The way we handle bedsheets and their cleanliness is quite odd when you think about it. If we were to compare it to the methods and practices we use for our normal, everyday clothes, then it’s very different. We wash our clothes after wearing them for only a day. We wash and change our bedsheets once a week.
That’s a considerable jump in time, one we don’t even think about. Imagine if you wore the same pieces of clothing for 7 days in a row. You just wouldn’t do it, would you? So why is it any different for our bedsheets? We spend roughly the same amount of time in them through sleeping, regardless of whether there’s very little activity while we’re there.
You should wash your sheets more often if:
Not washing your sheets regularly exposes you to the fungi, bacteria, pollen, and animal dander that are commonly found on sheets and other bedding. Other things found on sheets include bodily secretions, sweat, and skin cells.
This won’t necessarily make you sick. But in theory, it can. It could also trigger eczema in people with the condition or cause contact dermatitis.
Best way to wash sheets
It’s recommended that you wash your sheets and other bedding in hot water.
Read the care instructions on the label and wash your sheets in the hottest setting recommended. The hotter the water, the more bacteria and allergens you remove.
Ironing your sheets after washing is also recommended.
You can keep your sheets clean between washing and help preserve them by:
A little diligence when it comes to caring for your bedding can go a long way when it comes to helping you sleep — and breathe — easier. While it may seem like a hassle at times, changing your sheets weekly is well worth the effort.
If you’re accustomed to washing your sheets every other week, you may consider getting another set so you can swap them out without doing more frequent washings.
When you do wash your bed sheets, use the hottest temperature you can.
Use protective covers on pillows and follow the care instructions provided by the sheet manufacturer or on bedding tags.