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Autumn Clean #4 Don't let the bed bugs bite!

We all have different bedtime habits and body types – whether that's being partial to drinking a cup of tea in bed (with potential spillages) or excessive nighttime sweating. But on average, everyone expels 200ml in sweat and sheds hundreds of dead skin cells every night – and dust mites can live in their thousands in unwashed bedding.

Some of the best washable duvets can be washed in a domestic washing machine and dried as quickly and easily as bed linen, so it can be back on the bed the same day.

Are you an allergy sufferer? Buy from specialist Anti Allergy ranges. It is generally accepted that synthetic pillows and duvets are non-allergenic – meaning they're friendly for allergy sufferers. And always read the care instruction on duvets and pillows, as some products need to be professionally cleaned and handled in specific ways.

Like duvets and pillows, mattresses are another haven for the mighty mite! The recommended frequency to vacuum mattresses is weekly to reduce the risk of mites, but even doing this during autumn and spring cleaning is better than not at all. Use an upholstery brush attachment and wash mattress covers every month at 60° C. Also allow it to air between bedding changes.

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