We are all guilty of putting off washing our bed sheets a little longer than we should – but just how long is too long when it comes to changing our linen?
A leading expert in the field of microbes – which include bacteria, fungi and viruses- has claimed we should be doing our laundry ‘at least’ once a week to stave off dead skin cells, unwanted bacteria and dust mites.
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.’
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How often do you wash your sheets? Paul Morris claims we should be doing our laundry ‘at least’ once a week to avoid dead skin cells, unwanted bacteria, dust mites and odour
Morris, who is the CEO of antibacterial additives firm Addmaster, added: ‘By law, hospitals have to wash laundry above 70°C to effectively kill bacteria.
‘Yet, in the home, we are urged to save energy and many households now wash at 30°C to 40°C.’
He added that homeowners should aim to wash more frequently, either using high temperatures or ‘more economically’ using an antibacterial fluid.
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 expert claims that Brits should aim to wash more frequently, either using high temperatures or ‘more economically’ using an antibacterial fluid
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.
Jonathan Warren, director at Time 4 Sleep, added: ‘It was really interesting to find out about the UK’s sheet changing habits and how we feel about this particular task.
‘Changing the bed is definitely one of the more annoying domestic duties but we’re hoping that our competition will inspire people to share unusual and interesting tips and techniques, to make the task a bit more fun for everyone.’