I think we can all agree that laundry is not a huge amount of fun. But I think we can also all agree that there’s nothing quite like the feeling of nice fresh clean sheets. No pain, no gain. But how often should you change your bed sheets, and what factors influence whether you should change them more or less often.
How Often to Change Your Sheets
Generally speaking, it’s best to change your sheets once a week. That said, a lot of people change them less often, perhaps every two weeks, monthly or even less frequently than that.
Here are some of the factors that might make you want to change your sheets more or less often.
- How many people share your bed – simple really the more bodies in your bed the more opportunity to make a mess of your sheets
- Time of year – at the height of summer sweaty bodies means you’ll probably want to change your sheets more often than otherwise
- What you wear – do you wear pyjamas to bed, or do you prefer au naturale? With clothes between you and your bed sheets you’ll definitely get that bit longer between changes
- Hygiene routine – showering before bed, making sure you remove make-up before bed all helps
- Eating in bed – when eating in bed it’s inevitable some crumbs and debris will end up in the bed with you. If this is something you do regularly it will take its toll on your sheets
- Pets – if you let your dog or cat share the bed with you you’re going to want to ensure a regular changing regime
- Sex – if you’re enjoying regular sex (in your bed), good for you. But it will probably mean you’ll need to change your sheets quite regularly too.
What Happens if You Don’t Change Your Sheets Regularly
Ok so it’s not likely you’ll contract a terminal disease by not changing your sheets as often as you should. But if you have a skin condition such as acne or eczema it can make a bad situation worse by being a bit slack when it comes to changing your bedding. A build-up of dust mites and dead skin cells can also be bad news for people with allergies and asthma.
So our advice to you is bear in mind the factors listed above, and do the right thing and change your sheets weekly, or as close to weekly as possible. If you do really struggle with that cadence, perhaps consider a top sheet (a flat sheet between you and your duvet) that you change frequently. Or commit to changing your pillow cases weekly, as they can get particularly oily and greasy, changing your duvet cover and sheets every other week.