There are few things more comforting than climbing into bed with freshly laundered sheets. The problem, of course, is the job of washing those sheets, which involves multiple trips to the washing machine, damp spots on queen-size sets, and the job of building the bed.
But don’t make a mistake. You should Wash your bedding regularly – and not just because it makes your bedroom smell nice. It’s a hygiene problem.
According to the CNET, leaves collect debris from the bodies they occupy. Skin oil, dead skin cells, saliva and sweat build up. The dead skin cells are especially problematic as they help feed dust mites, tiny little insects that live in your bed and can leave tiny feces.
Worse, people who sleep in the buff may leave small amounts of feces behind. At some point, your sheets can be like sleeping in a six-month-old pile of dirty underwear.
Since all of this ick is largely invisible to the eye, it is difficult to say when sheets can officially be declared “dirty”
Washing pillows is also advisable, although you can wait to put them in a washing machine about every six months.
If you can’t hit the washing machine once a week, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of soiling on your sheets. Showering before bed will help reduce germs that bring you under the covers. You can also make your bed every day, which will shake loose dead skin cells. And if you have more than one sheet, you can buy a new one every week, which will reduce the number of trips to the washing machine.