Gut Rumbles

July 18, 2005

i should be very healthy

I've never understood the wisdom in making up a bed every day. You're just going to mess it up again in about 16 hours. So, I take the logical approach and seldom make my bed.

Now, thanks to new scientific research, I discover that I am NOT an unkempt slob. I am health-conscious.

The average bed can be home to as many as 1.5 million house dust mites, and when a bed is made up, it traps moisture in the sheets and mattress--ideal conditions for those mites. But the bugs apparently have a harder time surviving in the drier conditions of an unmade bed, reports the BBC News.

Now, if another group of enterprising scientists can "prove" that having a sink full of dirty dishes is a healthy thing, I ought to live forever.


YEAH FOR US NON BED MAKERS. My point on making up my bed was, WHY? No one is going to see but me, and i am just going to mess it up tonight. Plus i got better things to do with my time.

Posted by: Darth Medicus on July 18, 2005 10:24 AM

I dont do much in the way of housework, and I never make a bed.

My husband vacuums, changes the beds, makes the beds, does all the dishes, even irons.....

He was married before and when his divorce from his first wife became final, her parting comment was "I am really going to miss your housekeeping skills"...

Posted by: Ruth on July 18, 2005 10:51 AM

According to Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything:

"If your pillow is six years old -- which is apparently about the average age for a pillow -- it has been estimated that one-tenth of its weight will be made up of "sloughed skin, living mites, dead mites and mite dung," to quote the man who did the measuring, Dr. John Maunder of the British
Medical Entomology Center."

That's about 400,000 bugs taking a dump under your head every night.

Posted by: Sluggo on July 18, 2005 11:07 AM

And how much was spent on obtaining this "oh, so vital" information...?

Posted by: Mike on July 18, 2005 12:39 PM

My sheets havent been damp in a long long time.

Posted by: Marcus on July 18, 2005 01:10 PM

I've a theory on the 'sink full of dirty dishes possibly being healthy. If you leave them for long enough, then penicillin should grow on them, which will (should/possibly) make anything you eat off them safe and beneficial to health. Wonder if I can get a grant from the BMJ to try and prove this...?

PS, Silk sheets and good company are worth making a bed for...

Posted by: Misty on July 18, 2005 02:00 PM

You ask and I shall provide... From the following link

"Kitchens that look the cleanest are often the dirtiest. People who wipe their counters a lot often spread bacteria in the process. In a University of Arizona study, the "cleanest" kitchens were those of bachelors who never wiped up and just put the dirty dishes in the sink. Go figure."

There ya go!!!!

Posted by: Liz on July 18, 2005 04:32 PM

"I dont do much in the way of housework, and I never make a bed.

My husband vacuums, changes the beds, makes the beds, does all the dishes, even irons....."



Posted by: PJ on July 19, 2005 02:56 AM
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