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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 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 per cent of Brits change their bed sheets once every two weeks, while almost a quarter (24 per cent) 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 bed sheets? 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?

1185 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Once a week Less often than once a week

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SassySal
21st May 2018
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once a week in hot water - maybe a day or two over on occasion. Don't like folding fitted sheets!
domino54
31st Mar 2018
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I always change my bed once a week, but on reading further views it is amazing how the simple pleasures in life give so much, quite a few members have said about the pleasure it gives them getting into a freshly made bed, I myself am one of this happy group,it is a wonderful feeling and one I do look forward to,this is priceless ,I wonder how many other simple pleasures in life that cost nothing but mean a lot to us can other members think of, such as the smell of home baked bread hmmm,can smell it now just writing about it.One of the things that really makes me think of being younger is the smell of a steam train, used to love them.
1BA
5th Mar 2018
1
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Just like my mother I put all clean bedding on once a week wash the sheet.duvet covers and valences week iron them put them away for following week.Nothing nicer than getting into a bed with lovely clean sheets. Also watching them blow in.the breeze on the washing line reminds me of wash days when.I was a child and mam washing with dolly tub
SilverDreamwalker
9th Feb 2018
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As someone who showers before going to bed I presume that I am exfoliating enough not to have to change my bedding weekly. I do ensure the bedding is changed every two weeks, I do it myself. I wash all the bedding at 60 degrees and dry it on an airier. I then take it to be ironed in a high street shop. It comes back looking and smelling fantastic. Am I doing anything wrong here?
Pwilly
9th Feb 2018
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I just seem to have carried on what we did as children. Monday was change beds day, so it is today.
Sparkle45
1st Feb 2018
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I change my sheets every week and wash them as it makes me feel better.
As a girl I remember the wonderful feeling getting into a freshly changed bed ... true then sheets were pure cotton of instead today half have other things in .. non iron stuff etc.
I still have some pure cotton sheets and feel the same ... smile
SandraN4
1st Feb 2018
1
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I would love my sheets changed every day - we change our clothes daily, tea towels and towels so why not the bed sheets? I know why, it's the whole lengthy business of stripping the beds and getting all that linen washed and dried on a daily basis... all the other stuff is enough to wash and dry.
Anisa
31st Jan 2018
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On Sundays and I do iron them
acusack
29th Jan 2018
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On a Saturday, love to get on the line and always iron, nothing better than getting into a fresh bed!
Dickens
29th Jan 2018
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Once a week Saturday morning is laundry day at ours. Love to get them out on the line to dry weather permitting of course. Otherwise in the tumble drier. And iron them except fitted sheets.
SPSandy
29th Jan 2018
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I hate struggling to get my duvet cover on, it's a chore but has to be done.
Chrischicken
29th Jan 2018
1
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I use two sheets and the duvet on top so it doesn’t have to be washed so often.
Sparkle45
1st Feb 2018
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So do i call it being sensible ... why make more work for yourself than needed .... plus I sleep better
StanL
29th Jan 2018
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Every Sunday wash and dry and then fight with duvet cover putting it back on.
theveebee
29th Jan 2018
1
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It is a workout though as my bed is Queen size and I do not have the strength/stamina I once had. I change pillow slips more often. When I was a child the top sheet became the bottom and a fresh sheet became the top, that was before fitted sheets.
Helen Highwater
29th Jan 2018
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Not only do I wash bedclothes, I iron them too! A 60 degree wash and outside on the line whenever possible.

For me, one of the great joys of life is getting into a smooth, fresh, sweet-smelling bed at the end of a busy day, so I'm happy to take the time needed.
GailH18
29th Jan 2018
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More like 2 or 3 times a week.
ela7ne
29th Jan 2018
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Every week sometimes more in summer. They’re Egyptian cotton so I iron them too. I love everything fresh sheets.
JudithB59
29th Jan 2018
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I have Egyptian cotton bed linen, I wash them every week at 60 deg and dry outside whenever possible. This keeps the bugs at bay.
EileenD4
29th Jan 2018
2
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Once a fortnight. We shower or take a bath daily so feel this is adequate.
Judianne
29th Jan 2018
1
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In the days of sheets and blankets, my Mum used to take bottom sheet off and put top sheet to the bottom, clean top sheet.
ArtyChris
29th Jan 2018
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I always did that when my kiddies were young, I didn’t have a washing machine so spent part of my meagre housekeeping on having my pure cotton sheets laundered by a company that collected and delivered back once a fortnight.
Betty Edwards
29th Jan 2018
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I always wash my sheets weekly, stripping the beds on a Sunday. They go in a 60deg wash which I've always understood to kill any bacteria. I never iron them these days though. I always remember being at an Aunts years ago and watching her fold and turn her sheets on the line whilst they dried. They ended up pretty crease free and then she put them away. I do like to put mine out on the line weather permitting as they have a lovely fresh smell then.
NorfolkBroad
29th Jan 2018
4
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I live alone and change my whole bedding - bottom fitted sheet, top sheet, duvet cover, four pillowcases - every 2 weeks. As I shower daily I feel that is quite sufficient.
ValS72
9th Feb 2018
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I also live alone and change mine every fortnight .Hate the wrestle with Duvet .
SueC62
26th Jan 2018
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Because I'm often away overnight, either work or spending the weekend with friends, my bedding washing frequency is based on the number of nights I've slept in the bed but equates to about a week. If I've been ill then I'll change the bedding as soon as I feel I've recovered and have a shower so bed and me are nice and clean.
PaulineB14
26th Jan 2018
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I have always tried to wash sheets weekly.
When the children were young it was alternate weeks.
I like and enjoy clean bedding.
These days I don't iron the bedding or much else!!
Jinty16
26th Jan 2018
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I have always washed my bed sheets once a week and during the summer sometime more than that. There is nothing nicer than getting into a bed with newly washed sheets, hmmmm lovely.
marionscott
22nd Jan 2018
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i wash all bedlinen weekly
Mw16caravanpark
22nd Jan 2018
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Well I often hover my bed to keep out bed bugs in hot weather and I sweat they need changing more often If there was 2 of you in the bed then need changing quite often but in the winter on my own I do it when I think they need it
Blondie B
22nd Jan 2018
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I do wash them once a week in the summer months ...but less frequently in winter...X
GillianE3
22nd Jan 2018
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Always changed bed linen on Sunday as did my mother even though she had 9 of us.
Always on a Monday all day washing and ironing so do the same.
Do my laundry on a Monday as a widow now.
Ibby58
21st Jan 2018
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Weekly and do iron duvet cover and pillow slips
Alicia
21st Jan 2018
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Every week as I am very fussy !
ElainePeony
21st Jan 2018
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It's not about the frequency, it's about the quality...of the bedding and the washing process..

Since the modern washing machines take forever to do even a cold wash there are ways to wash bedding more efficiently and less often. Use Egyptian cotton under sheet 400 thread to the inch, likewise top sheet. Put duvet in Percale ...very dense weave..cover with lavender impregnated wipes, both sides.
Rotate pillows over and under and left to right weekly...renew reuse lavender wipes.
Wash top and bottom sheets and pillow cases on a 60+ wash every month and use napisan or dettol anti bac liquid (expensive but very good) in the wash...put wash on a cycle that has an extra rinse, and use fabric softener, in a hard water area, this gets rid of foam, dry in a tumble drier on hottest setting.
Wash duvet cover every 3 months, like wise all pillow protectors, mattress protectors,on hottest wash bio liquid + napisan, turn and or flip mattress after vacuuming with a good strong one. Take care around those little felt button bits!
Of course, if you have pets that sleep with you none of the above applies! You must decide yourselves on what makes you happy!
jeanmark
21st Jan 2018
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Sorry, but I'm not sure Egyptian cotton sheets reduce the number of skin scales shed, as these differ between individuals. Their build up is well recognised as leading to dust mites and unwanted bacteria, the whole purpose of washing sheets on a regular basis. The duvet cover is also exposed to the same problem with shedding. What research are you aware of that proves you theory?
Bald123
21st Jan 2018
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As often as my wife cleans them-who knows the answer to that one.

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