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When it gets colder, you snuggle your duvet more. But you’re not the only one who feels comfortable in there, mites do too! “Those invisible animals can cause harmful allergies,” explains Roxanna. “Wash your duvet before you use it at 60 degrees. You can put a tennis ball into the washing machine to stop the duvet from getting lumpy as the ball hits the feathers continuously.” After washing, Roxanna suggests letting the duvet rest in the sun because the ultraviolet rays kill the acarian after 24 hours.[Photo: Getty]

Your bedsheets and 11 other things you should be washing more often (especially if you don't want to get ill!)

When it comes to washing things like our bedsheets, we have all the good intentions. But somehow, the Stranger Things box set, seems to get in the way, and before you know it, changing the bed has slipped right to the bottom of the to-do list. Oops.

But could our cleanliness (or lack of) be having a knock on effect of our health?

According to some studies it could because not keeping on top of our bed sheet laundry means we’re creating a breeding ground for harmful microbes that can totally make us ill.

Philip Tierno, from New York University, told Business Insider that we need to be washing our sheets every week if we want to avoid some seriously icky effects on our health.

According to the microbiologist, microscopic life can build up over time within our bed clothes and, eventually, make people sick.

In fact, just two weeks of, er, build-up is enough to leave you with a scratchy throat, especially if you suffer with allergies.

In other gross news of the day, your unwashed bedding could also be making you sneeze and sniffle more as the microbes are near your face, meaning you’re likely to breathe them in. Bleugh!

And your bed sheets aren’t the only household item we should be washing more often than we do. We spoke to cleaning experts Helpling.co.uk, the UK’s leading online platform for booking a cleaner, to reveal some everyday items you need to be washing right now. Like, now, now!

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