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How Often Should You Change Your Linen/How Do You Do It?
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We all have our own way of doing things and that is as it should be. But lately, I’ve been curious about those things that we do naturally, or shall I say out of habit or upbringing. Today’s subject is one of those things. So my question to you is, How Often Should You Change Your Linen/How Do You Do It?
It would not be fair if I did not give you a little insight into my personal habits. In my mom’s house, we had to make the bed every morning, and once I was old enough, I knew that when I got out of bed on Saturday mornings, I did not make my bed, I removed my linen because my mom was going to launder them. That was just what went on in our household.
Also, if one of us were sick, my mom would also change the linen once what she called, the fever broke. You know what I’m talking about. When you are getting better, and you wake up soaking wet because your fever is gone but your pajamas and the bed are soaked with sweat. Well, I have been up changing my jammies while my mom changed my linen in the middle of the night. Moms are so great!
I often wonder how our moms knew all that stuff. After all, they did not google it. They did not read books about maintaining a home. They did, what a lot of my generation does and that is, they did what their moms did.
So, I do the same, I change our linen once a week and even more if one of us is sick. We do not have pets and our grands are too old to sleep, with us anymore, so it is just us in our bed and once a week suffices…most of the time. If asked, How Often Should You Change Your Linen/How Do You Do It? My response is, I do what my mom did, and it works for us.
What Research Shows:
I try to never come to you with just my opinion. Therefore, I checked with the Sleep Foundation to see what they thought. And you may be surprised, but I was not, they agreed with my mom. Here is what Daniel Noyed, Certified Sleep Coach, had to say.
“Each and every week, most of us spend approximately 49 to 60+ hours sleeping in our beds. That’s a lot of time to get the rest our bodies need to thrive, but it’s also ample time to build up dirt, sweat, oil, and other gunk on our sheets and bedding.
Proper hygiene is important in all areas of life. When it comes to our bedding, it’s perhaps more important than you might think. Without regular cleaning, dirty sheets can contribute to allergies, skin breakouts, asthma, and more.” Mr. Noyed went further to say that “Most people should wash their sheets once per week. He also suggested that if you have animals and they sleep in your bed, you should change your linen more often”. After all, think about it, your pet goes outside to use the bathroom, has dander, sheds, and unless you are one of those fur baby parents, that wipes their butt and paws comes back with stuff we really do not want to think about in our beds”.
The Sleep Foundation goes further to say it is important to wash your sheets because your sheets can accumulate significant amounts of:
- Dead skin cells
- Body oils
- Dust mites, including their carcasses and fecal matter
Do You Wanna Know More About Dust Mites?
Let me warn you, it is pretty gross but here we go. Once again, according to the sleep foundation:
“Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are very common in most households. They do not bite, but they can lead to skin rashes and irritation and may worsen allergy symptoms for many people.
Dust mites can reproduce at prolific rates and can live solely off of dead skin cells. At any given time, there can be tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of dust mites living in your mattress and bedding. Even if you’re not allergic to dust mites, you probably don’t want to be sharing your bed with thousands of them. Washing sheets regularly can help.”
Gross right? It makes me feel like I have little bugs crawling around in my bed. Yuck! After reading this, I am not sure that once a week is enough.”
How To Wash Your Bed Sheets:
Now that we know that sheets should be washed “at least” once a week, how should we wash them?
I realize that the new rule is to wash most clothes in cold water and towels and sheets in warm. Nope, I am not buying that.
- I will advise you to read your labels because nowadays all bed linen is not made of cotton, and many spend a lot of money on bamboo sheets or other specialty fabrics.
- As for me and my house, I wash my sheets and my towels in hot water and rinse in warm. (ole skool it may be)
Other Ways To Keep Your Bed Clean:
- I have gone from buying comforters to buying duvet covers. They are easier to wash in my washer at home and I can wash them every two weeks or so.
- I have the comforters that I do use dry cleaned once every 6 months to a year, but I do not use them as cover-ups.
- I have lots of pillowcases and I change my pillowcases on Saturday when I change the linen and again around Wednesday or Thursday.
Just curious, do you agree with me and the sleep foundation or do you have a different take? Does your furbaby sleep with you? How Often Should You Change Your Linen/How Do You Do It? Let me know in the comments how you feel about it.
I am trying not to be old and set in my ways, but I am my mother’s daughter. How about you? How do you do it?
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