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Published on Oct 14, 2020
I was recently horrified to learn my brother only washes his sheets annually. It turns out, he’s not alone.
A 2020 Choice Facebook survey found that while almost half (approx. 49.4%) of the 1001 respondents washed their sheets weekly, 13 people confessed to only putting bedding through the machine once a year!
What about you? And what other bedding blunders do most people make?
Each night as you sleep, you secrete sweat, saliva, a day’s worth of grime and most concerning of all, thousands of dead skin cells (about 1kg a year!). That’s a smorgasbord of bacteria accumulating in your bedding while the skin cells that slough off our bodies become a food source for dust mites. So, why are dust mites so bad? Dust mites love dark, warm environments where there is a constant supply of food. They excrete twice their body weight per day, droppings which contain toxins that can cause respiratory, allergic and skin issues. To give you an idea of dust mites’ bearing on our bedding, Perth-based respiratory expert Professor John Blakey recently told The Guardian that more than 10% of the weight of most dirty pillows will be hundreds of thousands of dust mites and their droppings. Keeping your bedding clean will ensure dust mites, skin cells and bacteria stay away from your bedroom. A healthy mattress free of dust mites definitely equals a good night's sleep! We can help you out. Here are the four worst mistakes you’re making when it comes to keeping your sleep haven healthy and how you can turn things around.
You should be washing your sheets at least once a fortnight, according to most experts. However, once a week is recommended during summer, in warmer climates, or if you have allergies or respiratory concerns such as asthma. Remember to wash in a warm or hot cycle to effectively kill germs and have your bedding super healthy. Most washing powders do an effective job of getting your bedding clean. Plan the task on a day when you know there’s enough time to pull off all sheets, covers and cases, wash, dry completely in the sunshine and put your fresh sheets back on. Experts advise against sleeping on a mattress without sheets or a cover – we’ve all done it before, especially when the sheets haven’t dried before we’re ready to retire for the night.
While you may be washing your sheets as often as you should, are you remembering to put the pillowcases in as well? Our pillowcases are often forgotten in our weekly wash but keeping them clean is just as important as the rest of your bedding. Keep in mind that your pillowcases may need to be washed more often if you wear makeup which may not all get removed before you go to bed, have a skin condition or wear night moisturiser. A dirty pillowcase may be causing oily skin or breakouts.