Just how dirty are YOUR bedsheets?
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 specializing 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.’
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.
Homeowners should aim to wash more frequently, either using high temperatures or ‘more economically’ using a probiotic laundry Liquid such as Probisana. You can also spray your mattress with with StaBiotics Mist from AirbioticsNZ; this probiotic spray uses the power of beneficial bacteria to neutralise the bacteria that feed on dead skin cells and dust mite droppings.
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.
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.’