Most of the time we concentrate more on the comfort of our bed than on its cleanliness. But a freshly laundered set of sheets can make bedtime even more comfortable … and better for you.
So how often should you Really Change your bed linen? And what if you don’t?
Your leaves can get pretty gross pretty quickly, but you probably won’t notice the microscopic amount they collect. Thousands of tiny dust mites and dead skin cells thrive in your sheets. And when you sleep naked, feces (yes, feces … like feces) build up on your sheets over time.
So how often should you wash them? According to a survey of more than 1
You will definitely want to wash your sheets more often if you:
- Do not shower before bed
- sleep naked
- Let your pet sleep in your bed
- eat in bed
- sweat a lot
- Have allergies or asthma
- are sensitive to dust
- have an infection or lesion touching your bedding
It is best to wash your bedding once a week. If you are currently on a bi-weekly leaf washer, it may be helpful to have a replacement kit. Change your bedding weekly to keep the laundry less frequent.
Okay, you might be wondering: I do Really Do you have to wash my bed linen every week? YUP.
Her sheets are harbingers of rudeness and collect sweat, skin cells and body secretions. Unwashed, they also leave you exposed to (not so) fun things like bacteria, pollen, pet dander, and fungus.
While these aren’t necessarily recipes for a health catastrophe, unclean leaves are likely not good for your general wellness. A 2017 study found that you can spread and infect infections through dirty bedding.
If you live with eczema, it can trigger a flare-up or cause contact dermatitis.
Do you have asthma or allergies? Dirty sheets can cause symptoms. Even if you’re not one of the 24 million plus Americans with allergies, sleeping on dirty sheets can lead to your nasal congestion or sneezing fit.
First rule when washing sheets? Always use hot water. Hot water removes bacteria and allergens from your leaves. The hotter the water, the better the cleaning.
Be sure to read the care instructions on the label of your leaves. That way, you’ll know the hottest heat setting your leaves can handle.
Wondering if you should wash your fitted sheets inside out? It’s all up to you. While this doesn’t necessarily result in better cleaning, it can help them keep their shape.
Experts also recommend ironing bed linen after washing to kill any remaining germs. (Wait, people still ironing things?)
Do you want to keep your bedding fresh between washes? Try these simple tips:
- Take a shower before bed.
- Keep your pets away from the duvet.
- Wash your feet before bed if they are dirty.
- If you wear socks to bed make sure they are clean.
- Be sure to remove your makeup before bed.
- Do not apply creams, lotions, or oils right before bed.
- Avoid eating and drinking in bed.
- Don’t sleep or sleep in your bed after a sweaty gym.
Your pillowcases soak up all of the dirt and oils from your face and hair, as well as dead skin cells, bacteria and more. You should therefore wash them every week as well.
It’s also best to replace the pillows yourself every 1 to 2 years, as they can collect a lot of nasty and invisible dirt (not to mention dust mites).
In a 2005 study examining fungal contamination of the bedding, researchers tested pillows aged 1.5 to 20 years. They found pillows to be a major source of fungus, especially feather and synthetic-filled pillows.
Use a pillow protector to keep bacteria and allergens at bay.
The same wash time generally applies to your other beds. You should therefore wash your comforters, blankets and duvet covers every 1 to 2 weeks.
For best results, follow the care instructions on the item labels.
Proud duvet owner? Regular washing or dry cleaning of your duvet itself can have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years!
A bug (aka a virus)? You should change your bedding as soon as you feel better. Throw these sheets, pillowcases, and other used linens on a hot wash cycle.
Leave your mattress uncovered to allow moisture to dry out before putting fresh sheets back on it.
If you have the chills and sweat increases, wash or change your sheets more often.
You should really wash your bedding every week. That way, your sheets will be clean even if what is happening between the sheets is a little dirty.
Always use the hottest temperature possible when washing to kill bacteria, allergens, and other harmful substances that build up on your sheets. The care label on your bed linen is your contact point for the correct temperature for your bed linen. Don’t forget your pillowcases too!
If you get sick, wash your sheets as soon as you feel better (or more often depending on your illness).
Weekly wash not working for your schedule? Another set of sheets can help. Change your sheets weekly to reduce washing time. Investing in protective covers for your pillows or a cover for your duvet can also help your bedding last longer and stay fresher.