Think you are sleeping alone? Think again! You’d be surprised at all of the living things you are snuggling up with at night! According to Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center “most people wash their sheets once a week, but many others go 3 weeks to a month without washing their sheets.”
Dr. Tierno says that once a week is the most reasonable, as your body will thank you later. Breathing in the dirt and micro debris held inside your sheets is bad for your health. Your skin cells that you leave in your bed, become a meal for mites. These mites accumulate quickly over a short period of time, and not only is their presence unhealthy and disturbing, but their feces that they leave embedded in your bedding is even more frightening. And thats not all, animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions and bacteria, dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand, and cosmetics are all things you can find in your dirty bed.
As far as your health is concerned, mostly your respiratory is at risk, as well as your skin. People with allergies and asthma are especially at risk, but what you may not have known is sleeping in dirty sheets can cause you to develop allergies. The ideal way to wash your sheets is to use the hot cycle (130-150 degree water) coupled with a germicidal detergent like bleach or non-bleach bleach.
Another thing to consider is keeping a mattress cover over your bed. This will keep your mattress from becoming an overgrown petri-dish. If you don’t know what this is google you are sure to be grossed out!