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I’m not a germaphobe, but there are certain household items that freak me out if they are not timely updated. Oftentimes we are too busy to think about the shelf life of certain household goods. And this post is a timely reminder to spring clean 5 areas of your home on a completely different level.
Replace Your Mattress: Every 8 Years
A few months back, I read a disturbing article saying that a mattress doubles in weight due to dust mites. Later on, WSJ debunked this myth, but it still left me thinking. If we spend so many hours every day sleeping, there should be a reason for updating your bed routinely. Recall all the nightmares that made you sweat at night and body lotion that absorbs into the surface of your mattress… All these accumulations age your bed. No wonder experts are saying that it’s ideal to update your mattress every 8 or so years.
To be precise, it would be almost 10 years since we updated our old mattress. Even though over time it has lost its firmness, I kept forgetting to order a new one. As it turned out, mattress technology changes quicker than you think.
A decade ago it was all about memory foam mattresses. These days, best mattresses combine a few different technologies. I selected the Miranda mattress style by GelFoamBed, rated as #1 mattress by Better Homes & Gardens magazine. This 12″ mattress contains 1.5″ Gel Infused Foam which provides cool pressure relief. Followed by 3″ Halcyon Foam, a new mattress technology that increases comfort at any temperature. 1″ each firm and soft Eco Flex Foam helps to provide proper weight distribution. And 5.5″ Eco Flex Support Core provides natural and ergonomic support.
How cool is the mattress science, right? The nerd in me is obsessed with all the science that goes into creating GelFoamBed mattresses. And as an avid coffee drinker and fitness addict who runs on 6 hours of sleep per day, I’m all about having a comfy bed. In fact, it’s an absolute must to ensure that I’m feeling great regardless of how many hours of Vitamin Z I had a chance to score that day.
After a few months of continuous testing, I’m certain that GelFoamBed The Miranda Single Side Gel Memory Mattress is the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on. The mattress has a perfect firmness to it — when you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, but it’s not excessively soft to the point when it’s not good for your back. Perhaps, the best way to describe this mattress is that it offers a perfect balance of softness and firmness that feels so relaxing and soothing.
I loved the idea that my GelFoamBed mattress came in a medium size box with my mattress rolled in it. It was one of those packages when they take the air out, so your mattress literally blows up when opened. Honestly, I was SO happy about it, because last time I purchased a mattress I had to offer a delivery service that was neither convenient or cheap.
So, if you ask me for a perfect mattress update recommendation, I would definitely suggest The Miranda Single Side Gel Memory Mattress. Not only it’s comfortable and perfectly packaged, it’s also much more affordable than many other famous mattress brand options. Check it out — I’m sure you are going love it!
Replace Your Loofah: Every Month
From all the items in this list, that’s the one I can’t even relate to. In fact, I had to go all the way to my parents’ house to take these loofah photos… because I don’t have any in my house. I once learned how much bacteria could be found on these shower accessories, and my relationship with loofahs stopped right there. I threw out the ones I had and never re-purchased new ones.
Just to freak you out a little bit, this about it this way. Warm and humid temperature in your bathroom is the perfect environment for all the gross stuff growing on your loofah in the quickest way possible. Add to it product build-up and little particles of your skin that you exfoliate with loofah — that’s the stuff you are rubbing your body with ones or twice daily. So please, Please, PLEASE! Change your loofah monthly — or ditch it completely.
Replace Your Toothbrush: Every 3 Month
I don’t need to say much about this topic as you probably heard about it a million times already. A toothbrush is not something designed to be used your whole life or even a year. You have — and must — replace it at least every 3 months.
It’s not as easy as it sounds though as replacing my toothbrush is something I kept forgetting to do for years. And then I learned these facts about all the germs your old toothbrush accumulates and started writing the expiration date of my brush with Sharpie when I start using a new toothbrush. Granted: it didn’t look presentable or cute at all, as even waterproof markers at some point start running onto your hands.
These days I’m using a new technology: every time I start using a new brush, a create a calendar alert on my phone so I know when it’s next time to replace it. So efficient and easy — I’m hooked!
Replace Your Pillow: Every Year
I don’t want to repeat all the reasons why your bedding should be replaced regularly, but when it comes to pillows there is actually another reason. If you love skincare as much as I love it, you know that if you are not going to bed looking greasy and shiny from all the moisturizers and face oils, you are probably not doing it right. Guess where all the product build-up ends up though? That’s right: your pillow and a silk pillowcase you are so proud of.
Ideally, it’s recommended to replace your pillow every 6 months. But knowing how difficult it is to find a perfect one, I can see how once a year is a more realistic suggestion. Usually, we change our pillows in the summer. So the season serves as a reminder that it’s time to update our bedding.
Another recommendation is to set-up an alarm on your calendar. That way, you will remember to update your bedding yearly. You’ll be surprised how much your sleep will improve if you always sleep on an up-to-date pillow.
Replace Your Bathrobe: Every Few Years
Being a fashion blogger, I always pay attention to what people wear. Not only in their public lives — on the street, at the restaurant, in college. But also, in the comfort of their own home. How many times I stopped at my friends’ house to find that these stylish girls wore an old, worn-off bathrobe…
For me, such fashion dissonance is a major faux pas. It tells me that some people are dressing for someone else, not themselves — and I can’t agree with it. Having a beautiful fresh bathrobe is something that all us deserve to have for ourselves. We spend so much time applying face masks, blow-drying our hair, doing makeup… Why not dressing up for ourselves while doing so?
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There you have it: some inspiration on what to update in your house to refresh it for fall. Do you already follow any of the recommendations on this list? If so, how often do you replace your mattress with pillows, your toothbrush, and loofahs? Let’s discuss in the comments area below!