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How to Clean Your Pillows, Because They Are Full of Dead Bugs

If flea-infested motels are the first thing that comes to mind when you hear you’re sleeping with millions of dead bugs and other nasty debris, then you may want to read a commentary from USA Today, which reports that your own pillow at home is a collection site for dust mites and their droppings. Even your own dead skin contributes to the mess which, in only a couple years, can add up to one-third of your pillow’s weight!

If your pillow is washable, this might be a good time to throw it in the laundry. And since the referenced article suggests you add fabric softener to the washer or dryer with your pillow, this might be a good time to think about using natural alternatives to these products. This is because, while fabric softeners and dryer sheets help remove static electricity from your clothes, they are filled with toxic chemicals known to trigger central nervous system damage, cancer and asthma.

In fact, a study published in 2011 found over 25 different air pollutants, including those known to cause cancer, such as benzene and acetaldehyde, in chemicals released by dryer sheets and fabric softeners.

Natural alternatives for fabric softeners include making your own or by adding a moist towel with a drop of essential oil on it (for a natural scent) in the last 10 minutes of the drying cycle. If the dryer finishes before you add the towel, add the towel and dry on the lowest setting for another 10 minutes.
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