How Often Should You Change and Wash Your Bedding?
April 29th, 2019
When it comes to changing and washing bedding, everyone seems to have a different way of doing things. Some people swear that washing their sheets once a week is the key to a good night’s sleep, while others prefer to change theirs on a less regular basis. However, if you were to take a peek under the microscope at your bed linens, you may wish to rethink how often you change them.
Why is it important to change your sheets?
Changing your sheets regularly is vital to keeping your bed clean, hygienic and free from any nasty critters. Here are some of the main reasons why changing your sheets is important:
- It can collect dust mites. Microscopic dust mites live all over our homes and feed on dead skin cells, among other things. When we sleep we shed these skin cells, making our bedding a breeding ground for dust mites, which can accumulate quickly if not washed away. Dust mites can cause a variety of cold-like symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose, as well as having more serious effects on asthma-sufferers.
- It can cause bacteria to grow. We all have millions of live bacteria that live on our bodies. When we sleep, bodily fluids such as sweat secretes onto our bedding, which can cause it to become a breeding ground for bacteria. If bedding is left too long without being washed, this bacteria can eventually lead to infection.
- It can spread illness. If you share your bed with someone who is unwell, it’s important to wash and change your sheets regularly to avoid spreading the infection.
How often should you change your bedding?
Nothing beats that fresh bedding feeling, and while we would like to experience it every night, it’s just not feasible for most of us to wash our sheets on a daily basis. So how often should we be changing our bedding? The answer depends on the individual’s sweat and sleep habits, but the general consensus is that changing our bedding every one to two weeks is sufficient to maintain a hygienic sleep environment.
What is the best way to wash bed sheets?
To get that fresh, clean-linen feeling every time, there are a few simple rules to follow when washing your bed sheets:
- Thoroughly read all labels. This will educate you about any fabrics that require special attention, or cannot be washed in the washing machine.
- Wash at the hottest temperature you’re able to. The hotter the temperature, the more bacteria it will kill. Keep in mind that polyester can stand warm temperatures, while cotton sheets will be able to stand more heat. If in doubt, read the label.
- Separate by colour. Just like clothing, bedding should be split into whites, darks and colours to avoid any bleeds.
- If possible, allow to dry naturally in direct sunlight. Sunlight will help disinfect your sheets and brighten any whites.
How should I wash my duvet?
To keep your bed feeling fresh and clean, it’s important to wash your duvet every two to three months. Just like when washing your bedding, you should always read the label when washing your duvet, and if you struggle to fit it in the washing machine simply check it has enough room to move around and fold it in half to squeeze it in. To give your duvet a good clean, put it on a normal spin cycle and let it dry naturally in direct sunlight.
Top tip: for extra protection against bacteria during the winter months, run a warm iron over your duvet and bedding after washing.