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Why It’s So Important To Clean Our Bed Sheets Regularly!

Why It’s So Important To Clean Our Bed Sheets Regularly!

Imagine you’ve had a hard day at the office and all you want to do is cook dinner, chill out and just disappear into your duvet for a long and coma like sleep.

However what if I were to tell you that your “happy place” is most likely riddled with human bacteria? Yes it’s a sad but very true, fact that your favourite Egyptian cotton sheets can actually be a hazard, that could later lead to infections!

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Where does this bacteria come from?

When we sleep our skin uses this time to regenerate itself, meaning in with the new and out with the old, which in turn requires the old skin to flake away. Although it’s not just dead skin cells we need to worry about! When you really think about it, our bed sheets are like a metaphorical fishing net catching thousands of different human cells such as body oils, saliva (if you drool), dirt from outside, sexual fluids and even urine and faecal matter.

To top it off humans secrete 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year, and at high humidity this moisture is considered as an ideal fungal cultural medium. Should you have a scratch or open wound then any of the above mentioned can actually cause infections. Dead skin cells attract dust mites which can affect those who are asthmatic.

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So how many times realistically should we be cleaning our duvet sheets?

For all of these reasons microbiologists recommend that all duvets and pillowcases should be washed at least once a week on 60c to destroy bacteria. It’s also been recommended by others to dry bed sheets and pillow cases in direct sunlight if you can, as the UV light is effective in killing micro-organisms. Also run a hot iron over pillow cases on the cotton setting to kill any leftover bacteria.

Now you have all the facts, you can see how important it is to ensure that your duvet and pillow cases are cleaned regularly and also in the most effective way. Although in all honesty how many people realistically have the time to do this each week?

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One solution to this is opting to use a quality dry cleaning service near you as it is a much easier way to get your dirty laundry done, that fits around your lifestyle and also gives you peace of mind that your duvet sheets are bacteria free.

The dry cleaning process uses chemical solvent other than water, which is typically toxic tetrachloroethylene and otherwise known as PCE, hence why it is only handled by experts. With the toxic solvent spreading through your bed sheets like a wave of antibacterial warriors, it’s almost guaranteed that your sheets and pillow cases will be properly sterilised and cleaned to perfection.

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Another bonus of using modern day dry cleaning and laundry services, is that they are usually really flexible to fit around your lifestyle, meaning you can use your time more productively. This also means no more worrying about the dreaded pile of ironing looming in the garage. Since, a laundry service will have an experience of the washing items, so there is no risk to get your favorite clothing ruined. They are responsible for the laundry and will use the appropriate chemical or solvent that helps your dress last longer.

One last thought…..

The most important thing to remember from all of this is that our health should always be the first priority. Whether you can afford to spend a little money on dry cleaning, or whether you would prefer to clean your sheets yourself, your bed sheets and pillowcases must be cleaned regularly, at least once a week to be precise.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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