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Does Not Making Your Bed Help Prevent Dust Mites?

A woman makes a bed.

While it might not seem like it, making the bed first thing in the morning is a little controversial. Some people swear by it, saying it makes you more productive. Others, though, say leaving it unmade is in the name of cleanliness. Are they onto something?

Does not making your bed help prevent dust mites? Unfortunately for those looking to avoid this task, the reason behind the idea isn’t completely solid.

Some believe allowing your bedding to “air out” can help prevent dust mites. The tiny little mites thrive in warm and moist environments, and after a night of sleeping and potentially sweating, that’s exactly what your bed is. According to Dr. Stephen Pretlove who spoke with the BBC a few years back, when you throw your covers off and don’t make the bed, you’ll dry out the environment and kill the mites.

Sounds great, right? Well, it might only be partially true.

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Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at Good Housekeeping, explained that the prevalence of dust mites in homes means this method of prevention is likely not very effective. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it in some capacity.

Forte said throwing back your covers when you first get out of bed could be useful. Then, go about making coffee or breakfast and getting ready. Then, before leaving for work or starting your day, make your bed.

If you’re worried about allergens or keeping your bed as clean as possible, you might want to wait before making your bed. And be sure you’re cleaning your bedding routinely as well.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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