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Is Your Bed Ready for Cupid’s Arrow?

Valentine’s Day means candy, flowers and…clean sheets? A perfect dinner, romantic gesture and expensive bottle of wine are all for nothing if your romantic evening ends with dirty sheets. And we don’t mean the good kind of dirty. Here is our BrightNest friendly reminder to get your bed Valentine’s Day ready so you can canoodle all night long!

1. Wash your sheets. If you threw your sheets in the wash over the weekend, then kudos! You can skip this step. If it’s been longer than that, a good cleaning may be in order. As you sleep, sweat, dust mites and bacteria are making your sheets their home. If you only want one bedfellow on Valentine’s Day, wash your sheets in scalding hot water and then tumble dry. Love Tip: Try this DIY lavender laundry detergent. (It’s an aphrodisiac!)

2. Clean up stains. Even if your bed is clean, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look clean! If you’ve spotted a stain on your sheets, soak them in cold water for an hour or so. Then, fill a plastic spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and douse the stain. Let it sit for about five minutes, and then wash your sheets in cold water on the longest cycle possible (warm water will only set the stain). If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat the process!

3. Wash your pillows. Washing your sheets and skipping your pillows is like wearing a tuxedo with sneakers. You’re close to perfecting your love nest, but not quite there. Keep your pillows germ- and bacteria-free by tossing them into your washing machine two at a time. Use mild detergent rather than powder detergent and run them through the rinse cycle twice. When you put them in the dryer, throw in a couple of tennis balls wrapped in clean, white socks – they’ll fluff your pillows up! Just make sure your pillows are completely dry, otherwise they’re at risk for mold.

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