You love your bed; it’s warm, comfortable and there is nothing better than relaxing with a cup of hot coffee watching tv under the duvet on a Saturday morning.
However, your bed is much, much more disgusting than you imagine – in fact, it’s a mass of fungi, bacteria, soil, sweat, sputum and skin, with humans shedding, on average, 10g of skin per day.
Oh my lord!
On top of that, your bed is drowning in the 100 litres of sweat you produce every year – and all those snacks you ate in bed – means your bed is a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria.
With this in mind, we want to know how often we need to be washing our sheets in order to keep them as clean as possible.
We know how much of a pain in the butt washing your sheets can be, but turns out that skimping on the number of times you wash your sheets isn’t just dirty, it can be dangerous.
Why is it dangerous?
Our source at Metro reveal: “The bacteria and fungi living in your bed mean that you can catch athlete’s foot easily off a partner – and if one of you is ill, you may well catch viruses such as colds off the sheets.
”Dr Ackerley says, ‘Think of all the things you do in bed. Apart from being the place where we go to sleep, it can double up as the home office, the tea room, the dining table or even your dog or cat’s bed.
If you don’t wear nightwear, your bed can get pretty filthy and may actually be causing your body harm.
You should always vacuum regularly around the bed, and wash your bedding at high temperatures – or, if you’re washing at low temperatures, use a laundry cleanser.
The expert also says families should wash their nightwear regularly – every three days – and wash bedding once a week, which is high maintenance, I know.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, Hygiene Doctor and Dettol Expert, says, ‘First, get rid of the dust! Vacuum the room and around and under the bed, and the mattress and send your duvet off to be cleaned. Wash pillows if they can be washed and tumble dry to stop clumping – or send them off to the laundry as well.
Use pillow protectors on your nice clean (or new) pillows and a mattress protector – you can wash these easily. Spray the mattress with Dettol all in one Disinfectant Spray when having a spring or autumn clean, and destroy any nasty germs and bugs that may be lurking there.
Wash bedding at above 60°C if you can, or even higher – I have white cotton and go to 90°C. This blitzes everything – but if you have more delicate fabrics, then wash at a lower temperature but always use a laundry cleanser. Remember bacteria grow best at body temperature, so a 30-40 degree wash isn’t going to do the job without a laundry cleanser.”