I recently had a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman come to my house hoping I would purchase his wares. Despite his friendliness, I could not bring myself to purchase a Kirby with a price tag of $2,495.00. Kirby is celebrating 100 years of business, and I applaud them for that. They are also the sole vacuum cleaner company to still make home demonstrations their only means of sales. It was some of their new parts and accessories that caught my attention and caused me to do more research.
The friendly young man wanted to use a bed in the house, not to take a nap, but to demonstrate an attachment to see what was lurking in my bed sheets. I escorted him to the spare bedroom and let him show me how disgusting the bed sheets were. I wash the sheets frequently, but apparently not often enough. I was shocked and embarrassed! Here is what I discovered upon doing more research:
Almost every bed has dust mites, which are microscopic bugs that feed off of dead skin cells. These little things live, die and reproduce in the same bed sheets that you sleep in. The only way to keep these creatures under control is to wash your bed sheets on a regular basis.
Here's what you also may be sleeping in:
* Dead skin cells - Your body sheds about a million skin cells a day, so some of those are bound to come off when you sleep. Unfortunately, dead skin cells are a tasty snack for dust mites.
* Oils - Your body secretes natural oils as you sleep, which, of course, end up on your bed sheets.
* Sweat - If you get too hot during the night, your body will sweat to cool off.
* Bodily fluids - Saliva, blood, urine, fecal matter and bodily fluids from intercourse are all liable to show up on your bed sheets.
* Food crumbs - If you like to bring that midnight snack to bed, there's probably crumbs and other food particles that are begging to be eaten by bugs.
The research grossed me out but made me realize the importance of even more frequent washings. So thank you Kirby, not for selling me a vacuum cleaner, but for opening my eyes to better health and cleanliness.