Does it sound like a personal thing to you? But what is science telling about how often should you be changing your sheet?
Beautiful curtains, brand new furniture, and a classy chandelier is lighting your room. These will all be completed with newly washed sheets for a comfy, perfect, relaxing night after a long, tedious week that you had.
Are you one of those who have the habit of waiting for the laundry basket to be full before doing the laundry? Only wipe down the kitchen counter after washing the dishes that we’ll need to use again tomorrow. Duster over surfaces dust starts to show up. Yes, not everyone has the luxury of time to do all those chores or have housemaids to do all the cleaning and organizing.
But there’s nothing more comforting than falling into a bed that can soothe that aching back and tired mind without you having that second thought about your bedsheets. So how often should you be changing sheets? Let’s take a closer look.
So, how often should you change your bedsheets?
Before you answer that question, try to imagine what really is the reason behind washing your sheets as often as you could.
If you don’t know yet, your sheets are not just a piece of cloth after a few days of using it. It has dirt, sweat, body oils, and skin cells and a colony of dust mites taking up residence on your bed. Your eyes cannot see those eight-legged creatures, but if you happen to see some creepy crawlers in your bed, those are most likely bedbugs – that’s another issue.
Dust mites don’t bite, but that doesn’t guarantee that you are safe with them. They are allergens, which cause symptoms like hay fever, eczema, asthma, coughing, and more.
Dust mites are not the only villains here; there are also plenty of germs posing a threat to you or any loved one, especially if you have contagious flu or cold.
What are the best ways to wash beddings?
Since unseen microbes live on your bedding, the best way to wash them is by using the hottest water your bedding material can stand. The hot water is proven effective in killing any pathogens and critters. However, some beddings are not suitable for hot washing as their materials will be damaged. So before you do the laundry of your linens, make sure to check the label for any precautions and carefully follow the instructions.
The linens that can’t be washed in scalding water or placed on high heat in a dryer can be sundried. Make sure it is under the sun’s best spot. Sunlight is a natural antimicrobial agent, and also can kill mites.
Another alternative if you have the luxury of time is to iron your bedsheets. This will help sanitize without overly prolonging the bedsheets’ exposure to heat.
How often should bedsheets be changed?
Washing or changing of sheets are sometimes affected by a few factors such as not having much time to do the laundry, weather, or no extra sheets.
You cannot be too busy with your hygiene and safety. Changing of sheets should be done at least once a week. Also, it would help if you have extra pieces of sheets. You don’t have a second thought whenever washing one piece of sheet that will not easily get dry because its raining or there’s not enough sunlight. When it’s time to change the bed, you’ll have a clean set of linens available. You can alternately use them.
If you had a contagious disease, it is better to change sheets more than once a week, especially when you have someone who shares it with you. And changed your sheets as soon as you get better, so there will be no recurrence of infection.
Blankets, Comforters, and Pillows
If you are someone who cannot sleep without a blanket, it is also advisable to clean them at least once in a month since it also has direct contact with your body every time you sleep.
Comforters should be washed about once per season. Yet, a lot of people overlook cleaning them. Toss them in the dryer for between 10 to 15 minutes to eradicate any critters. Pillows should also be laundered at least once or twice a year to help re-fluff them and prolong their lives.