5 Reasons You Should Wash Your Sheets Weekly


I’m sure there are those people out there who enjoy doing laundry for whatever reason but unfortunately, I am not one of them. I hate doing laundry. The last thing I want to do when I have free time is clean (sorry, roomies) and as long as I have other clothes to wear, what’s the sense in doing the wash until I absolutely have to, right?

Well… half right. With the amount of clothes I hoard, I could technically go a full month before dragging my hamper downstairs and putting those puppies on ultra clean. But, because I refuse to wait that long to do my bedding, I pinky swear I end up doing my laundry more often than that (as tedious as it may be). This, apparently, means I’m doing something right!

While Good Housekeeping states that your blankets and sheets should be washed at least every other week, other places, like Yahoo! Beauty, recommend that you wash your bedding once a week in order to get rid of some of the gross things in which you might be rolling around.

According to SymptomFind, despite how clean you may be (or think you are) when you get into your bed, there are plenty of things that happen in the middle of the night that you don’t know about (ok, creepy). “Your body sheds about a million skin cells a day, so some of those are bound to come off when you sleep [and] unfortunately, dead skin cells are a tasty snack for dust mites.” Yikes.

In addition to literal skin cells and dust in your bed, your body secretes natural oils, sweat, and bodily fluids that do not magically stop forming when you’re sleeping. These bodily fluids can range from saliva or blood to urine and poo particles (not to mention sexual fluids) that, although they cannot be seen, need to be taken care of ASAP.

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Taylor Mead

Taylor is a soon-to-be graduate of Fordham University where she studies Communication & Media Studies, with a focus in Journalism and a Spanish minor. Currently working as a Digital Editorial Intern at ELLE, she hopes to continue writing for a publication dedicated to women after graduation. When she's not writing or doing schoolwork, Taylor is most likely eating, napping, watching Food Network, or planning fun events for Spire Fordham's members with the rest of the Executive Board.

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