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Your mattress is gross.

We’re sorry, but it is. It’s hard not to be, what with the amount we sweat and shed while we’re asleep.

Dead skin cells, loose follicles, dust, bodily fluids, crumbs, blood, dirt and grime are just some of the things that could be lurking deep in the chasms of your mattress – you know, your sanctuary.

But did you know that, at this very moment, there could be two million dust mites in your mattress? They look like this (only, not just a lone straggler, but an army of two million):

Dust Mites

And of those two million dust mites, did you know they can (and often do) produce up to 40 million tiny mite-sized bundles of poop?

That’s irksome on its own, but what this poop does to you is even worse.

So, basically these dust mites are attracted to the food you create. Your dead skin cells will migrate to the depths of your mattress, and for a dust mite, that kernel of dermal tissue is food. After we eat, we poop, and so do dust mites. The problem here lies in the inhalation of these particles, which commonly cause asthma or allergic reactions, even within those who don’t currently suffer from any dust-related allergies. Seriously, you’re in dreamland and inhaling up to 40 million tiny pellets of mite poop. That’s not okay!

Asthma

 

Microbiologist Toby Saville spells it out simply for us, noting, “They’re a problem for you because they’re really lightweight and you breathe them in…children in particular can become sensitized to allergens at any time.” It’s this very reason that he teamed with Dyson to produce the DC61 Mattress Handheld, which sucks the heck out of what lies beneath your mattress (for an illustration of how quickly allergens multiply, watch this informative and chilling video at your own risk). By eliminating the dust particles, you’re actually preventing skin rashes (caused by irritation), non-rhythmic breathing during sleep (caused by clogged airways) and congestion.

The “Animal” as its called is on sale right now, and if you’re looking for an immediate fix, it’s the easiest route. Its motor is three-times the speed of anything else on the market, clocking 110,000 RPM, and a deep clean can occur in about six minutes. The residue that it picks up is actually incredibly disgusting, but you’ll be happy it’s out. But we get that a purchase like this is something you need to think about or save up for (it’s $250), so we’re not leaving you hanging. If you need to think it through, here are some easy ways to deep-clean your mattress while you sit on it:

  • Use baking soda, a vacuum and essential oils. This process takes more than an hour, but the outcome is aromatic and soothing. First, massage one full box of baking soda and 15 to 20 drops of your favourite oil into your mattress. Once you’ve completed that step, let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum it away.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide. Getting in deep is easy with baking soda, but what about the tough, seemingly irreversible stains? By combining hydrogen peroxide with salt and dish soap, you can at least spot clean the troubling grit and grime that’s constantly haunting you. (This works for blood stains!)