Spring clean your bedroom

When it comes to spring cleaning, don’t forget about your bedding. You spend a third of your life in bed, so why not make it a healthy haven?

Consumer Reports says it’s a good idea to periodically clean up your pillows and mattress to remove dust mites, dirt and other allergens. Over time, regular cleaning will help keep your mattress in good condition.

First, clean your mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery or crevice attachment. Next, deodorize by sprinkling a one-pound box of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress and leaving it there for about 24 hours. Before you start, you’ll want to make sure you’ve made other sleeping arrangements for the night.

Fluff pillows every day to keep their shape and remove any dust. Once a month, run the pillows through the dryer on the no-heat cycle or hang them up outside on a breezy, sunny day.

If needed, some pillows can be washed. Memory foam and latex are two that you shouldn’t wash because they’re extremely difficult to dry thoroughly.

Instead, just spot treat any stains with a damp cloth and mild detergent. For feather and down pillows, submerge in warm water and a small amount of powder detergent. Knead gently, press out extra water, then roll in a towel to dry. Throw your pillows in the dryer on the no-air or air-dry setting, but be patient because it can take hours for pillows to completely dry and we want a completely dry pillow to prevent any mold or mildew.

You can add in a couple of towels to speed up the drying and a clean tennis ball or two to keep the pillows from clumping in the dryer.

To complete your bedroom’s spring cleaning, don’t forget about washing your sheets, comforter and other bedding. Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release liquid detergent earned top scores in Consumer Reports cleaning tests for body oil and dirt.

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