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How often should you wash your bedding? Expert shares 'nightmare' truth


Fresh sheets make for a particularly comfortable night’s sleep, however, how often one should wash their bedding can be a point of contention. According to one expert, though, there is a “nightmare” reason why you should consider cleaning your bedding on a weekly basis.

“If that isn’t enough to give you nightmares, then the unpleasant truth is that sweat build-up isn’t pleasant or hygienic, and over the months will actually stain the sheets in the same way that sweat stains a white shirt.”

According to the Sleep Foundation, people who have pets should consider washing their bedding even more often than this.

The Sleep Foundation website explains: “If you have pets, and particularly if you let them sleep in your bed, a wash every three to four days is recommended.”

In peak allergy seasons, such as summer when pollen counts rise, it is advised hay fever sufferers throw their sheets in the washing machine a little more frequently.

Those who do have health conditions, such as asthma or allergies, could end up feeling better simply by washing their bedding more often, say the experts.

The Sleep Foundation states: “If you experience allergies or asthma, it may be worth it to try cleaning your bedding more frequently to see if your symptoms improve.”

Unwashed sheets can also have an impact on your skin.

Unwashed sheets can lead to conditions such as acne, spots or rashes due to a build-up of dirt over time.

However, it is possible to stretch out the period between washes in some circumstances.

The Sleep Foundation explains: “If you don’t sleep on your mattress every day, you may be able to stretch this to once every two weeks or so.”

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