When you think about it, you spend at least eight hours lying on your bed every day. Over time this leads to a buildup of dirt, sweat, dead skin cells, and other grime that collects on your linens. This residue isn’t just gross to think about, but it can also provide the perfect home for dust mites and even trigger health issues like allergies, skin irritation, and acne.
Surprisingly, the average person changes their linens every 24 days. But, when you learn how often you should be washing your sheets, it doesn’t even come close to the standard for proper bed hygiene and freshness. Read on to know exactly how often to wash your linens and when to change other bedding to preserve their freshness.
How Often to Wash Your Sheets
Alright, ideally, you want to wash your sheets once a week. While this can be daunting at first, it’s one-hundred percent doable. Incorporate changing your sheets to your weekly cleaning schedule, or try to have additional sheets on hand to swap your sheets every week.
However, how often you wash your linens depends on many things. For example, if you travel a lot and don’t sleep on your bed every night, you can probably wash your sheets every two weeks. On the flip side, if you tend to sweat a lot overnight or sleep with your pet, your sheets get dirtier faster. In this case, you should change your bedsheets every three to four days.
How Often to Wash Other Bedding
Of course, your linens include much more than your bedsheets. You have to worry about blankets, comforters, mattress and mattress protectors, and so forth. Since these have different uses and exposure to dirt and grime, they also change how often you wash them.
Pillowcases, for example, need to be washed once a week or even more often. If you
For example, blankets, comforters, and pillows should be washed about once per season. However, between washes, tossing them in the dryer for 15 minutes every month can help get rid of any dust mites accumulated. Pillows should be washed or changed once or twice per year, depending on the grime they accumulate.
Lastly, if you use a mattress protector, you should try to wash this every two months. Mattress protectors are there for a reason. So, if anyone has an accident or a spill, you should immediately wash it to prevent any stains.
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with Italian linen retailer, Linoto.