So, how often do you REALLY wash your sheets? You don’t have to answer out loud, but we’re guessing it’s not as often as scientists say we should.
Yes, science has a word on the subject. Dermatologists, hygiene professionals and chemical engineers all have valuable input, some of which is more than a little disgusting. But, sometimes it takes a bitter pill to make a body feel better.
Average Sheet-Washing Frequency
As you might suspect, the average amount people launder their linens varies by age, gender and relationship status. At the bleak end, one truly disturbing 2015 survey found that single men aged 18 to 25 washed their sheets only once every three months.
As one scientist pointed out, that’s basically the same (or worse) as wearing the same outfit 90 days in a row. Terrifying.
Women, on the other hand, are light years ahead in this area. In the same demographic, women laundered their sheets an average of once every two-and-a-half weeks, or 80 percent more often.
Why More Washing Is Better
Oh boy, where to start? Without getting too graphic, let’s just say your body … eh. It gets dirty, it gets oily, it sweats, it sheds (nope, not just hair) and it does all this as much when you sleep as when you’re awake – and maybe more.
So, the question our aforementioned scientist implies is: Would you wear the same underwear for a week in a row? No, you (hopefully) would not. And so, you should treat your sheets the same.
Why More Washing Is Impossible
Well, duh. It's because we have lives! Who in the world has time to strip a bed (or many beds) once a week, wash the linens and then remake said bed?
Looked at this way, our behavior when it comes to our bed linens is at least somewhat forgivable. It’s not that we don’t want to wash them more often; it’s that we’re too busy to do it.
How to Get Clean Sheets Every Week
Buy more sheets!
We know that probably sounds a little self-serving, and it is, but that doesn’t make the answer any less true. If you have two sets of sheets, you double the time between cleaning – so long as you’re prepared to dedicate a whole load to linens.
And, after hearing from these scientists, we’re prepared to do just that.