Answered: How Often Should You Change Your Sheets

There is no better feeling than lying down in your warm, cosy bed after a long, hectic day at work. A clean, freshly-made bed is the perfect way to enjoy a long, good night’s sleep. However, we live busy, chaotic lives and don’t find time to wash our bedsheets regularly.

Bedroom with bed and white bedsheets

Thinking about how often you should change your sheets? In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about that! Hopefully, by the end, you will know why you should wash your sheets and how often. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Why it’s important to wash your sheets

Maintaining proper hygiene is very important in all spheres of life, but it’s even more essential when it comes to your bedding. If you don’t take care of it regularly, the dirty sheets can contribute to skin breakouts, asthma, allergies, and a lot more.

We approximately spend around 50 to 60 hours a week in our beds. While we are getting our much-needed beauty sleep, bodily secretions, dirt, sweat, dead skin cells, allergens, bed bugs, etc., build up on our bedding.

Dirty sheets are the perfect breeding ground for micro-organisms like dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic, and even if they don’t bite, they can lead to rashes and irritation and even worsen allergy symptoms. Plus, they can cause eczema

Dust mites reproduce very quickly and feed off dead skin cells. And they’re only a fraction of the problem. Think about all the living creatures that your eyes can’t see! You don’t want to share your bed with them, now do you? 

Regularly washing your sheets will get rid of bed bugs and mites. While some of us can live with the fact that unwashed sheets mean sleeping in our own sweat and dirt, we have to think about living with mites and breathing in their faecal matter. We bet that this isn’t something any of us will be okay with. 

How often should you change or wash your sheets?

On average, we spend almost two days of a week in our beds. Your body sheds millions of skin cells during that time, and they don’t just float out of the bedroom window. And, no matter how squeaky clean you are, you are going to sweat. 

If you sleep naked in your bed, the transfer of skin cells, sweat, etc., to your sheets increases manifold. The mix of sweat, skin cells, body oils, etc., attracts dust mites and other creatures. To keep the mites and germs at bay, we recommend that you change your bedsheets at least once a week

If you have a partner or if your pet sleeps in your bed, we recommend that you wash sheets every 3 to 4 days. Also, you should clean the sheets more often in summers as it is likely you will get more sweat during high-temperature days. 

Woman hand drawn white sheet in bed

How to motivate yourself to change the sheets

Now that you know how important it is to change your sheets, here comes the million-dollar question: how to motivate yourself to change them. It is not easy to build a habit, but all you need to do is take it one step at a time and slowly ease into it.

1. Strip Your Bed

Set a day of the week when you are going to change the sheets. On the morning of that day, take all the unwashed sheets off your bed in the morning. When bedtime comes, you will have no choice but to make the bed with fresh, clean sheets!

We recommend that you get 100% cotton sheets instead of poly-cotton ones since cotton sheets will allow your body to breathe during the night, and the sheets will be less dirty. 

2. Make It Fun

One of the best ways to get yourself to wash your sheets is through association. Associate something fun with washing your sheets, and you won’t put it off ever again. For instance, reward yourself with your favourite flavour of ice cream every time you wash them, or have a glass of wine and put on one of your favourite songs and dance to it while you are doing the laundry.

After you are done, get in a nice, warm tub and read your favourite book or watch an extra episode of a nice show on Netflix.

How to wash bedsheets

Don’t know how to wash your bedsheets? Don’t worry – we are here to save the day!

Things you will need

  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Vinegar (optional)Open door in washing machine with blue bedsheets inside

DIY steps

  1. Take the sheets off the bed. Before you wash your sheets, you have to pay heed to instructions given on them. 
  2. Place the sheets into the machine. We recommend that you reserve the load for sheets only so that you don’t overload the machine.
  3. Measure out the right amount of detergent per the load size and place it into the washer. Don’t use a lot of detergents as this will cause your sheets to wear out quickly. For a regular-sized load, a quarter-cup of detergent is sufficient.
  4. If your bed linen are made of special fabric such as silk or satin, then you should use a detergent that is specifically made for delicate fabrics.
  5. Select the wash cycle. Some machines have a wash cycle specifically designed for sheets. If your washing machine doesn’t have this setting, simply wash the bed linen on a regular cycle.
  6. If you want to, you can add a wash supplement to help in washing the sheets. We suggest that you should add a quarter cup of lemon juice as it will brighten the fabrics. Lemon juice is the best natural alternative to harsh bleaches or other chemicals.
  7. Take the wet sheets out of the washer to prevent mould. Shake them out gently and hang them from a clothesline to dry. Don’t hang the sheets in direct sunlight. You can dry the sheets in a dryer as well, but make sure that your sheets are dryer-compatible before you do this.
  8. If you have new sheets, we recommend that you pre-wash them with vinegar and baking soda before you use them. Simply add a cup of baking soda to the wash cycle and then later add one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Check the product care label on your sheets and look for any specific care instructions. Wash your sheets with hot water. Make sure that you check the optimum temperature for your fitted sheets

Use a gentle detergent to wash your sheets, covers, and pillowcases. If your skin is sensitive, we recommend that you rinse your sheets after washing them so that it gets removed if there is any residual detergent.

How to wash your other bedding

Mattress

To clean your mattress, you can vacuum it once every month. However, vacuuming can displace the filling inside, so check your mattress care guide first. Use the lowest suction setting and use the upholstery attachment while vacuuming your mattress. What’s more, you should turn it regularly as well to prevent dust accumulation.

Woman cleaning mattress with vacuum

Duvet

We recommend that you wash your duvet and pillows once every six months. Most coverlets are machine-washable, so check the care instructions and follow them. Moreover, see if your washing machine has the capacity to wash the duvet or not.

If not, then you should take it to a launderette. Dry them off as quickly as possible, especially if they have natural fibre filling.

Who doesn’t like climbing into a bed with crisp, freshly washed bedsheets? However, a lot of us don’t change our sheets often enough. By doing this, you are not only missing out on that fresh-sheets feel, but your unwashed sheets affect your health as well. We wash our clothes when the hamper is full. We wipe down the kitchen counter and wash the dishes as we have to use them again the next day. However, it is very easy to skip changing your bedsheets and simply snuggle in after a long, hectic day at work. Stick to a weekly washing schedule, and you will be good to go! 

Happy Cleaning, Folks!

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