Okay, it’s time for everyone to be honest…how often do you wash your bed linens? It’s okay to tell us, no one is listening. Many people go through life focusing so much on its twists and turns that they often overlook everyday items. Everyone who has a bed uses it on a daily basis as sleep is mandatory to our lives. Even if you don’t get a full eight hours of sleep, you still spend countless hours in one space.
Now we don’t mean to freak anyone out, but we expose our sheets to countless amounts of sweat, oils (e.g. body lotions and natural oils), yucky dead skin cells and more. This also does not include outdoor elements people can bring into the bed when they don’t bathe prior to entering. Think about your exposed feet in sandals and how many unseen things you pick up outside.
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Grossed out? We haven’t even mentioned dust mites who just love our dead skin cells. Yuck! We have officially freaked ourselves out so let’s move on… According to DenverPost.com, 60% of Americans let two weeks (or more) go by before they change their bed sheets. This simply won’t do. SymptomFind.com along with other resources recommend you wash your sheets weekly (ideal). Here are some washing tips:
- Wash them in hot soapy water and let them dry completely in the dryer.
- Don’t wash them with clothes as it might damage the sheets or cause them to become fuzzy.
- For a natural way to brighten white sheets, add a quarter of a cup of lemon juice to the wash and wash with warm water.
- Use medium or low setting when washing or drying. High heat can cause the fibers to weaken, which can lead to rips and tears.
- Ball your sheets up when you put them in the washer. This will prevent them from stretching out and losing shape.