Are your bed bugs alive and well but respectably clean after going through your washing machine? Many people don’t wash their bedding at a high enough temperature to kill bed bugs and bacteria.
Cotton bed sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases need washing once a week at 60 degrees centigrade in order to get rid of bed bugs and eggs. However, make sure you check the wash labels first to ensure it is OK to wash them at 60 degrees – especially if your sheets aren’t made of cotton.
More on bed bugs
If you have nerves of steel and a strong stomach you can read about their reproductive habits and how bed bugs have, a peak attack period about an hour before dawn here – Bedbugs (Wikipedia)
- Another side effect of washing at low temperatures can be a causes of build up of of grease, slime and black mould inside a washing machine (Also includes tip about maintenance washes for your washing machine)
- Whites coming out grey
- The downsides of Washing at 30 degree temperatures