When FYI is TMI

I love to browse the web. I often find very useful information on the health benefits of coffee, the latest outbreak of Mad Cow Disease, or a new recipe for ground beef. Sometimes I’ll click on a story to keep up to date on the latest fashion trends or political gaffes. I certainly wouldn’t want to be in the dark on such hot topics and browsing the web is how I stay informed. There are times when all of this free information can have negative consequences, though.

Yesterday while browsing on Yahoo,  I saw an article that caught my eye. It asked how often I washed my bedding and, apparently, I do not do it often enough. Fortunately for you readers, I could not find the link so you do not need to be guilted into changing your habits. However, when I read about the dust mites, pet dander and- heaven forbid- bed bugs that could inhabit our beds I decided I was due for an overhaul.

I immediately stripped down my bed- from the mattress pad to the shams- and began the long process of washing every item. Actually, it wasn’t the washing that took the time since I just threw it in the machine on the hottest cycle with bleach and fabric softener. The big hassle was getting the mattress pad and comforter dry. I had to keep pulling them out of the dryer, untwisting them and restarting the cycle. Each one must have taken 2+ hours total time to dry completely. Once I got through my bedding I moved on to my daughter’s bed. While her bed is smaller, she has two comforters and 4 shams so it was still a lot of work.

Then I had to take everything back upstairs and reassemble the layers, one at a time. I have to say,  both beds looked beautiful and smelled so clean and fresh.


Falling asleep in newly washed sheets with a hint of lavender fragrance was my reward. I usually wash the sheets every 3 weeks, but knowing the mattress pad was mite free and the comforter was stain free made me feel my efforts were worth it.  

Still, I can’t see myself doing this every time. I have better things to do than make sure my bedding is perfectly clean. It was an all day affair, and it continues today with the other two beds in my house.

Maybe I can bring myself to tackle this chore once a season. Then again, I could change my mind when a few days from now any lingering benefits of clean bedding will have expired. Is it really worth the effort? And is it worth feeling guilty about? In the future I will try to avoid clicking on stories that might make me feel like I am neglecting to do something- especially if it is something I dislike.

Besides I have more pressing things to look up, like how to get rid of these pesky spring ants…

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stmarco
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:03:40

    This is very funny. Did you tell daughter about the dust mites? 🙂 I remember once a door-to-door sales person from a vacuum company giving a demo and showing pictures of all the crazy microscopic creatures surrounding us (and living on us) that the vacuum would lift away. It was freaky. Best to ignore it. Most have no harm to us, and some even bring benefits. They’re everywhere! ha ha.



  2. Carol
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 17:17:43

    It’s important to keep in mind that people who write articles like that are probably obsessive and very unhappy because how could one spend that much time dwelling on the thought of all the tiny littles that could be living pretty much wherever they choose in our homes, and, being expert at not being observed, we would never know about it. Until one of those articles written by one of those obsessive/compulsive, and therefore very unhappy, persons catches our eye. Which induces guilt, self-harrassment and undue worrying and work to try to rid our environments of every little little. I suggest we not waste our time, because I can guarantee that some of those little littles will have found crevices to hide out and as soon as we go away for a few minutes, they will return to their happy home. See?



  3. themiddlegeneration
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 20:06:49

    I totally agree. I think the point to keep in mind is not to fall into the trap of believing everything you read on the web, or overreacting to what you might learn. What do they call living happily together- symbiosis? I can handle that.



  4. Simon
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 23:33:51

    Fresh clean sheets are the best. Usually my four best night’s sleep of the year. wait, is that gross?



  5. Susan
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:40:11

    If we did every thing we are “supposed” to do for safety’s sake, we wouldn’t have time for anything else. But maybe this is just my rationalization for a filthy house. My kid lapped up ice cream that someone spilled on the ground in front of his school and ate a cookie that someone rode a bike over in Riverside Park, both of which are much more unhygenic than your sheets, and he’s still around. But wait. . . . maybe that explains some of his problems.



  6. themiddlegeneration
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 17:11:36

    Aren’t there studies that link the rise of auto-immune disorders to the lack of exposure to germs? So maybe we actually harm our kids by preventing them from doing such things. Your son probably has a healthier immune system now.



    • Susan
      May 01, 2012 @ 11:13:29

      Well, he has only missed one day of school due to illness over the last 3 years. (I hope I didn’t just jinx him!)



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