How often should you wash your bedsheets? The answer may surprise you

Did you know that most people do not wash their sheets as frequently as advised? A survey shows that almost half of us wash the sheets once a month or less. But is that enough?

Bedsheets are a fundamental element in our daily life: we spend many hours every day between them, resting. As with clothes, they must also be washed, but how often?

Most people don't wash their sheets as frequently as needed

First of all, we have to take into account that we spend on average way more hours on your sheets than our clothes. And that means that sheets are full of not-so-pleasant stuff:  dead skin cells, which are essentially food for mites and other tiny organisms.

Fungal spores and dust can also be found in our sheets, elements that can increase allergic symptoms. There are also traces of cosmetics, which can irritate the skin. 

How often do we have to wash our sheets?

To prevent skin reactions you should wash your sheets, and other bedding, at least once every two weeks. If you have any type of allergies, bedding should be washed every week, at 130F or 60C. 

If you're down with the flu or anything contagious, sheets should be washed as soon as you feel better to prevent getting the illness again. It helps to also use the highest heat setting on your dryer to make sure you kill all the germs.

If you have no dryer, direct sunlight is a good option, because the ultraviolet light from the sun can also act as a disinfectant. 

Sweet dreams!

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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