A cleaning expert has issued her tips and tricks on the best ways to keep our bedding fresh – and revealed you probably aren’t washing your pillow cases enough.
Chantel Mila has racked up thousands of followers on her @Mama_mila_ TikTok account by sharing cleaning, styling and DIY advice for around the home.
In a recent video, she wrote: ‘This is your friendly reminder to go and wash your pillow case’ and her advice may make you question how long you leave between each wash in the future.
Chantel captioned the clip: ‘Your pillowcase is key to clearer skin and respiratory health’, writing: “Pillowcases build up sweat and oils which can lead to breakouts and allergies.
“Washing them properly every three to four days is so important” – which is bad news if you’re one to leave it on for weeks at a time.
She advised using a gentle liquid detergent in the wash, as well as adding two to three drops of eucalyptus oil which she says will “rid any dust mites or allergens” from your bedding.
However, Chantel also warns against using fabric softener, saying it can leave residue on the material that can cause breakouts and tells viewers to opt for white vinegar instead.
When one person asked if the vinegar leaves a smell on the pillowcases or the washing in general, she replied to say: “No, it deodorises and leaves your clothes smelling amazing.”
Then simply turn the washing machine on as normal and you’ve got fresh sheets, with the expert saying it can improve both your quality of sleep and your health.
Previously, Chantel said if your white bedding is beginning to lose its shine, the best thing to do is soak them in very hot water with fresh lemon juice for “at least one hour”.
Then, throw them into the washing machine and add half a cup of bicarbonate of soda straight into the drum before giving them a spin as usual.
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