This is a no-brainer. You must change your bed sheets as often as you can. Most of you will agree that a freshly made bed feels heavenly, but how often should you be changing your bed sheets? If getting into your bed after a long day of work is something you look forward to, trust us when we say slipping between new and clean bed linen is something you will totally love!
On the flip side, making the bed is time-consuming, and takes time away from doing other fun things. Then you also have to deal with all the laundry generated by changing your sheets. YES, more work! This is why most people delay changing the sheets for as long as possible. However, little do they realize that clean bed linen not only makes one feel fresh, but also improves general well-being and facilitates better sleep.
Dirt and dust can quickly build up, and unless you change your sheets, you will be sleeping amidst microscopic dust mites, dust, dead skin cells, among other not so pleasant things. Dust mites aren’t the only surprises that lurk within your sheets. Every night, you shed about a million skin cells, and not to forget the natural skin oils and sweat, and if you do not wash your bedding, you will soon have to spend restless nights tossing and turning in bed.
When should your bed linens be changed?
There are a number of factors that go into determining how often you must throw your used linen into the washing machine. A two-week rule will work great for most households. But, there are a few reasons to change them more often. Listed below are a few factors that call for changing of linen every 4-5 days.
#1. Do you have oily skin?
If you have oily skin, and need to wash your face every few hours to keep the oil in check, it will do you good to change your linen once every three to four days. Be sure to use a good detergent to wash your sheets to remove all the oil, dirt, and grime that may have collected in your sheets. Also, wash your pillow covers and air dry your pillows in a sunny spot before you layer your bed with freshly washed linen. We suggest that you use cotton sheets, especially if you tend to sweat a lot or have oily skin as they are more breathable and comfortable too!
#2. Does your pet share your bed?
If you love your pet, and allow it to jump into your bed occasionally, you must wash your bed sets as often as you possibly can. While we recommend that you clean your bed linen every alternate day, do not push it over 4-5 days. Your pet is bound to shed hair that will get lodged in your sheets, and if not cleaned regularly, can cause a number of infections, allergies, and also disturbed sleep.
#3. Do you eat in your bed?
If you eat on your bed, and have an accidental spill, wash the sheets immediately. Unless you treat your linen to some detergent, the stain is likely to remain. Let us not forget that you can contract allergies and infections, if you sleep in a dirty bed.
#4. Do you watch the telly from your bed, or use it as a makeshift office?
If your answer is yes, be sure to wash your bed sheets at least once every 4-5 days. When you spend long durations of time in your bed, you are likely to contaminate your sheets with sweat. Even the best sheets can get dirty when you spend a long time in bed. So, do not be lazy. Make some time to launder your sheets every few days to keep your bed smelling and feeling clean and fresh.
These are but a few of the factors that influence the need to change your sheets more often. You can change them every alternate day, if you have the patience to deal with laundry and bed making. But, be sure to change your bed sheets at least once or twice a week to enjoy better health and sleep quality.