How often should you wash your bed sheets? Print E-mail

The majority of people are aware of the importance of personal hygiene, although many people may not be aware of how important it is to wash your sheets regularly.


Think of it this way, would you wear the same clothes for several weeks unwashed? We may spend more time in our sheets than we do in our clothes, yet we wouldn’t wear the same clothes everyday as that would be considered not hygienic.



Imagine what happens every night to your sheets as you rest on your most sanction of places. While you sleep your body sheds dead skin cells, you secrete oils from your skin, your body sweats and to top it off you may often leave small amounts of fluids from our groin region. On top of all of that, if you’re in a healthy relationship, it’s likely you have sex in your sheets every week which leaves behind even more stuff.


How does this affect our health?


Dust mites

These microscopic creatures thrive off of your dead skin. They live, eat, reproduce and die right in your bed and pillows; leaving behind their own rotting bodies. The average bed has anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites living there.  Your health is greatly affected by these creatures if not properly kept under control. You may develop severe allergies and have a lowered immune system.



Many people suffer from allergies and may not be aware that you can prevent them by properly cleaning your living space, especially your bedding. If you wake up with allergy symptoms this may be due to your sleeping environment.



Many kinds of bacteria and germs live on your dirty sheets. This can cause you numerous health problems if your sheets remain unwashed. 


How often should you wash your sheets?


At least once every two weeks will keep your resting place hygienic. Every week would be ideal and any less than once a month would affect your health.


To keep your bed in the best condition you should wash your sheets every two weeks in hot soapy water and dry them completely through in the dryer.  Washing your pillow every month is also important to disinfect and wash away the dust mites. You can purchase dust mite proof covers for your mattress and pillows which will help in controlling the dust mites.  Wash your bedding more often if there is reason to do so.





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-15 #5 SK 2011-11-17 17:52 I can't wash my sheets every 2 weeks, maybe once a month I could do, but I often forget & have had them on for 2 months right now. I'll probably be doing them tomorrow now 'cause of this. But honestly, if you have time to wash your bedding every 2 weeks, you have no life. Quote
-2 #4 george c 2011-10-31 07:00 I've been itching and coughing for 5 days and I just realised its because my sheets have remained unwashed for 5 weeks. Quote
-8 #3 anonymous 2011-08-22 10:59 my flatmate hasn't washed his sheets since he moved in. that was 6 months ago. his room wafts this disgusting smell Quote
-1 #2 Lina Lu 2010-12-10 07:27 Quoting Michael T:
If I washed my sheets this often I wouldn't be a guy.
Ya you wouldn't maybe something else I can think of
-6 #1 Michael T 2010-12-10 07:24 If I washed my sheets this often I wouldn't be a guy. Quote

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