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Oh ya, I leave our guest bed without sheets at all, just the comforter over for looks. Then when guests come over I put fresh sheets on so they can SMELL that they are fresh!

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I've heard the horrors before but I only change them once a week. I only do cold water washes, but I figured my sheets haven't killed me yet, so I'm not going to stress about it too much.

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Oh ya, I leave our guest bed without sheets at all, just the comforter over for looks. Then when guests come over I put fresh sheets on so they can SMELL that they are fresh!
That is a great idea! I need to do that.

I am an every other week girl.

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Oh ya, I leave our guest bed without sheets at all, just the comforter over for looks. Then when guests come over I put fresh sheets on so they can SMELL that they are fresh!
I do that too wink.gif

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I watched some special on that whole fecal matter and 6ft away thing, and ever since I put my toothbrush in the medicine cabinet where I think it's safe, and other than hand soap I don't keep anything out on the sink, it grossed me out too much!! Not sure if it's a good thing or bad. As far as sheets go, once a week...I love the smell of fresh sheets when I go to sleep.

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I watched a special on flying fecal matter too and putting the lid down doesn't prevent this problem. Sorry girls! sad.gif Apparently it just goes out around the sides of the lid so it still comes out. Thankfully, my toilet has a room all to itself!

 

As for sheets- I would love to remember to wash them every weekend. I tend to be more of a every 2 weeks person. But then again, the bugs and germs don't really gross me out. I'm like Jessica- if it hasn't killed me yet and if I don't think about it- then I'm cool!

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I also saw the "fecal" tv special lol Yea totally grossed me out!

I'm a bit of a germaphobe, so wash my sheets once a week, as well as my daughter's crib sheets get changed weekly as well.

I just LOVE clean fresh sheets, totally one of my favourite things.

But I do wash everything in Cold water (besides Whites).

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Well....I'm in the running with my girl Abbie...I'm an every 3 week girl and then I wash the whole thing. Sheets, mattress pad and I wash the mattress. My bathroom counter is a mess...I'm not even going there! Ewwww....

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Found this :

 

Washing Methods

 

If youâ€re not using hot water and hot air to wash youâ€re bedding than all you are doing is giving the dust mites and/or bedbugs that live in youâ€re bedding a bath. The only reliable way to remove and inactivate pests and allergens, is to use hot water above 60c / 140f and then dry in hot air.

 

Another method for removing dust mites from bedding is supplemental rinsing. After a warm water wash, put the bedding through 2 cold water rinses, this has proven to help remove most allergens including pet dander and pollen. The problems associated with supplemental rinses include using 2-3 times the amount of water as a single hot water wash and the trade off in costs between heating a single hot water wash and using 2-3 times the quantity of fresh water.

 

The most important aspect of hot water versus cold water is effectiveness. While a hot water wash has proven to remove all dust mites, a warm water, 40c / 104f, wash removes only 6.5% of dust mites.

 

While a hot water wash will kill all dust mites and inactivate the allergens generated by dust mites, only a hot air drying cycle for an extended period of time, over 40 minutes , will kill bedbugs. Bedbugs are larger and hardier than dust mites. They can survive much more extreme environments and conditions, and so can their eggs.

 

Putting ALL bedding through a hot air drying cycle will desiccate ( dry out ) any live bedbugs or eggs that survive the hot water wash. Bedbugs or their eggs cannot survive the extended high heat and will die.

 

From here :

How to Choose and Wash Bedding for Maximum Protection from Allergens, Dust mites and Bedbugs

 

A lot of other sources say the same. Hot water should be used to kill bacteria and mites, as well as allergens in general. For instance :

 

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

 

How to Kill Dust Mites

 

Dust Mites: Everything You Might Not Want To Know!!!

 

Allergens:House-dust mite and insect pests | Surviving Allergy

 

 

Enjoy - specially the ones with the pics haha !

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