Tip #3: Use essential oils to freshen and disinfect mattress pads and pillows.
Once upon a time, I changed my family's sheets every single week. Goodness gracious, I don't do that anymore! To be completely honest, I only change sheets about every 2 weeks so, hopefully, nobody is too grossed out to continue reading. :)
To keep all of our mattress pads and pillows nice and fresh, I use essential oils. I mostly choose lavender for this - it has a calming, fresh scent plus it's considered to be a bacteria buster! According to The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, Lavender is antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal.
Here's what I do: I apply about 2 drops of essential oil to one of my palms and then rub my hands together to evenly distribute the oil. Next, I use my hands to smooth the oil all over the mattress pad and pillows that I sleep on. After that, I put new sheets on my bed. I repeat this process for every bed in the house.
Lavender is also a good choice for this because it's clear. I don't worry about it staining the bedding. I have used other oils, too, but if they aren't clear like Thieves, for example, I'm extra careful!
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