You've likely heard each day you shed thousands of skin cells; the American Academy of Dermatology says there can be as many as 40,000 of them. What you probably didn't know, however, is the skin you're shedding each day can feed over a million dust mites. And, if you think about it, there's probably many of these dust mites living in your bed.
So, should you be changing your sheets every day? In a perfect world, the answer would probably be "yes."
How Often Do Experts Recommend You Change your Sheets?
Most experts, on average, recommend you wash/change your sheets once a week. You may even be okay with washing them once every couple of weeks, if you're busy or you're not sleeping in your bed every night because you travel, for example.
There are certain conditions, however, that could dictate you launder your sheets a minimum of once a week, including:
- You sweat a lot, or your partner does
- You have pollen or dust allergies
- You have a pet sleeping in bed with you
- You have a contagious illness, or your partner does
Having to add sheets to your already piled up laundry can be a hassle if you're already on a tight schedule. But, chances are once you learn what actually goes on with your sheets if you're not changing them frequently enough, it might motivate you more to launder or change them more often.
What Happens When You Don't Wash Sheets Regularly?
When you don't wash or change your sheets on a regular basis, it exposes you to things like:
- Animal dander
- Bodily secretions
- Skin cells
While these things won't necessarily cause you to become sick, in theory, they could. They could also cause contact dermatitis, or trigger eczema in some individuals.
Sleeping on dirty sheets could also trigger or worsen allergy or asthma symptoms in some people. Over 24 million individuals in the U.S. have allergies. But, even if you don't, you could still experience sneezing and a stuffy nose after sleeping on dirty sheets the night before.
You could also contract and transmit infections through dirty sheets, according to a 2017 study.
How to Wash/Change Sheets
Generally speaking, you should be washing your sheets and your other bedding items in the hottest water temperature possible. The label on your sheet set should provide you with instructions on what the recommended hottest setting is. The hotter the water is that you're washing your sheets in, the more allergens and bacteria you remove. It's also recommended you iron your sheets after you wash them.
Keeping your Sheets Clean Between Washes/Changes
Between washings, you can help preserve your sheets and keep them clean by:
- Not napping after a sweaty session at the gym
- Showering before you go to bed
- Not eating or drinking in your bed
- Taking your makeup off before going to sleep
- Not sleeping with your pets
- Not putting on creams, lotions, or oils right before going to bed
- Removing dirt and debris from your socks or feet before you climb into bed
When it comes to breathing and sleeping easier when you go to bed, a little diligence to keeping your sheets clean and caring for your bedding will go a long way. Even though it might seem like a hassle to wash or change your sheets once a week, it's worth the effort.
Follow the manufacturer's care instructions on the sheet set and bedding tags, and use protective pillow covers.
Overview of PlushBeds Sheet Sets
If you can only wash your sheets every other week, you might want to think about buying another sheet set, so you can at least change them in between washings. Here are some great sheet sets we offer at PlushBeds.
- Organic Cotton Sateen Sheet Set
This is an Egyptian cotton set with a 300-thread count that comes with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic certification. These are the perfect sheets for you if you're looking to sleep organically. It's a lightweight, 100% organic sateen sheet which helps you sleep cool, even if you have the warmest body. They have a soft feel to them, are hypoallergenic and contain no chemicals or dyes; perfect if you're struggling with allergies or skin sensitivities.
- Tencel Sheet Set
These are known for being gentle and kind on your skin. Tencel's main benefit is it's very smooth on the fiber level when you compare it to wool and cotton. Tencel is also eco-friendly. It contains raw materials that don't require as much water for the cotton cultivation. Plus the feel and performance of this Tencel sheet set outpaces standard sheet materials by far. They are available in unique and beautiful colors, such as Opal and Ecru.
- Bamboo Sheet Set
This bamboo sheet set is constructed from a renewable source, so you can feel proud of your decision to buy this sleek sheet set. Since bamboo is a porous material, bamboo sheets are good if you have sensitive skin, and help keep you dry and cool by wicking moisture away from your body while you're sleeping. Bamboo also resists odor, and is inherently antibacterial. Unique colors in this set include rain and driftwood.
- Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set
This brushed microfiber sheet set has an outstanding feel to it. It's gentle on your skin and very soft. It's the ideal choice if you're looking for great features at an affordable price. This sheet set is naturally wrinkle- and stain-resistant, and won't shrink or pill.
- 400 TC Italian Collection
This premium 400 TC Italian Collection is woven expertly by Italian artisans. The Egyptian cotton makes the best fiber to construct sheets from, but also the Italian craftsmanship complements the sheet set, since linen making is part of the culture, and has been for centuries.
Here at PlushBeds, we believe in good health and good sleep. Try one or more of these sheets today to see what a difference it makes in the quality of your sleep!
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