Many of us wash our bed sheets and linens very infrequently, often waiting several months or even more between each washing. However, one of the best ways to keep you and any of your family members from getting sick and spreading germs and bacteria around your house is to keep your linens clean at all times.
According to recent studies, it may be best to wash your bedding every week to keep yourself healthy. If you wash your sheets in 130 degree or more water you will eliminate all of the dead skin cells and dust mites that have been accumulating in your sleep, and this will eliminate any chance for bacteria to grow on your sheets. Also, if your or someone in your family sweats heavily, or if you have a pet who sleeps in the bed with you, you should consider washing the sheets every couple of days to eliminate the dirt or pet dander. You should also wash your mattress pad every other week or even monthly to get rid of anything that may have been left behind.
As far as your pillows are concerned, you should wash them about every six months, if not sooner. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions when you wash them, and also throw in some tennis balls when drying the pillows so that they keep their shape and form. It may also be a good idea to have a zippered pillow protector for your pillows, because these act as a barrier between the pillow and the case, and they can be easily washed each week.
Make sure you don’t ignore your comforters or blankets either. They should be washed monthly, and your duvet should be washed weekly. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure you don’t mess anything up, and make sure they are dried properly so no mold can grow on them.
Lastly, towels should also be washed regularly. Bath towels should be washed weekly, especially because they are kept in warm, moist areas. Smaller towels that are used for other tasks, liking drying hands or wiping away dirt and oil, should be washed much more frequently.
if you follow these basic guidelines, you should experience the benefit of keeping all of that grime, bacteria, and dead skin cells off of your linens, and your should also have a much better chance of fighting off colds when the weather changes.