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How often you should wash your Hairs, Purses, jeans, mattress, sheets, and more!
Here are some guidelines about when to wash household items.
Your Hair: Every other day
Washing your hair every day strips your strands of natural oils, so it's best to shampoo on alternating days at most. If you're prone to oily roots, spray or sprinkle dry shampoo as a refresher to soak up grease.
Purse: Every week
Field tests have shown that purses sometimes carry traces of E. coli, most often on the bottom, which rests on germy surfaces. By keeping your favorite catch-and-carry clean, you'll avoid unwanted germs gathering inside (and be able to find things easier!).
1. Clean vinyl bags with a disinfecting wipe. Use an alcohol-free baby wipe (ensure it won't stain by testing an inconspicuous spot) on your favorite leather handbag.
2. Machine-or hand-wash your cotten bags in hot water and air-dry.
Jeans: Every four to five wears
It's ok to wear your heavy denim jeans several times before washing, as long as they're not stained. Over-washing can cause them to wear out prematurely.
Bras: Every 3 to 4 wears
A general rule is that you should never wear the same bra two days in a row, because elastic needs time to reshape. Have a rotation of a few bras, and give each one at least 24 hours to recover before wearing it again. With proper rotation, bras can last several wears between washes.
Sheets: Once a week
Sheets should be washed often to remove a buildup of debris, dust, sweat and other icky things. Use hot water (130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit) and a hot dryer cycle to kill all germs.
Mattress: Every six months
Believe it or not, the big, bulky bedroom essential is one of the easiest-to-clean items in your home—and it should be done twice a year!
1. Vacuum the top of the mattress using an upholstery attachment.
2. Then, remove stains by wiping down the surface with a cloth lightly dampened with cold water and a small amount of upholstery shampoo. Be careful not to soak the mattress (moisture can create mold and damage the padding).
Protect your mattress from dust mites and stains by buying a quality mattress pad. And guess what: There's no need to flip your mattress! Instead, rotate it head to toe every six months for even wear.
Bed Pillows: Every three to six months
One study found that 16 species of fungi can live in an average pillow, and the stuffing actually attracts allergy-causing dust mites. So to ensure you're only laying your head down in a clean space, wash your pillows a few times throughout the year.
1. Use the gentle cycle on your machine, hot water and liquid detergent (powder can leave a residue). Wash two regular-size pillows together to balance the load (king-size ones should go one at a time).
2. Run the rinse cycle twice.
3. Then, to dry them, place pillows in the dryer with two clean tennis balls, and set on low. Polyester-or cotton-filled pillows take one to two hours to dry; down requires two hours or more (check for moistness or clumps by pinching several spots on the pillow.)
Wood Furniture: Once a year
Burnish tables, bureaus and the like using just a few time-tested tips!
1. Wipe down the furniture surface with a damp cloth and then with a dry cotton one.
2. Select paste wax that has a high carnauba content; the natural botanical substance acts as a protectant and won't degrade the finish. Apply in a circular pattern. Leave on for a few minutes.
3. Then, remove with a dry cotton cloth, using long strokes in the direction of the wood grain. When the cotton cloth slides rather than drags, your job is done.
Did you know? Spray and liquid polishers, silicone-based waxes and oil soaps contain solvents that can damage furniture by lifting or discoloring the finish.