Never make your bed: Thwart dust mitesOcusFocus/iStock
Did you know that your bed is likely home to 1.5 million hungry dust mites feeding off your dead skin scales and swimming in the moisture left over on your sweat-soaked sheets? Or that, if inhaled, the allergens they produce (which is actually their poop—Mm-mmm!) can cause asthma and allergies? Sleep tight! Thankfully, it’s easy to stop the little buggers: Don’t make your bed. Sheets and blankets tucked in with their hospital corners locks in moisture mites need to survive. As with Dracula, exposure to sunlight kills them. Stephen Pretlove, PhD, of Kingston University’s School of Architecture told the BBC, “Leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.” Here are other tricks to dust-proof your house.
Don’t wash your hair: Rock a better ‘doaetb/iStock
Twilight actor Robert Pattinson has a lot of hair, which, in my book, makes him an expert. So I took notes when he said, “I don’t really see the point in washing your hair… It’s like, I don’t clean my apartment ’cause I don’t care. I have my apartment for sleeping, and I have my hair for just, you know, hanging out on my head.” Turns out he has a point. Washing your hair every day “strips it of its essential oils,” according to HuffingtonPost.com. “Day-old hair styles better and generally looks better than freshly washed hair.” Hairstylist and founder of Drybar Alli Webb told WebMD.com, “I have always said, ‘It’s fine to go a few days without shampooing.'” (It’s true, she’s always saying it. She’s the dullest conversationalist). “For hair that’s normal in terms of oiliness and medium weight, I sometimes tell my clients to go as long as they can without shampooing.” When it comes to washing my hair, I’m Team Edward all the way! Here are other reasons you should shower less often.