Mattress Advisor found that the average number of days before people change their sheets is 24.4 days. Is it good enough?
The truth is, bed sheets can rack up a serious collection of sweat, body oils, saliva (if you drool), dirt from outside, sexual fluids, and even urine and faecal matter! Infrequent cleaning of sheets and pillowcases allows the fluids to sleep into the pillows and mattresses, and those are much more difficult to clean than tossing sheets in the washer.
On the top of all of this, the dead skin cells that you shed every night can attract dust mites that feed off the cells and can affect breathing for people with asthma.
This is the reason that most laundry experts recommend washing sheets ONCE A WEEK. If you’re pressed for time, or you don’t sleep in your bed every night, you might be able to get away with washing your linens once every two weeks. However, you should consider washing your sheets more frequently if you have sensitive skins or sweat a lot in bed or a pet sleeps in bed with you.
The Best way to wash your sheets
- Hand wash or gentle machine wash separately in lukewarm or cold water.
- Use mild soap and laundry liquid.
- Air drying. Simply hang or lay the linen flat.
- Do not tumble dry.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight over long periods of time.
- Do not dry clean.