Are you sleeping with the enemy? Your bedroom, which is supposed to be your sanctuary, a calm, tranquil space where you retreat at the end of the day. According to the U.S. National Sleep Foundation polls of 2011, clean, fresh-scented sheets, and a tidy room are essential to getting a good night’s sleep.
But before you know it, your room can become a hot spot for your hidden enemies: bacteria, viruses, and germs. These can accumulate not only in the cluttered and dusty parts of your room but also in the places where you should feel safe: your pillowcase, your side table, even on the floor. That’s because disease-causing bacteria can accumulate and thrive anywhere you forget to clean thoroughly. That’s why you can wind up sleeping with the enemy—literally.
Here are some helpful bedroom cleaning tips:
1. Collect all your cleaning supplies before you start. Gathering all the materials you need for cleaning your room will keep you from getting distracted and failing to accomplish the task. In the same way, you can make your own basic cleaning supply list beforehand to reduce the time you need for preparation.
2. Put all dirty clothes in the hamper. Don’t worry about unrolling socks and pulling shirts right side out. These tasks are easier to do while sorting the laundry. What matters is to separate used clothes from the clean ones.
3. Discard things that you don’t need anymore. Old clothes which you have not used for the past six months have already served you well; old books can be a treasure for others. These are good to go to charity. Other things that create clutter such as old magazines and knickknacks can be stored or given away.
4. Add a touch of green. Why not put a real plant in your room? Greenery can soothe tired eyes and remove excess carbon dioxide from your room while providing oxygen.
5. Make the bed. Fixing the sheets of your bed changes the look of your room, making it more inviting and organized-looking. Studies show that disease-causing bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can be found in the fabrics of bed sheets and blankets. In fact, not only do they live there, they are also transferable around your home through touch. And what’s worse than sleeping with these bacteria? That these can cause infections in critical body organs such as the lungs, the urinary tract, and kidneys. Thus, it is critical to clean and disinfect your room especially the pillows, bedsheets and blankets regularly.
6. Dispose of your trash properly. Your used food containers, water bottles, soda cans, and pizza boxes should go straight to the trash bin. Do not forget to close the lid of the bin to keep harmful insects from residing in it; they cause bacteria to breed and multiply.
7. Return misplaced items to their proper places. Pick up all the pens and papers scattered on the floor and put them on your desk. Identify which of these items belong to other rooms of the house. Be sure to put these things together in their respective locations and/or containers.
8. Sweep, mop, and vacuum. Move all the furniture so you can sweep or vacuum properly. When you’re done, do a run-through of your room and see to it that you have cleaned even the hard-to-reach areas.
9. Wipe your desk and room ornaments. Using a clean cloth, dust off your desk, pen containers, and room displays. Make sure you don’t miss out on even the smallest spots in your room.
10. Set a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting. Do it twice a month and use products you can trust to do a good job of getting rid of the bacteria and viruses. After cleaning your room, it is equally important to disinfect surfaces to destroy hard-to-kill disease-causing organisms. Lysol®, for instance, a brand that has been trusted worldwide for over 100 years, kills 99.9% of germs in 30 seconds. As such, it is the #1 disinfection brand recommended by pediatricians.
A third of your life is spent in your room. Make sure that enemy germs don’t rule your roost.