How Often Do You Wash Your Sheets? Well, Here’s The Magic Number And Why You Should Stick To It

Sometimes, life gets in the way or you just don’t have access to a washing machine. But there’s a time limit on how long you can go without washing your bed sheets. So what is it? A week, a month, or six months? Well, we’re here to give you the magic number and explain to you why you should follow it all the time. Trust us! You might be surprised to find out what it is, and it might even prompt you to wash your sheets today!

Different Factors Come Into Play

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How much do you move in your sleep? Do you wear lots of clothing when you get into bed? These factors play a role in figuring out how often you should wash your sheets. But there’s one magical number that dermatologists and microbiologists highly agree on when it comes to how often you should wash your sheets, and there are a lot of very important reasons you should follow it. Spoiler alert: we’re probably not washing them as often as we should!

Unwashed Sheets Accumulate Some Nasty Stuff

Did you know that you shed anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells a day? Since you spend a bunch of hours in bed at night, a lot of these skin cells wind up on your sheets. But wait! It gets creepier! The dead skin cells lead to microscopic critters known as dust mites and they have an appetite for your skin cells.

You’re Sleeping In A Cesspool

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By not washing your sheets on a regular basis, you could be lying in a bed full of disgusting things that are more frightening than dust mites. If you sleep shirtless or in your birthday suit, you could introduce sweat, oil from your skin and other bodily fluids, including trace amounts of fecal matter. Yup. We did warn you it was pretty nasty. If you happen to share your bed with your significant other or a pet, then you’re multiplying the number of fluids and skin cells.

It Can Mess With Your Skin’s Health

Dirty sheets may not lead to a life-threatening condition, but it will affect the overall health of your skin. Remember that your skin contains microorganisms called microbiome which are generally harmless. But the bacteria from unwashed sheets can cause a disruption in the microbiome’s eco-system and lead to skin conditions like acne and eczema. Oh, and those dust mites we talked about earlier can produce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny noses.

So What’s The Magic Number?

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The best way to avoid building up dust mites, allergens and bodily fluids is to wash your sheets at least once a week. But this magic number is just a generalization. There are a number of factors that can determine whether you need to wash more often than once a week or not.

A Number Of Factors

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If you wear pajamas to bed, then some of the dead skin cells won’t end up on your sheets. If you shower before bed then this will get rid of dead skin cells. If you don’t move around a lot in your sleep, then you won’t shed as many skin cells. You should also ask yourself, do you drool a lot? Do you suffer from eczema, acne, or other skin conditions? If you answered yes, then you need to wash your sheets more than once a week.

You Can Stretch Your Sheets

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You can stretch the time you wash your sheets beyond a week if you wash your face before going to bed. This ensures that you don’t dirty your pillow even further by putting your dirty face on it. You should also make your bed daily and shake the sheets. This will cause skin particles to fall on the floor. Another great solution would be to buy more bed sheets. That way you don’t have to wash as often.