Okay, confession time! How long have your bedsheets been on your bed for? If your answer is “too long” then you are not alone! As gorgeous as fresh, clean bedsheets feel, let’s be honest, it’s just a lot of work! When I think about sinking into clean bedding it makes me feel cozy and happy but then I remember the struggle of getting the bed sheet to cover all the corners of the mattress without popping off and suddenly I never want to change my bed again!
How often should you be changing your bedsheets though? A week? A fortnight? Two days? Who knows? Well, somebody out there does and their name is Phillip Tierno. Tierno is a microbiologist who has been studying exactly what goes on between your sheets… No, not THAT, you dirty minded people! I mean bacteria! He says there can be all sorts of creepy crawlies living in your bed with you and that’s why you should change your sheets every single week!
Apparently we spend a third of our lives in bed (more than that if you’re as lazy as I am) and can sweat up to 26 gallons in bed every year! This creates an ideal environment for fungus to thrive and some researchers have found 16 different types of fungus living in feathers from pillows! This fungus can come from skin cells, sweat, dust and even feces! That’s just gross!
What else do we use every day that should be getting a good wash more than it probably is? We’ve found the answers! Let’s start with UNDERWEAR! Apparently over a quarter of people only change their underwear every other day! Well, if you’re one of those people, I’m sorry but you’re wrong! You should wash your underwear after every single use, I don’t care how much you don’t want to do your laundry!
Now how about PAJAMAS? Studies say that on average, people aged between 18-30 only change their pajamas every 13-17 days! Well, if you’ve been paying attention to what we said about bedsheets, you can see where this is going! The bacteria from sweat and skin cells gets into your pajamas which means you should change them every two days or once a week at the very least.
Your clothes aren’t the only things that need a regular wash, DISHCLOTHS need a serious clean too! More than half of dishcloths tested by scientists contain E-coli and they can easily become contaminated with micro-organisms that lead to food-borne illnesses. You should change them every day and wash them separately from other towels, you wouldn’t want all of those germs getting onto your bath towels, would you?
When was the last time you changed your TOOTHBRUSH? Well if it’s more than three months old get down to the store and buy a new one right now! The average toothbrush contains around 10 million germs and these can include the flu virus and even Hepatitis C! Suddenly I want to use a new toothbrush every day!
How often do you change your bedsheets? Are you shocked about how often they should really be changed? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to tell your friends and family!