Simply Natural: Bedding & Fresh Air

Welcome to the first edition of "Simply Natural". I just wanted to make regular updates on different things and projects, so this is going to be one of them. I figured, "Let's take things other cultures do and older generations did and apply them to life today!" When you think about it, they live a pretty simple life of taking care of things that mattered in the most efficient way. That sounds good to me!

This post is about a easy way to freshen up bedding, and though many people may know this, people who don't can enjoy!

For those of you who actually read my blog, you would know I recently got over being sick for about a week. I had to clean up everything so that I wouldn't re-catch the germs and so I tried something that I have seen in South Korea for my bedding.

You are supposed to wash your sheets every 1-2 months, but comforters, quilts, and afghans are something we do not really wash often. Mainly because comforters take a really long time to dry, and quilts and afghans are delicate. I hate washing mine because I am so afraid of them being damaged. And while most newer models of washers have a "hand wash" setting, it is still nerve-wracking to use.

Since we have dryers, we don't really hand clothes on the line anymore, plus we are scared of thieves, am I right? So, getting sunshine and fresh air into our bedding doesn't happen much anymore. The best, and fastest way to freshen up bedding is to "Air it out", and so that's exactly what I did!

I have to fully remake my bed every week or so (when my mattress shifts, etc.), so I took this as an opportunity to do this. It's pretty simple. Strip your bed, taking off all the sheets, comforters, etc. off. Also take off the pillows and pillow cases and any stuffed animals (For children, or fun people like me!).

If you have a porch rail that is best, if not find a clean spot outside to set your things.

This works best with two people, but I did it alone. If it's two people stretch the blankets out, like when you are folding things. If it's just you fold it in half. Air them out by whipping them up and down for about a minute each.

It was really fun to take pictures of this! 

If you want them done "extra well" hit them against your leg or table. You can also stretch them out and hit them. If it's a delicate item, just do this very little and gently.

This is best done on a nice, sunny day. Although there is snow on the ground, it was still a pretty warm day. Plus, it's a pretty good work out if you have a lot of them to do.

As for your pillows, it's basically the same thing. Strip off the cases from the pillows and take them outside. Whip the cases in the air like the blankets. The pillows you can do around the same thing, plus you want to "fluff" them. If you don't know how to do that, it's squishing and un-squishing them over and over, and all around! It's pretty fun, in my opinion! You can also smack the pillows.

It's really good for pillows and stuffed animals because we don't really ever wash those, so it's a good way to literally "Dry Clean" them!

   Once everything is aired out, remake the bed. Mine felt a lot more fresh and clean after doing this.

This is something you can do once or twice a month, depending on how much you would like to do it and how musky your house seems to you. And it's also good to do this after anyone has been sick in bed (like myself). 

One last thing before I end this post. The importance of fresh air. I know people say this a lot, but how many of us want to leave the house or do this? I live in a very cold place, and I have also lived in very hot and humid places. I know that with extreme weather you don't want to leave your cozy, temperate home. But you do not have to stand outside to get it! 

In many places, including South Korea (once again), fresh air is considered very important. No matter how hot or cold it is they will open the windows at least once a day. Many people, Benjamin Franklin rumored to be one of them, believe that opening a window when you sleep and are sick will help you recover faster. Having cold, wet hair when you sleep won't ever help, but you get the point I hope. 

Opening windows rids the house/room or the stagnant, re-breathed air and brings in new air. If you are inside a lot it is important to open windows and let new air in, especially if people are sick. It's cold, so I don't really want to, but I do it anyways. When the weather is extreme you just open them up less.

I crack mine open for a few hours in the day and close them later. At first I didn't see what the big deal was. But, after I did this for a while I did not open them one day. I noticed it then. The air smelled bad, thick, and stagnant, the moment I walked into the room. Needless to say, I open up the windows. I have felt a huge difference with this small thing. I feel a lot healthier! Since it is so cold where I live and I can't leave the house much opening the windows helps me a lot. 

On nice days it's good to be out for a short while, just do a short activity outside, in the sun, and come back in (Such as airing out bedding!) Filling up your lungs with fresh air is great for you, and so is sunshine. Your body absorbs vitamins through sunlight, so it's good to be outside for that reason. If it is too cold or hot, open up the blinds and soak up the sun through your window. 

So I hope that this helps you out, because I know it has helped me a lot! 

See you next time you jump down the Rabbit hole,