We're adamant that climbing into clean bed sheets is the best feeling you can find.
But it turns out that lots of us aren't changing our bed sheets often enough... you’re missing out on that fresh sheet feeling, and could even be affecting your health (yes, really!).
How often should you be cleaning your bed sheets?
Every week we spend an average of two days in bed. In those two days our body will shed millions of skin cells, and unfortunately they don't just float off out the bedroom window. As well as shedding skin it's guaranteed that we're going to sweat during the night (even more so when summer arrives). It doesn't matter whether you're squeaky clean and shower before bed, it just can't be helped. The mix of skin cells, sweat and oil from our body attract dust mites, which in themselves are harmless but their dropping (gross, we know) are not. These dropping are the culprits in making your sheets dirty and can trigger asthma attacks, irritate eczema and even leave you waking up with a stinking cold.
As a general rule for keeping germs at bay, washing your sheets every other week should be plenty. A fifth of the UK are currently only changing their sheets every month (and 1% only once in a year - YUK) so as long as that's not you, you're doing something right.
However, there are a few reasons why it might be worth making a weekly date with your linen cupboard…
- Sweaty sleeper? The more you sweat, the dirtier your sheets get. Simple.
- Share your bed? Whether it's with your partner or your pet, the more bodies in the bed the more germs in the bed.
- Sleep in your birthday suit? If you're one of the 54% that told us you're wearing nothing to bed then this increased contact between your skin and sheets could be the culprit to making them mucky.
We know stripping and then making a bed isn't most people idea of a good time.
Our top tip for finding the motivation to strip the sheets...
Get into a habit of taking all the sheets off the bed in the morning that you intend on changing them. That way, when bedtime comes, you’ll have no other choice but to treat yourself to a fresh bed (or you could sleep without anything... but we wouldn't recommend that!).
It's also worth checking that your sheets are 100% cotton rather than polyotton. Cotton is a natural materials so makes sure your body can breathe and reduces the sweat that sits in bed. If you want to know more about cotton then we wrote everything we know over here.
So... lets be honest, are you changing your sheets enough? Or do you have any top tips for keeping your bed clean? Let us know, we love a chit chat (but not at bedtime, obviously).