After a long grueling day at work, there’s nothing better than diving into a fresh, crisp set of washed sheets, duvets, and pillow covers to engulf you in maximum comfort. As your nostrils begin to fill with the pleasant scent of freshly washed sheets, your stress begins to melt away.
But, how often does this happen? How often do you wash your sheets? Do you adhere to the expert-recommended sheet washing schedule?
We’re answering all this, plus we’ll also give you tips on how to wash your sheets, duvets, and pillows. Keep reading!
According to a 2012 National Sleep Foundation survey, 91% of people change their sheets every alternate week. However, the Sleep Foundation recommends a sheet change or wash every 3 to 4 days. For households with pets, you should definitely adhere to this washing schedule.
Besides being able to sleep on pristine, immaculate sheets, there’s a healthy and hygienic reason to wash your bedding as often as once a week. When you sleep at night, it’s likely that you’re having microscopic sleepovers because according to researchers, dust mites, dust mite excrement, dead skin, and bacteria make up more than a third of the weight of your pillow!
These nasty particles can multiply and build up very quickly in unwashed bedding. For people in your household with underlying breathing difficulties such as asthma or a dust mite allergy, it might cause the problem to flare up. It can also cause eczema to worsen! That’s not all the gunk that sleeping leaves behind too, don’t forget about the sweat and sebum!
Terrifying, we know! But it’s nothing you can’t take care of by washing them regularly and properly by following our tips below!
A rule of thumb is to wash your bedding at a temperature of at least 60°C and above to exterminate all the harmful dust mites and bacteria.
Your duvet and pillows should be sent to your trusted laundry services for a good clean at least twice a year. To wash them at home to keep them clean between these sessions, washing every week or two is sufficient. Although fair warning, it might be a heavy task especially if your washing machine does not have adequate capacity.
So, first, check your washing machine’s capacity. It should have enough space so your duvet and pillows can move around in the machine. Otherwise, if it’s too tight, you’re better off having them laundered because washing it might not be doing anything to get the dirt off.
If you do wash your duvet and pillows yourself, make sure to dry them as quickly as possible as the inner fibres might retain moisture and cause it to rot.
Before washing, refer to the label instructions and check the hottest temperature your fabric can handle. The hotter the wash, the more you’re getting rid of all the unwanted build up. Then, wash your sheets in the machine as recommended.
As a last step, iron your sheets to get rid of any excess bacteria and it also helps keep your sheets looking crisp!
As an additional tip, don’t make your bed immediately after you get up in the morning to air out all the moisture and warmth trapped during your sleep. Open some windows, keep your bedroom ventilated for a good while before making your bed.
A little effort in caring for your bedding can go a long way when it comes to helping you sleep and breathe comfortably. We know, we know, it’s such a hassle to stick to this schedule! But trust us, it’s worth it!
To make sure you change your sheets regularly, keep more than one set of bedding at home so that you can swap them out. Ideally, use pillow and mattress protectors as an extra layer of protection.
And of course, when you feel like you want to make the most out of your weekend instead of doing another bedding wash, reach out to your trusted laundry delivery services and let them take care of everything for you! Besides picking your phone up to make the booking, you won’t have to lift a single finger as your clean sheets, duvets, and pillows will be picked up and delivered to your doorstep while you enjoy your day off!
By sticking to these tips and advice, you won’t have to worry your tired head when you come home from a long day and just want to enjoy some well deserved slumber!