How Often Do You Launder Your Towels and Bedding?
When it comes to washing the towels and sheets, most of us don’t follow the recommendations of specialists. Changing linens is still considered a chore, even though most households have a washing machine. But if you put this “chore” off for too much time, you expose yourself to certain health risks. The most common risks are viruses and infections. The bed is a great environment for bacteria, viruses, and fungi to develop. Besides this, dust mites love moist and which builds up very easily during our sleep. The same with the towels. You can always develop a skin infection if you are “too busy” to launder the towels as recommended. All these can be avoided if you regularly wash and change the sheets, the pillows, the towels, and so on. Now let’s see how often you should do this.
Bath towels are very pretentious. You may think they are always clean, but they are not. When we dry ourselves, the towels not only absorb water from our body but residual soap, dead skin cells, and even bacteria. If they are not aired out properly they develop germs that multiply and have a musty smell. Using a dirty towel can easily lead to skin infections.
Bath towels should be washed every 3 or 4 uses at 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius). As about hand and face towels, specialists recommend us to wash them every 2 days. Avoid washing them with any of your clothes. Instead, they can be washed with bed sheets. To make sure you kill off bacteria and germs, sanitize them with an iron or a steamer.
Never share the same towel with a family member that has a skin infection. At some point, after a year or so, towels should be replaced. Even if you wash them regularly, they become less efficient in absorbing moisture. For long-lasting towels, you can opt for those that contain bamboo fabric. These towels are very soft and absorbent. They are up to 4 times more absorbent than cotton towels. They dry faster and they are eco-friendly.
We sleep at least 7 or 8 hours a night. When we sleep, our body sweats and our skin sheds. Although it doesn’t seem so, we sweat a lot and we shed approximately an ounce of skin every week. Therefore, the bed can easily turn into the ideal environment for dust mites. Most beds contain millions of mites. For allergic persons, this can be a real danger and even if you don’t have allergies, you can develop them in time.
You should change your sheets once a week. The ideal washing temperature is 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) to kill dust mites and bacteria. However, laundry detergent may not kill all bacteria in the sheets, so after you wash them you may sanitize them. Steam or iron the sheets at a high temperature.
When you wake up in the morning, open the windows to let the fresh air in. This will help reduce moisture and kill bacteria and mites. In the summer, or when you are sick, the body sweats more, so you may consider changing bed linens more often. In case the bed sheets smell fresh, you may change them once every 10 day or 2 weeks.
When it comes to bed is not all about sheets. Pillows should also be kept clean. Even though you change linens regularly, pillows still accumulate sweat, dead, skin, and dust mites. Therefore, you expose yourself to all sorts of risks, including allergies or conjunctivitis. The same goes for the duvet.
Pillows and duvets should be washed at least 2 times a year, or even more often to keep them clean. No matter if they are made of synthetic materials or feathers, wash them according to the care label. Most of them can be washed in the washing machine, so there’s no effort on your part.
To keep pillows protected, get some pillowcases. You can wash the pillowcases with the bed linens or at least once at once a month. Air the pillow out as often as you can to reduce humidity and kill off mites.
Cleaning your towel and bedding should be a priority. No matter how busy you are, try to make a habit of changing and washing linens and towels. The best thing is that nowadays you don’t have to manually wash them. The washing machine will do it for you. Therefore, you will be able to keep your towels and bed sheets clean at all times. This is the best way to reduce the risks of developing infections and allergies. However, keep in mind that you also have to clean your washing machine. Mold and mildew can build up in the machine, so it’s recommended to clean it every 6 months. By following all these guidelines, you won’t have to worry about filthy sheets and towels as they will always be clean.