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How often do you wash your bed sheets?

Washing bed linen is one of the most loathed household chores for many people.

Paul Morris, who has over 20 years of experience specialising in household protection against the spread of microbes, said: ‘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.’

‘I would recommend washing sheets at least once a week. The key to keeping bacteria away is the quality of the wash.’

Paul’s comments come as new research reveals less than a third (28 per cent) of UK households change their sheets once a week.

The research, from Time 4 Sleep, also revealed that 40% of Brits change their bed sheets once every two weeks, while almost a quarter (24%) wash them just once every three to four weeks.

It found that many people were unaware of how unhygienic leaving sheets unwashed for weeks on end can be.

How often do you wash your bedsheets? Do you have a regular day to do it? What puts you off changing them more frequently than you do? Do you iron them before you put them back on your bed?

How often do you wash your bed sheets?

2934 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Once a week Less often than once a week

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Raindrop
28th Jan 2020
1
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I change my bed linen every ten days or so. I have never ironed sheets or duvet covers life is too short. I might iron pillowcases if guests are staying though. I always open my window whatever time of year to air the room.
Wakeling
26th Jan 2020
1
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Depends on how many nights I sleep in my bed
CoffeeCake
26th Jan 2020
0
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I love the smell and feel of freshly washed bed linen, so once a week.
Claudezo
24th Jan 2020
0
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I always change my sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover every single week, because they are white cotton.
ChristineT25
24th Jan 2020
0
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I always use a sheet under the duvet, and change bottom sheet weekly. Top sheet to the bottom. I don't have to fight with the duvet cover too often.
netts
22nd Jan 2020
0
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E.very 10 or 12 days now that is an effort to put on a duvet, folks of my age used to get a bath once a week and sheets were put in for a boil wash, ironing used to take up most of a Monday if you had a family How times have changed for the better
dotty dot
22nd Jan 2020
1
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Once a week and do not iron
Gem
21st Jan 2020
0
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Once a month as showering before bed means bedding stays cleaner longer. Always leave bedding folded down during day with dehumidifier running during morning in winter or windows open in summer. If unwell then all bedding washed every day if necessary. Don't iron just take out of dryer, shake then back onto bed.
SueC62
21st Jan 2020
0
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In theory once a week but it depends how many nights I've slept at home. If I've been ill with a cold, the bed is changed as soon as I feel better. I always turn the bed down in the morning to air and make it after an hour or two. I never, ever iron sheets or duvet covers but after drying, fold them carefully to avoid creases before putting away. I do iron pillow cases.
Deansie
21st Jan 2020
1
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I air the bed every day after getting out and wash the bedding every week usually on a Monday and iron before putting in airing cupboard and as I have a few sets change around
Lady B
21st Jan 2020
1
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Clean sheets Sunday! So every week! But on waking I throw back the quilt, open the window and let the bed air for at least 30 minutes before making! Oh and I never iron bedding! Life’s too short!!
relleupete
21st Jan 2020
0
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It depends on the weather! If it is fairly dry they are washed weekly but as we live in a residential Park Home we have to be aware of condensation and have a dehumidifier to keep the damp at bay. We use fitted bottom sheet which is washed regularly and a and a top sheet we wash every other week, we have 2 blankets and a thick top cover, all of which are washed when and if the weather is good. If we cannot get them in the washing machine, we wait for good weather and they are washed in the old fashioned way by our feet, in our deep shower tray, or the bath. we hope it saves water, but don't think t does, just feel it is better on the environment. I do wonder how many people know the best washing liquid for the environment?
Buckie
21st Jan 2020
1
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I sleep alone in a king size bed and it’s changed once a week in the winter and twice in the summer wash at 60 degrees and always iron sheets, pillow cases and duvet love getting into a clean bed.
JaniceL814
21st Jan 2020
0
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I change my bed every week and do iron it. The bit I do not like is putting the duvet cover back on.
SCW787
21st Jan 2020
0
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Wash and iron my bed sheets every week....
PamelaMag
21st Jan 2020
0
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I do not iron bed linen - occasionally when I have visitors I iron the top of the flat sheet!
Lorena2204
21st Jan 2020
1
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I wash the sheets and duvet cover once a week on a 60 degree wash and the pillowcases every other day , I am fortunate to be able to dry them outside as I live in Cyprus, ironed before remaking .
I have the pillows, duvet and mattress topper laundered every 12 weeks.
Little3
26th Jan 2020
0
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Jjann
21st Jan 2020
1
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You should give an option to put in our own time. I wash mine probably every three weeks on the theory as l sleep alone thry need washing less often.
VeraS
20th Jan 2020
1
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bernie55
19th Jan 2020
0
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I wash and iron both top and bottom sheets plus pillowcase every week. Meanwhile a clean set is put on with ‘hospital corners’ for the bottom sheet. As mentioned earlier I also sleep better with fresh bed linen.
Yagala
18th Jan 2020
1
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I use two beed sheets, one to lay on and one to lay under it. Over it is a duvet. The bottom sheet I wash every week as I do the duvet cover. Every morning when I get uo I open the bed completely to air it, two hours later I make up the bed completely thus I have a fresh bed every night.
Sidestep15
18th Jan 2020
1
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i think that climbing into clean sheets once a week is one of the nicest things to do Most people have a washing machine these days it's not much of a hardship to throw things in a machine., perhaps people who change less frequently don't like the ironing - just a thought.
Ian123
17th Jan 2020
2
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I wash them once I notice that the sheets appear to be moving by themselves.
Little3
26th Jan 2020
0
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Haha - I have a feeling there are many who leave need linen more than the four weeks worst position in the article 😉
Liz3
17th Jan 2020
2
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There' is nothing nicer than climbing into a fresh bed x
ElisabethR
17th Jan 2020
1
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My cleaning lady does it.......... Always lovely and she irons it all...........
I find it very difficult and struggle with osteoporosis and arthritis hence my lovely Louise.
Munsterlander
17th Jan 2020
3
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Never-the wife does the washing
MrsPat
17th Jan 2020
4
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Once a month-saves the environment and we are both clean
gretathornes
17th Jan 2020
4
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Used to wash weekly but now I live in an apartment and more difficult to dry them so I do fortnightly in the winter and weekly in the summer
Margaret Hart
17th Jan 2020
4
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I usually wash sheets once per week but the hardest part is the duvet cover as if your a small person it’s very hard to handle and I can honestly say I have gone to carry out this chore and been put off by the duvet.. most people are clean when they go to bed so I don’t think it should get that bad but after reading this I will certainly try to keep to the week. You’ve got to remember that this adds to the cost of washing powder and electricity as washers are all cold fill now..
Yodama
17th Jan 2020
4
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Once a week in winter and twice a week in summer.
Lovely to get into a fresh bed, I seem to sleep better.
Bicarbonate of soda sprinkled on the mattress and a good hoover on a regular basis.

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