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Bed Bug Question

Readers' Questions at Go Gingham

A reader sent me this question recently:  Are you worried about bed bugs when purchasing used items?

Answer: No, but I do inspect items very carefully before bringing them into my home. With furniture that has cushions or stuffing, I take the cushions apart to make sure no little creatures are living inside it first. Bug infestations, especially spiders for some reason on wood furniture, are common.  With wood furniture, I just clean it with white vinegar. White vinegar on a cloth rag is a great way to wipe grime off of newly “acquired” furniture.  Any treasures that I pick up off of a sidewalk or from a garage/estate sale go directly into our garage. This is sort of “quarantine” program. With clothing, I just wash the garments before wearing them.  I always add white vinegar to the wash water when I’m washing used items.

Are you considered about bed-bugs? Do you have any tricks to share?

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