- If you have severe allergies, it may be advisable to change your sheets even more than once a week.
- Some people use their bed to eat in. Crumbs left in the bed may attract ants and cockroaches. If you spill food in your bed, change your sheets the same day.
- People who have night sweats or wet the bed, should have their sheets changed daily.
- Children who are teething should also have their sheets changed daily to prevent the dried saliva from causing skin irritation.
- If you are sick, the sheets should be changed twice a week and the pillowcase daily.
- Blankets and comforters should be washed every few weeks, as well.
If you are like me, changing your sheets is not your favorite chore! Have you ever wondered how often you actually should change your sheets? The best rule of thumb is to change your sheets weekly. Every time you sleep you shed dead skin cells, hair and bodily fluids. This can cause bad odors, stickiness and a fertile breeding ground for bed bugs, fleas, dust mites and other parasites. Dust mites can cause allergies, so it’s best to keep your sheets clean. Wash your sheets in hot water to make sure that all the dead skin cells and dust mites are gone.
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If its been a while since you have washed your sheets, take a few minutes today to do it! If you would like to create a less cluttered, more healthy life, call today for a Free Discovery Session!
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.