How Often Should I Change My Bed Sheets?

Your bed is a place for relaxation, rest, and sleeping. Since you spend about one-third of your entire lifetime sleeping, don’t overlook the way you keep your bed clean and inviting.

No matter how much you spend on bed sheets, there are plenty of reasons to stick to a cycle of cleaning your sheets

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. 

Your sheets are the home of a flourishing microscopic world. Here are some reasons you want to clean your bed sheets

  • 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. 


There is no one straight answer for the frequency of cleaning your sheets. If you get into bed after showering and do not have any pets, washing once every two weeks is acceptable. 

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 

When in doubt about washing your sheets, just go ahead and do so. It is better to sleep in a clean bed than worrying about your health. 


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