My daughter recently had a discussion with her friends on how often you should put clean sheets on your bed.
Some said weekly. Others said twice a month. One said she did it every so often.
My daughter suggested I blog about it.
A poll on mothering.com reported 227 readers washed their sheets as follows: weekly, 32 percent; twice a month, 30 percent; monthly, 29 percent; and other, 9 percent.
Washing your sheets once a week is good, recommends Bedding Care.com. Having a few different sets that you rotate is helpful. If you wash a set of sheets once a month, and use others the rest of the month, they last longer because the fabric has a chance to rest.
Microbiologist Zehava Eichenbaum, associate professor at Georgia State University, said a normal family should change sheets once a week. Eichenbaum did tests in an Atlanta, Ga., home for the CNN article “How to Germ-Proof Your Home, Without Going Overboard."
If anyone in the family has allergies, wash your sheets at least once a week. Family Doctor.org recommends using 130-degree to 140-degree water to get rid of dust mites.
If you sleep in the nude, you should change your sheets twice a week, recommends Michael Breus, Ph.D., sleep specialist, in the WebMD video “How Often to Change Your Bed Sheets." Breus also suggests buying two mattress pads and washing one of them weekly, too.
If someone in the family has H1N1 flu, referred to as “swine flu” when it first appeared, people should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves, the Centers for Disease Control recommends. They should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.
This recommendation also should be followed if anyone in the family has Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, local health departments recommend.
In an article, “How to Treat Your Sheets,” Bedding Care.com recommends using only non-chlorine bleach on colored sheets, and bleaching white sheets only when strictly necessary as bleach weakens fibers.
A natural way to brighten whites is by adding ¼ cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle, washing in warm water, then tumble-drying or sun drying to increase the effect.
My next post will be on “How Often Should You Clean Your Refrigerator?”