How often should you change your bedsheets and how long is too long to wait? We all love the feel of fresh sheets and we sleep better on a clean bed.
So, how long is it before pillowcases, blankets, and duvet covers need washing? If you haven’t changed your beddings lately, you may want to hear this.
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How Often Should You Change Your Bed Linens?
How often should you change your bed linens? We have lots of house cleaners that are asking us this especially, during the global pandemic of the coronavirus.
Right, if your house is an active COVID household. If you have people that are staying in the beds with COVID, you might not even be able to get them out of the bed in order to wash the linens. But if you can, you should wash the linens every day.
If you wash them in hot, 130-degree temperature water, it’s going to kill a lot of the bacteria that is continuing to make people sick. So we want to wash them every day if at all possible.
Airbnb Cleaners Change the Linens Everyday
Now, not such a strange concept. In the Airbnb industry, we flip the property and we wash the linens. We clean the linens between every single guest for sanitization purposes.
If we have guests that come over to our home, after they leave, the very first thing that happens is we take all the linens off the beds. We take all the towels, it all goes in the washing machine, and we reset that for the next guest.
What Happens if You’re an Average Joe?
But what happens if you are an average Joe, you’re not sick, you live in a regular household, how often should you wash your bedsheets? Well, if you were to wear a shirt, and you wore the same one every day for eight hours, how often would you need to wash it?
Well, the answer is every day. You sweat in it, you have body oils, you have dander from your hair, all kinds of stuff. And you pick up dust, and airborne contaminants, so that would need to be washed every single day.
You Sleep in Your Bed for Eight Hours a Night
Now, the reason is when we go to sleep at night, we are supposed to be having eight hours of sleep. Doesn’t always happen, but when you’re sleeping inside your bed sheets, you’re tossing and turning. And you’re sweating, you also have pet dander. Some people fall asleep out of exhaustion and they never even took their makeup off, now there’s makeup on the pillow.
Lots of people sleep on pillows, so they are breathing into that pillow. That’s got to be washed at some point. How often do you need to wash it?
Wash Your Pillows Once a Week
My suggestion is at the very least it’s going to be once a week, maybe twice a week. Because you are inside this bed all night during the night. We spend about a third of our lives inside our beds.
Whether we’re watching TV from our beds, reading, and some people even eat in their beds. They say if you eat in your bed, you wake up feeling crumby. So, yes, you should wash your sheets a lot.
You Have to Clean the Surroundings of the Bed Too
Now there are a couple of other things that you need to think about. There are a lot of things surrounding the bed that also attribute to allergies.
So even if you was your bed on a regular basis, there’s dust on the nightstands, there’s dust on the bed stands, and oftentimes there’s an overhead ceiling fan that collects dust. So when you pull off the comforter and you still have the sheets there, that’s the time you want to dust the overhead ceiling fan. Because if any dust falls below, it’s going to fall on the sheets that you’re about to wash. That is the best time that you can possibly dust that overhead light.
Vacuum Around the Bed As Well
Once that is done and you have pulled the sheets off. This is a great time to grab the vacuum and go behind the bed stand and underneath the bed. You even need to vacuum the mattress sometimes.
You want to scoop up any dust, or any socks, slippers, any hair. Anything that has fallen that is then around the side of the bed, because that picks up dust and debris, and that contributes to allergies.
This is a great time to go ahead and wipe everything down and make sure that there’s no dust, if you have a CPAP machine, that you’ve wiped down the CPAP machine, everything is nice and tidy, while your linens are being washed.
When You Bring the Clean Linens Back Everything Will Be Clean
Then when you bring the linens back to the bed, that’s when you have everything nice and tidy. If you have any windows that are there, you’ve washed the windows, and dusted the blinds.
Now when you put everything back, it only contributes to a nice, clean, peaceful sleep. Then when you climb into those nice clean sheets, there’s this nice, clean, crisp feeling, and it contributes to a beautiful night’s sleep.
We Recommend Allergy Bed Covers
How often should you do it? At least every week, and bedcovers are recommended. These are allergy covers that go over the mattresses and over the pillows. It locks in the fabric and the mattress so that if you sneeze, snore, or breathe heavy then it doesn’t penetrate that shield.
It also protects bedbugs from attacking your mattress and where they would then live inside. So, it prevents all of that, and it keeps dust mites and all that stuff away from you, so that… Those can be vacuumed and thrown in the washing machine.
Let Mattress Encasings Air Dry
If you use a mattress encasing, they’re often plastic on the inside, you want to let them air dry. Do not put those inside the dryer because it will break the inside of the barrier protection that is made of a kind of a plastic film.
So you want to pay attention to that, but those are very inexpensive. They are a great way to prevent allergies for people who suffer from breathing at night, especially if they’re snoring.
Anyway, so once a week at least. If you have COVID or you are sick, or you have the flu, pneumonia, a cough, cold, or sickness of any sort, then they should be washed every night during the sickness, and two or three days after that. This makes sure you’ve washed all of that away.
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