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Expert Reveals How Often You Should Be Washing Your Bedsheets

Abbi Murray

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Expert Reveals How Often You Should Be Washing Your Bedsheets

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An expert has revealed the absolute maximum amount of time you should be leaving between bedsheet washes. 

The topic of washing your bedsheets is often a contentious issue, with answers ranging from every few days to every few weeks, and maybe even every few months... 

Considering most of us spend approximately 49 to 60+ hours sleeping in our beds, it’s probably safe to say we should be washing our bedsheets more than we think. 

The topic is a contentious one. Credit: Unsplash
The topic is a contentious one. Credit: Unsplash

If you’re not someone who feels the pressing need to regularly wash your bedding, then be aware that dirty sheets can contribute to allergies, skin breakouts, asthma and general uncleanliness. 

So, for your health and your sleep quality, how often should you be washing your bedsheets? 

A safe bet suggested by the expert is washing your sheets once a week. 

If you don’t sleep on your mattress every day, then you may be able to get away with doing a wash every two weeks. 

There are some people who should wash their sheets more than once a week, though.

Pet owners who are guilty of sleeping with their pets should be washing their sheets every 3-4 days to keep on top of cleanly habits. 

For those of us who suffer from allergies or asthma, it could also be worth washing your bedsheets more regularly to help improve symptoms. 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

We’ve all experienced the discomfort of sweaty bedding during the warm summer months. In order to avoid this uncomfortable scenario, the experts suggest washing your sheets more often in summer to stay cool and clean. 

A weekly washing routine may seem excessive, but it’s a good idea to stay on top of it if you want to avoid your bed sheets accumulating dirt, dead skin cells, body oils, sweat, and worst of all, dust mites – including their carcasses and faecal matter. 

If you wanted elaboration on that, dust mites are microscopic creatures found in most households that can lead to skin rashes and irritation. 

They may worsen allergy symptoms for some people and can live solely off of dead skin cells...yum! 

And, at any given time, there could be hundreds of thousands of them crawling around your mattress and bedding. 

So, it’s probably a good idea to wash your sheets once a week in order to avoid the possibility of sharing your bed with thousands of them. 

Topics: Health, News

Abbi Murray
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