Experts share most hygienic way to dry bed sheets

An expert has shared the most hygienic way to dry your bedding, duvets and mattress protectors.

We all love the feeling of getting into freshly washed and clean smelling sheets. As a general rule, most people should be washing their bedding covers once a week – that’s bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers – at 60 degrees for most fabrics, which? reports.

One thing not commonly spoken about is the best and most hygienic way of drying your bedding.

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Which? says people should try to dry their bedding, duvets and mattress protectors outside, especially with summer around the corner. Driying bedding in UV light (the sunlight) will help kill any micro-organisms living on your sheets.

If you have limited or no outdoor space, there are other drying options you can try. The most important thing is to make sure all parts of your bedding are completely dry before remaking your bed, as dampness and moisture can lead to nasty bacterial build-up and mould.

It’s also important to make sure you are cleaning your sheets properly, which sleep expert April Mayer from Amerisleep telling the ECHO leaving your sheets too long could make you ill.

Ms Myer said: “The typical adult sheds 1.5 grams of dry skin a day, and with a large amount of time spent in bed, a high amount is found in the bedsheets. These skin flakes attract dust mites, one of the most common causes of asthma and allergies, including coughing, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy mouth, eyes, nose, or skin.

“Dust mites have an ideal temperature of 15-21 o C, which is also the recommended temperature for getting sleep. This makes bedsheets an excellent habitat for dust mites to live due to the perfect temperature and high supply of dead skin flakes.

“Regularly cleaning your bedsheets eradicates dust mites and prevents the build-up of dead skin.”

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