How Often to Wash Linen Sheets

The question of how often to wash linen sheets will perhaps by something on your mind from time to time. Here we will answer this question for you. If you are someone who has ultra-hygiene requirements, by all means wash your bedding every day. If this is not possible because you actually have other things to do with your life other than just do laundry, you should wash your bedding at least every one or two weeks at most. Sweat, saliva, skin cells, dust particles, and a whole lot more, cause odours and stains, and turn your bed into a unhealthy melting pot of bacteria, allergens ad perhaps even fungi. Pretty disgusting we’re sure you’ll agree.

Some micro-organisms can aggravate allergies or skin conditions, cause infections, and even cause illness if they remain in your bed for too long and re-enter your body. As mentioned, it’s usually recommended to wash your bedding every one to two weeks, but the frequency depends on the fabric, bed linen type, and a whole host of other things, such as whether you allow pets on your bed and so on. A survey conducted by Bedding Reviewer Mattress Advisor found that most people did not in fact change their bed every week, or even every two weeks. The majority of the 1,000 people surveyed washed their bed clothes on average once every 24.4 days. Yes, the same sheets had been slept in for more than three weeks before being washed.

Philip Terno, a microbiologist and pathologist at the New York University School of Medicine, says that humans produce about 26 gallons of sweat on average per bed every year, creating a nice and humid environment in which bacteria can thrive. Philip told Tech Insider, "You have all kinds of excretory agents, including bacteria, animal dander, pollen, dust, lint, sweat from the body and skin cells". "Then there are also the cosmetics that people use to consider. People put oils and creams on their bodies daily". Another recent study found that both artificial and feathered pillows examined contained between 4 and 17 different types of fungus. As you consider all the lovely bacteria and toxins potentially inhabiting your bed, we remind you that washing your bedding regularly is your best chance to minimise it. Pure 100% bed linen is breathable all year round so it cuts down on the amount of sweat you’re likely to produce. But washing your bed clothes weekly eliminates all the bad stuff, giving you a bacteria free bedroom.

To maintain the premium quality of your bedding, avoid harsh liquids and powder detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and bleaching agents as these can unnecessarily damage the fabric. Also ensure to keep your bedding away from household cleaners and personal care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxide as they can cause discolouration.

Wash linen sheets in cold or warm water on a gentle cycle and ideally allows them to dry naturally. No ironing is required really unless you feel the need to, and we recommend that if you do use a dryer, you use a low dryer setting. If you are allowing your bedding to dry over a wooden clothes horse, bear in mind they do sometimes cause stains, particularly on light coloured fabrics.