Should bottom sheets and other bedding be left alone for long periods of time, they can attract bacteria and other germs. On average, people spend 49-60 hours every week in bed, and that’s a good amount of time for sweat, dirt, oil, dead skin cells, saliva, and other unsavory elements to accumulate. The longer it sits, the higher the risk of getting infections, allergies, asthma, skin breakouts, and other ailments.

Here are a few points to consider that will prompt you to clean your bed sheets as often as possible.

Beds and Bugs

Every day as you sleep, you shed around 500 million skin cells. The cells are food for microscopic dust mites, and unfortunately, these mites and their excrement can trigger allergies and asthma. Bedbugs are another bed pest that can be very tricky to get rid of. They bite and cause itchiness, severe reactions in some, anxiety, insomnia, allergies, and even adverse mental health effects. According to the French Union for Pest Control (CS3D), bed bugs became so hardy that the number of infestations had risen to 400,000 in 2020 up from 180,000 in just two years. If you clean your bottom sheets often, you’re less likely to deal with bedbugs.

Household Germs

Staphylococcus aureus, the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections, can survive in cotton for a week and up to two weeks on terry cloth. Survival rates differ between different microbial species. Fungal species can survive on fabrics for a month. An example is Candida albicans, which causes urinary tract infections, genital yeast infections, and oral thrush. Influenza viruses can survive on fabrics for eight to 12 hours, while the vaccinia virus can last for 14 weeks on wool and cotton.

How Often Should Sheets Be Washed?

According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, bedding should be washed at least once every two weeks and once every week if you sweat excessively. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends washing bedding once a week in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites. If one suffers from allergies, they can invest in hypoallergenic sheets, especially for bottom sheets. Another tip is to pull your duvet away to let the bottom sheets breathe and become less attractive to pests.

Maintaining proper bed hygiene can help you keep diseases and allergies away. Some hypoallergenic bottom sheets even come interwoven with Zinc since it has antibacterial properties. If you’re interested in purchasing new bedding, reach out to us today.