There is truly no better feeling than fresh bed sheets. Despite this, you may be surprised how often the cleanliness of our bed still gets forgotten about… even though we sleep in it every night.
You wouldn’t wear the same shirt for two weeks, so why are we happy to leave our bedding for long periods?
There are many benefits to washing bedding both regularly and correctly, including infection control, preventing acne flares and general cleanliness including warding off bed bugs. In this post we will answer the question of how often should you wash your bedding and why.
Why Wash Sheets?
Our beds are actually pretty gross. Sorry to shatter the illusion that your bed is this glorious cosy, fresh place, but your bedding is often filled with sweat, dead skin and dust mites. But, that could change, if you wash your bed sheets as often as you should.
Not only is it a bit gross to sleep in dirty germ-ridden bedsheets, but there are actually many benefits to washing everything on your bed as directed.
Dirty bedsheets can actually affect your health. If you suffer from asthma, eczema or dust-related allergies you should consider washing your bed sheets weekly to keep any flare-ups at bay.
A 2017 study showed that infections can be passed and contracted through dirty sheets! So if you’re under the weather, get your sheets in the wash as soon as possible - especially if you’re sharing a bed with someone, as this will help prevent the infection from spreading.
It has also been proven that pillowcases can harbour bacteria causing acne flare-ups, if you’re usually acne-prone. So it is essential that you wash everything on your bed as much as possible.
But, how often do you really need to wash your bedding?
How Often Should You Wash Your Duvet Cover?
Changing bed sheets can be a real hassle but, duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases and top sheets should be washed at least once every two weeks. Wash your sheets more frequently if you suffer from allergies, have an infection, you sleep with no clothes on, or you go to bed without showering.
It is recommended that you wash your bedsheets in a hot wash, at least 60 degrees. The hotter that you wash your sheets, the more germs are removed meaning that your bedding will be properly clean and free of germs. But in order to keep your super soft bedding in tip-top condition, refer to the care instructions on your sheets before washing.
How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?
Though we maybe don’t wash our sheets as often as we should, at least they do get done... eventually. It’s way easier to forget that our actual pillows need to be washed too.
The Sleep Council has said that 10% of the weight of your pillow could be “skin scale, mould, dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden droppings!” Gross! Regular washing can prevent this. You should be washing your pillows at least every three months on a hot wash to kill that bacteria, but always remember to check your product care guides.
Aim to replace your pillows every one to two years to ensure your not only being hygienic but you’re properly supported too.
How Often Should You Wash Your Duvet?
Your duvet should be washed at least twice a year, if not more. Again, checking the care instructions is essential to ensuring that your duvet has a long life.
Synthetic fibre duvets can usually be washed on a regular spin cycle at 60 degrees celsius, or higher if the care label says so. Feather and down-filled duvets usually need to be dry cleaned, so make sure that you check the labels before trying to wash them yourself.
Duvets tend to last a bit longer than pillows as you don’t sleep on top of them. As long as you keep your duvet clean and bacteria-free, it can last around five years!
But, What About Mattresses?
Now, mattresses are a bit more tricky. If you’ve got a mattress protector, great. You should be using one and washing it around every two months following the care instructions. But what about the actual mattress?
Now you can’t pop this in your washing machine, nor can you take it to the dry cleaners, so how can you make sure you’re keeping your mattress clean? Well, it’s actually quite easy.
Remove all your bedding, and after checking manufacturer guidelines, hoover your mattress surface on the lowest setting to remove dust and any other surface dirt. You can then treat the mattress with upholstery cleaner, if needed.
To remove any odours that might be clinging to your mattress sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda over the mattress. Try to leave it for 24 hours before vacuuming again, this should absorb any unwanted scents!
You should be replacing your mattress every 8 years to ensure that you’re both getting the best support possible and the most hygienic night’s sleep.
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