Some people think there is nothing more luxurious in the world then slipping into clean crisp bed sheets. It makes us feel great and it is easy to achieve. So why do so many people put off their bed sheet washing and how often should we really be doing it?
Washing your bed sheets regularly is a health issue, it’s not just about having good quality bed linen and a fresh smelling fabric softener.
We all spend a lot of time in bed. In fact, did you know the average person spends around 25 years of their life in bed – and that is just sleeping. So naturally your bed sheets are going to need to be washed regularly. An adult can lose up to a liter of sweat in one night alone and that’s not the only thing that’s getting absorbed by your bed sheets - skin, food, cosmetics, creams and general dirt and dust are also ending up on them.
These things all create a build up of bacteria which will naturally fester for longer as your bed sheets get dirtier. Exposing your skin to this can cause irritations, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Ironically any preventative creams you apply to combat this will add to the situation. Dirty pillowcases in particular can cause spots and pimples on the face and neck.
Spots and itchy skin can be irritating but the build up of sweat helps mould and fungi to grow within the fibres of your bed sheets, and this can also lead to a range of infections. So clean, good quality bed sheets are a must for a healthy night’s sleep.
The general advice is to change your bed sheets at least once a week. Ensure that they are washed in the highest temperature your bed linen will tolerate. In between washes, turn down your duvet in the morning to give your bed a good airing. Vacuum around the bed and over the mattress to reduce dust levels and don’t forget to wash your pillows and duvets every month or so too.