Most of us take time in washing our clothes, nothing more, nothing less. But, do we religiously wash our bedsheet? Just like our clothes, we spend a good amount of time wrapped up in our sheets – almost half of our day.
Even though they stay within our bedroom, your bedsheet could be the catch basin of germs. Opposing your clothes collecting bacteria from outside, your bedsheets are not exposed to the outside world. However, dirt and grime can still collect on them. The big question is, how often should you wash your bedsheets to be cleaned and hygienic to sleep in?
Why is it important?
From skin flakes, body oil to sweat and saliva – these body fluids lying on your bed is what the germs your bedsheet has been collecting as they are the breeding grounds for allergens. A gentle reminder to wash your sheets regularly to prevent a build-up of all these allergens we aim for a hygienic space for sleeping.
For us adults, we shed 1.5 grams of skin in a day, enough for our bedsheets to collect dead skin cells from the hours we spend on our beds. Your skin cells are the perfect meal for dust mites— those tiny, microscopic insects feeds on skin flakes and multiply in millions on your bedsheets. Dust mites and their waste are the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma, including runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and itchy skin, nose, mouth, or eyes.
What Is the Magic Number to Keep Clean?
Approved by experts in the area of dermatology and microbiology, they suggest washing your bedsheets once every week. If you’re sleeping alone and often use your bed, you may extend it to once every two weeks. But the ideal recommendation is washing your sheets once every seven days.
It is very ideal to wash your bedsheets as frequently as possible. The maximum number of days for people can go without changing their sheets before it’s considered gross is 35 days. By then your bedsheets will have accumulated over 30 grams of dead skin cells, 2 gallons of body fluids. Some of these include sweat, saliva, and over a million dust mites, including their waste.
What Happens If You Don’t Wash?
That’s a big mistake if you don’t wash your bedsheet as you’ll continue to sleep with dirty sheets which will trigger you to get allergens. If you sweat at night, the moisture increases the humidity level in your sleep environment. As a result, this provides a perfect environment for not just dust mites, but for bacteria and fungi to thrive. These could worsen your allergic reactions or worst, skin rashes.
How to Wash?
Washing your bedsheets in hot water guarantees the removal of pathogens. Once done, dry it on the highest possible setting or dry it outside as the sun rays have antimicrobial properties that will kill any remaining pathogens.
When tossing your sheets into the washing machine, make sure to read first the instructions on the care label. Some sheets are not being able to wash fancy, colorful bedsheets in hot water. Instead, try to wash them at least in warm water. Others may dry the bedsheets in the sun. Afterwards, they follow up by ironing as the heat sanitizes the material and gives it a smoother look.
Just like your clothes, your bed linens can cause health risk if you don’t clean them every now and then. It may seem such a hassle, but sleeping on clean and hygienic sheets makes you sleep deeper and comfortable. But when looking for the finest bedsheets, mattress, pillows, head on to Comfort Living for our finest high-quality sleep essentials. From the finest twin bed mattress to premium memory foam mattress, from orthopedic memory foam to premium memory foam topper, we have what you need for a good night’s sleep.