How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

You’re Probably Not Washing Your Sheets Nearly As Much As You Should Be

by | Sep 4, 2019

Changing your bed sheets once a month is labour intensive enough, let alone twice – or *gasps* three times. (Honestly, we’re sweating just thinking about all those hospital tucks.)

But FYI, the less you do it, the more dead skin, fungus, bacteria and faecal matter build up. Yeah, just let that sink in…

So… how often do you *actually* need to wash your sheets? We hit up an expert to take out the guesswork.

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“For people who don’t have any specific skin concerns or skin conditions, I would say once a fortnight is certainly enough,” specialist dermatologist Dr Ritu Gupta tells Women’s Health. “For people living with skin conditions like eczema, I would recommend washing or changing your sheets more frequently, at least once per week. This can cause bacteria to accumulate on your sheets which can disrupt the delicate balance of your skin’s ecosystem.”

How often you work out also comes into it – especially if you’re a heavy sweater.



“If you exercise frequently and don’t always shower after a gym session, then it’s best to clean your sheets on a more regular basis,” Dr Ritu adds. “If your sleeping environment is dirty, there’s also an increased chance of getting bed bugs and other infestations, making you more prone to developing skin rashes and infections.”

Is there any other way to keep things, erm… sanitary? For starters, keep the dust mites at bay. They feed on human skin cells, which, FYI, we shed millions and millions of each day.



“Be sure to vacuum your mattress regularly,” Dr Ritu says. “When using linen that has been sitting in your cupboard for a while, make sure you either wash it in hot water or hang them out in the sun to kill off the dust mites.” Noted.

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