Before you jump onto earthing sheets, it is important to first understand what is earthing. Simply put, earthing is a way for the body to receive natural energy from the ground, through natural means such as walking barefoot, or through artificial means such as using earthing sheets. According to research, earthing allows negatively-charged free electrons to move from the ground into our bodies, and react with the positively-charged electrons that our bodies collect through exposure to free radicals. This process basically “grounds” our bodies and removes excess positively-charged electrons that harm bodily systems in different ways.
When used in sleeping, earthing sheets provide the same grounding that your body may get while walking barefoot on the ground. The best ones, like those from providers like What is Earthing?, are typically made of 100% cotton with silver threads to conduct energy. This guarantees comfort and the constant supply of negatively-charged electrons to ground the body.
Proper Earthing Sheet Maintenance
Now that you have an idea on what an earthing sheet is, it’s time to know how to maintain it. Your earthing sheet doesn’t last forever, of course, but a properly maintained one can be useful for years. Conversely, improper maintenance can cause your earthing sheet to lose its function in a matter of days, so here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Wash them – Washing should be done weekly, or at least twice a month, otherwise, sweat and other organic compounds from the skin could restrict or even prevent conductivity.
- Warm water – Use only warm water when you wash your earthing sheets. If you’re going to use a washing machine, make sure that the setting is on ‘gentle’. Also remember to dilute the detergent first in water, and to never pour it directly on your earthing sheets. When using the dryer, place the setting on low, or ‘no heat’.
- Don’t bleach – Never use bleach on your sheets. Bleach instantly destroys the conductivity of your earthing sheets, and is often the cause of reported “sudden deaths” of sheets. Also avoid detergents with fabric softeners because they may cause the sheets to eventually lose their conductivity. Just plain and regular washing detergent will do, as long as you don’t use too much.
- Do not dry clean –Too much heat is generally bad for earthing sheets.
- Avoid topical skin products – Products like lotions and creams have oils which weaken conductivity, and eventually wear the sheets down through constant absorption.
Once you notice that the sheets are not giving you the same effects anymore, or that old conditions, such as allergies, are coming back, this could mean that the time for replacement has come.
How to Optimize the Lifespan of Your Earthing Sheet, earthinginstitute, January 2, 2014
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