How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Sheets?

– Why is it important to
clean your bedding frequently? We sleep in our beds roughly
a third of our lives. Just like it’s important
to keep your clothes clean, cleaning your sheets, your pillows, even your mattress, will
help them feel fresher and more pleasant to use and it will make them more hygienic. (easy upbeat music) There’s no hard and fast
rule about how frequently you need to wash your sheets, but it’s a pretty good idea
to do it at least once a week. You can usually just wash
them in cool or warm water but if you’re trying to
disinfect your sheets, maybe you have a kid or a pet that’s had an accident on the bed or if you have dust mite allergies, you should wash your sheets in hot water, at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to give your
sheets a whitening boost, we recommend using an oxygen
bleach or a color safe bleach. If you use a duvet
problem on your comforter, you can wash it just as
you would your sheets. If you use a top sheet, you can probably wash
your duvet every month. If you don’t use a top sheet, you should wash it more frequently, just as often as you would your sheets. If your duvet cover is made
out of linen or cotton, you can wash it in warm or cold water, just as you would your regular sheets. But if the duvet cover is
made of a different fabric you should definitely follow
the care instructions. When you wash your comforter, just as when you wash your pillows, you should make sure and dry it thoroughly because if you don’t,
mildew and mold could grow in the comforter and it will smell gross. It’s always a good idea to maybe throw in a tennis ball when you’re drying a comforter and that will help fluff up the comforter. Even if you haven’t washed the comforter, if you’re just trying to fluff it up, you can do that every couple of months, it will just bring more
often to the comforter, make it feel nicer and look nicer. You should wash your pillow
about once or twice a year. The exception to that is if
you have a dust mite allergy. If you have a dust mite allergy, you’ll want to wash your
pillow more frequently to kill those little dust mites. You want to do that in hot water. If you do have a dust mite allergy, or if you’re just concerned about keeping your pillows clean, we highly recommend using
a pillow encasement. A pillow encasement looks
kind of like a pillow case but it has a zipper and it’s made out of a really kind of like plasticky fabric that dust mites can’t get through. Your dust mite encasement, you should wash it maybe like two times a year or more frequently. Just follow the instructions
of your allergist. The mattress encasement is
made out of the same fabric. It goes right under your fitted sheet. This is a good idea if
you’re worried about bed bugs or you’ve had a bed bug infestation or if you have a dust mite allergy. It’s also just a really good way to protect your expensive mattress. If you don’t have a dust mite allergy you can get away with just
vacuuming it once or twice a year and maybe washing it every other year. If you do have a dust mite
allergy you should wash it a couple times a year. Under here you’ll see there’s
the mattress, obviously, and you can usually just get away with vacuuming that a couple times a year. If you’re using an encasement it should keep your mattress pretty clean. That’s another good reason
to use an encasement. Follow these general guidelines and you will probably get
a better night’s sleep.

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4 thoughts on “How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Sheets?

  1. One other thing: If you sleep naked on dirty sheets and are constantly moving your pillow from between your legs to under your head, you’re theoretically running the risk that your mouth or eyes could come into contact with bits of stool. If you’re healthy, this thought is more disturbing than anything else. But if you happen to have a compromised immune system, like if you’ve come down with the flu, that could technically leave you more vulnerable to illnesses that spread through bacteria in feces, like pink eye.

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