Do you shower every day before getting into bed and think you can get away with not washing your sheets because of it? Oh, buddy. So how often should you wash your sheets? At least once every 1-2 weeks.
Apparently, we spend about a third of our lives in bed, so it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that is a great range of the nastiest microorganisms that accumulate in our bedding. Off the top of our heads: bacteria, food debris (if you’re one of the animals that eat on the bed sometimes… which we happen to be), spores of fungi, pollen, soil, lint, creams…
And that’s not including the stuff that comes off naturally from our bodies: sweat, dead skin cells, the fluids that come from down under (do we need to elaborate?), more bacteria, and so on.
Even the cleanest of us can’t hide from the pollutants and allergens that inevitably breed where we sleep. Each year, we can produce up to 26 gallons of sweat in bed. And well, let’s face it. Sometimes we can let up on how often we clean our living spaces (adulthood, amirite?). However, in a 2015 study on the amount of fungal contamination in feather synthetic pillows, it was found that the pillows (ranging from 1.5 to 20 years old) had between 4 and 17 different species of fungus. Yikes.
Of course, we’re not saying to go into paranoia mode and sterilize your bedroom. Realistically, we’re exposed to a bunch of pollutants and allergens everyday, and the natural defences of our body can deal pretty well with them. However, without proper care, stuff like that can build up pretty quickly and significantly in our beds – and that’s where the danger to our health lies.
Whether for those who have allergy sensitivities, are prone to breathing/throat issues, or are in optimal health, it’s not ideal to be sleeping in dust mite debris or dust mite faeces. Also, yeah, it’s just plain gross.
Bottom line? We should wash our sheets and bedding material every 1-2 weeks.
How to Wash Your Sheets
Our tips? Basically, check the manufacturer’s label on everything you’re planning to wash and sprinkle in some common sense before you do anything. You don’t want ruined comforters or sheets that turn out another color when you take them out of the wash (that might or might not have happened to us before…….)
- If your sheets have a stain, treat it first before putting them into the wash. For a straightforward stain, you can just blot it with the appropriate stain remover or a mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water.
- It might be a pain, but it’s best to wash your mattress pad, your sheets, and your bedspread/comforter separately as they might need different settings.
- Pillows should be washed at least twice a year – it’s safe to machine-wash them as well. However, again check the labels. If in doubt, wash them in cold water and dry them on the lowest setting.
- For wool blankets, also wash in cold water and dry at the lowest setting.
- Wash and dry your mattress pad first, then the sheets, and finally your bedspread/comforter/duvet. Check the manufacturer’s labels first and use the hottest water and dryer heat setting allowed since heat will kill dust mites in your bedding.
- Another reminder: if you’ve been sick, wash your sheets every day or at least when you recover. You don’t want to sleep in the debris of your sickness!
So – how often should you wash your sheets? We hope we’ve convinced you. Our human bodily fluids are pretty nasty.