The bed, where we spent most of the time during the night and as well as the day, needs to be cleaned regularly, meaning the linen we use every day and all the accessories. In that bed we receive the needed rest and as well as those special love moments that we all like to cherish. Hence, we need to keep it clean by washing the sheets on regular basis, and if we do not that, then this cozy place will be far from special and resting.
Even if it seems clean to you, you should know that every week, we spend in it 49 – 63 hours releasing sweat, dead skin, dirt, oil, bacteria, and germs.
According to Dr. Lisa Ackerley, Hygiene Doctor, and Dettol Expert, we must wash the sheets every week in order to prevent serious viruses and infections. She states the following:
“Think of all the things you do in bed. Apart from being the place where we go to sleep, it can double up as the home office, the tea room, the dining table or even your dog or cat’s bed.
Depending upon what your bed is used for, and also how clean you are when you get in it (and indeed whether you wear nightwear), your bed can get pretty filthy and may actually be causing your body harm.”
Several Reasons for Regular Washing of Your Sheets
- We leave thousands of dead skin cells, saliva, and sweat on our bed sheets thus making it the ideal environment for bacteria and viruses. As per a performed study, dirty sheets can have from three million to five million CFUs (colony-forming units) per square inch in just one week. It has been shown that pillowcases can have over seventeen thousand times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
- The human body is constantly shedding dead skin cells that get piled up in the bedding which makes it an ideal environment for dust mites. These tiny organisms feed on dead skin cells and can cause allergies, worsen asthma, and lead to eczema flare-up.
- Waking up with itchy bite marks, might be a result of bed bugs that thrive in dirty sheets. These insects can be killed by washing the sheets with hot water.
- Unwashed pillowcases can cause acne since there are plenty of bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt accumulated on them.
- Pets are our best companions but their hairs make the bed even more attractive to dust mites.
Tips How to Have Clean and Bug-Free Bed
- Regularly wash the sheets with hot water every week.
- If you use the bed very often or have a tendency to eat in it or let your children or pets to sleep with you, then change the sheets couple of times during the week. This also applies if you sweat a lot during the night.
- The bedding needs to be washed more frequently if you sleep nude, in case of sickness, or you crash into your bed without showering after a workout or being outside for a long time.
- Your mattress needs vacuuming a few times per year.
- You should wash the pillows at least two times per year, and also the bed coverings and duvets.
- Do not immediately make the bed, but turn back the covers for a few minutes in order to let the moisture to dry out.
- Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, recommends the use of hypoallergenic detergent, but the best one is fragrance-free detergent used in the suggested amount since overdosing “ means that the detergent molecules themselves can become lodged between fibers of the fabrics” thus causing irritation reactions.