So I have this friend, who is remaining nameless (although, I’m sure the second she sees this she will be calling!) who I always seem to have the conversation of “How often do you wash your sheets? Your towels? Your pillows?” In fact, we’ve even opened it up on Facebook before asking for everyone how their household runs! But today, I’m sharing the truth. The hows and the whys…..the truth about your laundry!
How often do you wash your sheets?
Let’s start with your sheets, which is how this whole post came about! You should wash your sheets once a week (and possibly twice a week), especially if any of the following are true:
- If someone in the family is sick.
- If you shower in the morning.
- In the summertime during very hot nights.
- If your pets sleep in bed with you.
Why should you wash your sheets once a week?
Dirt, sweat, and dust mites. Oh my. Most people shower in the morning. So all day long, your skin is producing oil, you sweat, and even if you can’t see it, you collect germs and dirt. Then, you climb into bed and curl up, pulling those covers close. Beds and pillows are dust mites dream. It’s so important to have mattress protector and pillow protective covers on. They aren’t expensive and help to not only protect your bedding, keep things clean but also can majorly cut down on allergens.
How should you wash your sheets and bedding?
Here are some tips on washing your sheets and bedding.
- Wash in hot water. Hot water will kill any dust mites (gross, I know!) This is so important if you suffer from allergies.
- You can sanitize your down comforter and pillows by throwing them in the dryer. You can do this once a week and is a good alternative to washing.
How often should you wash your pillows?
Pillows are easy to clean and should be washed twice a year. You should never, ever use your pillow without a pillow protector on. Whether you want to admit it or not, you drool (sorry), hair sheds, and both your hair and face produce oil. Clean pillows and pillow cases can also help keep your skin clear. An awesome added bonus if you ask me.
How do you wash pillows?
Washing pillows is super easy. Just put in your washer in hot water. When drying, add a few tennis balls. Just be sure that the pillows are 100% dry before putting the protector sheet and pillow case on. If you have down feathers, check your label. You may have to take them to the dry cleaners.
How often should you wash your hand towels?
Confession. I hate hand towels. I’m forever going into the bathroom to fix how they hang. And you have to wash them. Quite a bit. Every 2-3 days. <— YES. Why? Well they are usually hung in high traffic areas. I remember in my first apartment there was a towel bar above the toilet. And it completely grossed me out. While we haven’t run into that problem since, the towel bar isn’t usually far from the toilet. Toilet aside, the hand towels in our home aren’t just for drying hands. They get used for drying off faces and in my son’s case, wiping off the excess toothpaste off his mouth too. And I’ve gone to dry my hands and gotten a glob of toothpaste. No one wants that! Toss in the wash and replace.
How often should you wash your bath towels?
You shower to remove dirt and grime, but you also loosen up lots of dead skin and hair in the process. Lots of that gets caught in your towel while you dry off. So while your body is now clean, your towel isn’t. The next time you dry off, you are rubbing all of that back onto your just cleaned body. Plus, towels get stinky fast. You should wash your towels after 3-4 uses. If you have a particularly dirty job or the kids have a super messy day, wash your towels more often.
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