Freezing conditions outside may not be ideal for enjoying the great outdoors, but they are perfect for eradicating potential pests from your household items. Simply lay a tarp outside and cover it with items you can’t launder easily, like pillows, throw blankets, toys, shoes and books. The harsh temps will kill bed bugs, dust mites and any other pesky critters lurking inside. Large items need as much as four days to properly freeze, so if you have the opportunity to take advantage of an extended cold spell, consider a secure location like an unheated garage or shed for this winter detox project.
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