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How Often Do I Really Need To Wash My Bedding?

April 18, 2017


How often should I really be washing my bed sheets?

How often is considered often enough to strip that bed and do some laundry?

Cold winter mornings are best spent in bed. From freshly baked bagels and croissants to full English breakfasts, we have all been spoiled with breakfast in bed at some point in our lives, but it is not merely food stains that can make us wonder: “How often should I really be washing my sheets?”

According to a 2015 Women’s Health poll, most people tend to wash their sheets fairly often – though not necessarily often enough. Truth is, most people don’t realize how dirty a bed can truly get.

Dust mites aren’t the only hidden surprises concealing itself beneath our sheets, and woefully we have only ourselves to blame for their presence. Every single night, while you are fast asleep in your luxuriously comfortable Bed King Bed, exploring in the valleys of dreamland – your body sheds more than a million skin cells. This, accompanied by sweat and oils, adds to your beds appeal for mites. That is - if you don’t wash your sheets frequently enough…

Not washing your sheets can also result in allergies and even asthma problems (not to mention the lingering odor that gradually grows stronger).

Your personal schedule also plays a major role in deciding how often your bedding needs to be washed. Ask yourself these 8 quick questions:

  1. How many people are in your bed at night?
  2. A single adult, or a couple with a child?
  3. Do your pets sleep in bed with you?
  4. If so, do they sleep under or on top of the covers?
  5. Do you sleep in PJ’s or naked?
  6. Are you engaging in sexual activity in bed?
  7. Do you sweat a lot?
  8. Do you eat/drink in bed?

Dr. Laundry, also known as Mary Gagliardi, a researcher for Clorox, compares your bedding to clothes you wear for 8 hours straight. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. If you think about it in these terms, we believe you would agree if we say one should wash their sheets at least once a week.

In general, it is a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly or at least bi-weekly. If anyone that sleeps in your bed is sick, make sure to wash your sheets every day that they are in bed ill.

Tip: use a low heat setting on your washing machine to ensure your sheets do not shrink!

Keep your pillows fluffy and fresh by airing them every day. By simply plumping them up in the evenings before bed or when you get up in the mornings, you can air out any unwanted dust and dirt. It will also help the pillows to retain their shape for longer.

According to Martha Stewart, you should protect your pillows by encasing them in pillow protectors. The covers keep allergens at bay and shields pillows from body & hair oils, which can soak into the filling if not protected.

Even with protectors, your pillows should be washed at least twice a year. Check the care label to be sure – but most synthetic pillows are machine washable.

You spend nearly a third of your lifetime in bed. So why not make it the cleanest, most comfortable spot in your home?


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