When should you wash your sheets, blankets, pillows, and other bedding?

Last Updated on December 18, 2021

Most people spend between 40 to 60+ hours sleeping in their beds, which is a long period for our sheets and bedding to build up dirt, sweat, oil, dead skin cells and other gunk. Just like any other area of our lives, proper bedding hygiene is essential, especially to the quality of our sleep.

If you’re not cleaning your sheets often, that can contribute to allergies, skin breakouts, asthma, and more problems your body will have to go through. If you’re wondering how often should you wash your sheets and bedding, you are at the right place!

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How often should you wash your sheets?

The general rule of thumb is to wash your sheets once per week, but if you don’t sleep in your bed every night, you might be able to stretch it to once every two weeks or so. Some people wash their bed sheets even more often than once a week because they may have pets who like to join them in bed. If you have pets that share the bed with you, we recommend washing your linen every 3-4 days.

Another reason to often change your bed linen is if you experience any allergies or asthma since fresh sheets might improve your symptoms. Also, when the warm summer days are upon us, we tend to sweat a lot more while we sleep, which is why we should wash them more often. However, if you have any seasonal allergies, washing sheets often may help relieve your symptoms.

How to wash your bedsheets?

How to wash your bedsheets

As we’ve mentioned above, you should wash your sheets weekly, but do you know how they should be cleaned? Well, let’s find out:

  • First, you should read the care label and check if there are any specific care instructions for the linen
  • After you’ve checked the product’s label, you should wash your bedsheets using the hottest water that the label lists to get rid of any bacteria (keep in mind that different materials handle hot water differently)
  • Start the washing machine and use a gentle detergent
  • If you have sensitive skin or severe allergies, rinsing the sheets a second time might be a great idea in order to remove any residual detergent
  • Finally, get your linen out of the washer and put in the drier on low or hang it to try

Cleaning your bedding usually takes a few hours, which is why most people have a couple of sets of sheets.

Why should you wash your bed sheets?

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For some people washing sheets once a week may seem excessive, but the truth is that’s it is crucial for your overall health and the quality of your sleep. The reason behind it is that your bedding can accumulate significant amounts of dirt, dead skin cells, body oils, sweat and dust mites.

Dust mites should be a concern for you since they are microscopic creatures that are very common in most households. The issue with them is that they can lead to skin rashes and irritation, and in some cases, worsen allergy symptoms.

Usually, dust mites can live solely off of dead skin cells, and they can reproduce at prolific rates, which means there could be tens of thousands of dust mites living in your mattress and bedding. Even if you don’t suffer from any allergies, you probably don’t want to share your bed with them, which is why you should regularly clean your sheets and keep them fresh. And after a couple of years, you should replace them to keep a healthy and clean sleeping environment.

Bottom line

Most people live a busy and fast passed life, which is why spending a few hours cleaning your bedding every week might seem too time-consuming. But just like, we wash the clothes we wear (most of us do, anyway), we have to keep our sheets and bed linen fresh and clean.

Having good sleep hygiene will improve your sleep quality and better your allergies (if you have any). No matter what sort of bedding you have, your top priority is to keep it clean and dust-mite free! If you think we missed something on the subject or if you have any questions and concerns, please drop us a line in the comments below, and we’d try to respond as soon as possible!

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