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You all do a great job making sure you never wear the same clothes twice in a row, right? You're pretty good about washing your dishes, keeping your laundry clean, and even cleaning the stinky bathroom now and then. But, what about cleaning and washing your bedding?
When it comes to bedding, especially sheets, many of you fall short and not pay attention to proper care tips. Without regular washing and cleaning, dirty sheets can contribute to various health problems starting from allergies and skin breakouts to cancer. Don't get us wrong! We understand that most of you already know the importance of keeping your bed sheets clean. But you might not be aware of the funky fungi and creepy critters that live in it if you don't wash your sheets.
Wondering how often you should wash your bedsheets? We are here to settle this debate once and for all!
Did you know that dirty and unclean sheets harbor a lot of icky stuff? Dead skin cells, sweat, dust mites, allergens, and whatnot! Sleeping on dirty sheets can indeed make your comfy bed into a petri dish for creepy germs to grow!
You shed up to 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every single day. Well, that's necessary for good health, but when you're lying down in your bed, those skin cells have to hang out somewhere. So naturally, they'll end up on your sheets, and where skin cells go, dust mites will follow. These tiny little creatures love to feast on the shed cells, Ew! The critters and their droppings can cause allergies, asthma and even make your itchy eczema flare.
Not washing your sheets regularly puts all of this, including dead skin cells, sweat, pollen, pet dander, molds, dust mites, and other allergens, in close contact with your skin throughout the night. This leads to a variety of problems starting from minor skin irritation to infections in a worst-case scenario. Constant itching, allergies, and breathing problems resulting from unhygienic bed sheets can very well affect your sleep quality. Therefore, if you wish to get better sleep, start caring for your bed sheets with just as much attention as you would for the rest of your laundry.
At Turmerry, we recommend that you wash your bed sheets at least once a week. If you are someone who sweats a lot at night, suffers from asthma, or is allergic to dust mites, you should make it compulsory to wash your sheets every week.
But there are certain expectations of this once-a-week rule. You should wash and change your sheets more often if you are sick with something contagious, go to bed without showering after being outside for a long time, or sleep nude. If you have pets and you let them sleep on your bed, make sure to wash your sheets every 3-4 days. This is because you introduce comparatively more germs and allergens to your sheets which are not going anywhere without a proper wash.
If you don't take a nap on your mattress every day, you are free to stretch this to once every two weeks.
Lazy enough to wash your sheets even once a week? Worry not! At Turmerry, we have 400 thread count long-staple BCI antimicrobial sheet sets that require less laundry (up to 3 times less) when compared to other sheets. And the best part, these sheets prevent 99.9% of bacteria growth and are mold, mildew, and fungi resistant.
Now you are aware of the importance of washing your sheets and how often you should wash them. But, how do you wash your sheets? It's easy!
If you wish to have that crisp look offered by hotel sheets, a warm iron can help you! Since washing and drying bed sheets might take a few hours, it is always better to have a couple of sets of sheets. That way, you can strip the bed, make it up with fresh sheets, and throw the dirty sheets into the wash when it's convenient. At Turmerry, we recommend you to go for organic sheet sets as they are free of chemicals and entirely safe for both you and the environment.
If you'd like to purchase an organic sheet set and are unsure how to choose one, you can check out our guide on 'How to Choose an Organic Sheet Set'.
Just like sheets, pillows, and other bedding, including duvets, blankets, comforters should be washed or cleaned accordingly.
|Pillows||Once every 4-6 months|
|Pillow cases||Once a week|
|Duvet covers||Once every month|
|Blankets||Once every 2-3 months|
|Comforters||Once every 2-3 months|
|Mattress||Once every 6 months|
Not all products mentioned in the table are washed/cleaned in the same way. This is because each product is made of a unique design and needs specific care. Therefore, always make sure to check the manufacturer's guidelines before washing/cleaning your bedding. Proper washing/cleaning can help extend the lifespan of your bedding while improving sleep quality and your health.