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7 Things You Are Washing Way Too Much

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Although it is good to get into a regular and frequent cleaning routine, we shouldn't be over-doing it. There are some things around the house that we need to hold off cleaning too frequently.

Take the time for yourself rather than cleaning an unnecessary amount. Here are seven things that you're cleaning way too often.    

1. Your dog.

You're probably washing your dog way too often. To avoid skin irritation, you should be washing you dog ever two to four months, if they get smelly in between washes, you can rinse them to remove dirt. If you feel bad waiting that long in between washes, don't! Your dogs skin is not like yours, and might get irritated by too many washes, and if it was up to them, you would never wash them.

2. Your comforter.  

There is a lot of speculation around how often you should wash your bedding. Although you should wash your sheets and pillow cases about once a week, your comforter does not need to be washed this often. You can wash your comforter every couple months, since it doesn't come in contact with your skin as much as the rest of your bedding.

3. Your hair.

You have probably heard by now that you shouldn't wash your hair everyday. This is because your hair needs oils in it to be healthy. Although it varies for everyone for how long they can go, no one should wash their hair everyday, it dries it out.

4. Jackets.

Unless your jacket has visible dirt on it or smells bad, you can wash it just every three months. It only needs to be washed every so often because it doesn't come into contact with your body oils like your other clothes do.

I am guilty of this next one..

5. Wood furniture.

Although we all like to clean the wood furniture before guests come so it doesn't look dusty, this may be doing more harm then good. Wood furniture cleaning sprays can cause buildup, which may result in even more dust. Instead, apply a thin coat of furniture polish once a month and wipe furniture down with just a cloth each week to remove any dust.

6. Clothes.

You should wash things like socks, underwear, and gym clothes after one wear but a lot of other clothes don't need to be washed that often. Washing jeans too often will ruin their color and shape. You should only need to wash jeans and sweaters after three to four wears. Wash them before this many wears if they are smelly or noticeably dirty.

7. Your hands, sort of.

You're going to want to actually read this one, because I am not telling you to stop washing your hands. No one needs a plague starting. That being said, you shouldn't rely on anti-bacterial soap or sanitizer all the time.

Some bacteria is good for you. It helps you build up a better immune system. If you use anti-bacterial sanitizer everyday, you are killing all these bacteria and will be more likely to catch viruses or infections because your body doesn't know how to fight them off.

Stop being a germophobe and stop cleaning these things too often.