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?

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