January 2018

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How often should you wash your bed sheets?

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Washing our bed sheets can be a chore, but recent reports claim we should be washing our bed sheets once a week to stave off dead skin cells, unwanted bacteria and dust mites.

Paul Morris, who has 20 years of experience specialising in household protection against the spread of microbes, said: “I would recommend washing sheets at least once a week. The key to keeping bacteria away is the quality of the wash.”

“’It is extremely important to wash bed sheets on a regular basis as the build up of dead skin cells can lead to dust mites, unwanted bacteria and unpleasant odours.’

And though once a week may not sound as bad as you were expecting, it’s more than the average person currently cleans their bed sheets.

The research, from Time 4 Sleep, reveals less than a third (28%) of UK households change their sheets once a week, while 40% of Brits change their bed sheets once every two weeks.

24% of us wash them just once every three to four weeks.

Paul recommends washing sheets weekly on a high temperature or, if you want to be more economical using an antibacterial agent.