It is said that an average person spends about 25 years of their life sleeping. But we spend even more time in bed as sleep is not the only activity happening there. And although fun, some of those activities can be quite messy (oh, stop it, we are talking about eating pizza in bed!).
So no wonder our sheets get stained and visibly dirty. However, sometimes we don’t see what is happening in our bedding with our bare eyes. Just a few days after you change the bed linen, your sheets start to build up dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and even dust mites. Isn’t the most pretty news, right? Even though most of the stuff building up in the sheets comes from our own body (except for the mites), all of it (including the mites) can lead to skin irritations and allergies. This, consequently, leads to skin problems and disturbed sleep.
So if you are not fond of rolling around in your own dirt and sharing your bed with dust mites, proper bedding hygiene is essential. And if so far changing and washing your bedding seemed like a time and energy-consuming chore, we hope the abovementioned information will help you change your attitude. Think of bedding hygiene as a pleasant ritual, that benefits your health, sleep quality and keeps your thoughts away from dust mites.
To help you figure out where to start, here are some tips on how often different parts of your bedding should be washed.
The rule is simple with bed linen - wash it as often as you can. It is best to change and wash it every week or at least once every two weeks. This is the part of bedding that requires the most maintenance as it is in direct contact with our bodies. So the easiest way to follow this rule is to have several bedding sets and always change bed linen on the same day of the week so that you form a habit and remember when you last changed it.
It is advisable to wash the duvet cover at least every six months so at least twice a year. Most duvet covers are machine-washable but check the washing instructions to be sure. If you are washing your duvet cover at home, the most important thing is to make sure it dries as fast as possible. Any moisture held up inside longer might lead to mold formation, foul smell, and you throwing the duvet away.
Pillows should be washed at least twice a year, but we highly suggest doing that every three months. The dirt, oils, mites, and fungi built up inside your pillow can lead to skin irritations and other health concerns. Frankly, even the mere thought of something like that touching our face can be unsettling, don’t you think? Just like with duvet covers, do not forget to check washing instructions and wash your pillows accordingly to preserve the quality. Make sure they dry out as fast as possible, to avoid mold formation.
Following these instructions are not difficult but will surely benefit your health and sleep quality.
Also, if you are a proud owner of linen bedding, check our instructions on caring for your 100% linen bedding to make it last for years to come.