Sleep in bed without worrying about bacteria, fungus, and even harmful microbes by following a cleaning cycle for your bed sheets.
So, how often should you clean your sheets?
One-third of your lifetime spent sleeping is a natural part of life. Regarding your bed, this means you spend 56 hours a week sweating in bed, losing dead skin cells, and even leaving behind body oil. This is a natural part of life – but it does not mean you need to sleep in your funk.
- The average person produces about 26 gallons of sweat in bed during one year.
- The moisture in your bed, created by sweat, becomes an ideal place for fungal and bacterial reproduction. These bacteria can get into your body and cause disease.
- The average bed has microbes from pollen, lint, dust mite faeces, skin secretions, dead dust mites, pet or animal dander, and more. Sleeping with bacteria causes flu-like symptoms.
- Do you eat in your bed? Food crumbs attract bugs to your bed. Even small particles of food are a treat for pests.
- Gravity draws dust and fibres from your ceiling and the surrounding area onto the surface of your sheets and comforter.
- Sleeping in a bed full of dust mites causes reactions, even in non-allergy sufferers, like eye irritation, coughing, and wheezing.
Once weekly washing is recommended for sleepers with pets, allergies, and other habits. As a general rule, don’t exceed the two-week mark.
You should wash your sheets once a week if you fit into any of these categories:
- Pet owners that let their four-legged family members sleep on the bed
- People who work outside
- People who shower in the mornings, not in the evenings
- Severe allergy sufferers or family members of severe allergy sufferers
- Men or women who sweat heavily in their sleep or get night sweats
- More than one person shares the same bed
- Someone in your family has been ill or unwell recently
- You are prone to experiencing respiratory problems or are an asthma sufferer