How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets? Plus, Tips on Keeping Your Sheets Fresh Between Cleanings.

May 05, 2020 2 min read

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How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets? Plus, Tips on Keeping Your Sheets Fresh Between Cleanings.

Most of us spend a third of our lives in bed, leaving behind a slew of germs (yuck) Thanks to dead skin cells, sweat, and body fluids, our beds can get pretty gross. So. Just how often should you wash your bed sheets? Most experts recommend washing your sheets weekly, and here’s why.

What’s hiding between the sheets?


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, humans shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every day. With so much of our time spent in bed, I bet you can guess where a lot of those dead skin cells end up. That’s right your bed. We don’t want you to lose sleep over this but…. dead skin cells are an invitation for dust mites. Because dust mites have enzymes that can cause common allergies having them snuggled up in bed with us can trigger symptoms like congestion, snoring, and allergies affecting the quality of your sleep. Not to mention perspiration, pet dander, body oil/fluids are all creating a hotbed of germs in our sacred place of slumber.

Exceptions to the Once a Week Sheet Cleaning Rule

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When should you wash your bed sheets more than once a week? If you are sick, sleep in the nude, go to bed without a shower, sleep with your beloved pet, and sleep with a partner your sheets could need cleaning more than just once a week. If you're pressed for time, or you don’t have easy access to a washer machine/dryer weekly washing might not always be possible. If you must forgo the recommend weekly washings and sleep in your sheets beyond one week following these helpful tips can help keep your bedding fresh between washings.

  • Shower before bed- If you are clean when getting into bed your sheets will stay cleaner longer.
  • Always wear pajamas
  • Make your bed- Shaking out your bedding removing dust, and crumbs, and making the bed can help protect you from allergens.
  • Use a linen spray- Linen spray is a great way to help keep your bed smelling fresh between cleanings.
  • Change your pillowcases- Picking up extra pillowcases and changing them more often can keep dirt and allergens away from your face making a big difference in your quality of sleep.

If you don’t have time for weekly washings keeping an extra sheet set on hand can make it easier for you to replace your dirty bed sheets for clean ones.

How to Effectively Wash Your Sheets

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When washing your bedding it’s always a good idea to follow the care instructions. White and lighter colored sheets usually can be washed in any temperature, whereas darker colored sheets may require colder water to prevent fading. To kill bacteria, dust mites, and other germs It is always recommended to wash using the hottest temperature recommended by the manufacturer. Also, keep in mind if you don’t sleep with a top sheet you may have some extra laundry to do to help keep all of your bedding clean and cozy.

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