How often should you change your bed sheets?

CHANGING your bed sheets makes your bed feel fresher than ever and is important to maintain your cleanliness too.

However, some do wonder how often they should change their bedding and here we tell you all you need to know.

You should change your sheets every week


You should change your sheets every weekCredit: Getty

How often should you change your bed sheets?

Your bed sheets should be changed once a week, every two weeks at most.

However, some people, those who have pets in particular, need to wash their sheets more than that.

These people should wash bed sheets every three to four days, especially if they suffer from conditions such as asthma or allergies.

This might help to make any symptoms read.

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During the summer, it is also recommended that sheets are washed at this rate because of the sweat that piles up in them.

Why is it important to wash your sheets?

It is important to wash your sheets because of any dusts that might pile up during the day on them, and also because of the sweat, body oils and dead skin cells that your body releases while you’re sleeping.

Psychologist Dr Lindsay Browning Radio 1 Newsbeat: “Sweat goes into the sheets told making them not only smell disgusting but also become quite clogged up.

“If you don’t wash your bedsheets enough, your dead skin cells are going to build up in these sheets.

“You won’t only be sleeping in the yuckiness of the sweat and dead skin cells, but the mites too.”

How to wash bed sheets

Dr Browning said that once a week “would be ideal” while ” we can be slightly more forgiving in the winter months.”

If you’re edging over two weeks then “you’re getting into not so great territory.”

Despite it being winter, it doesn’t mean that our body doesn’t release sweat and dead skin cells as Dr Browning explained: “And you’re still going to bed with slightly dirty hands, the same breath coming out of your mouth.

“It’s really important to wash your sheets regularly because you’ll get those allergens in the bed, which will cause to have that congestion.”

And here we show you how to wash your sheets and make sure that you’re following Dr Browning’s advice.

To wash your sheets:

  1. Make sure that you read the product label to see whether there are any specific instructions.
  2. Wash it with the hottest water that the label limits you to. Cotton can handle hot water normally while some other materials such as polyester can handle warm water.
  3. Wash your sheets in a washing machine with detergent.
  4. You can rinse the sheets for a second time after the first wash, especially if you have sensitive skin, to remove any excess detergent.
  5. Tumble dry them on low and hang them to dry.

What about other bedding?

When washing your bed sheets, remember to also wash your pillowcases, duvet covers, comforters, blankets and pillows if washable.

Here is a guide on how to wash these too.

pillow cases

Ideally, you wash the pillowcases along with your bed sheets every once a week.

To wash pillowcases simply just put them in your washing machine on a normal or casual cycle in warm or hot water, depending on the instructions given on the label.

Make sure to add detergent and wash away.

You can wash the pillowcases together with your bed sheets in one wash.

If you both them in a pack together, then they were probably made from the same material and have the same washing instructions.

Duvet covers

You should wash your duvet covers once every two weeks, a month the latest.

Check the label on the covers to reassure yourself what heat levels they can stand.

Add some detergent in the washing machine, and wash you covers accordingly.


It’s best to wash your comforters once every two to three months.

Washing a comforter is similar, but you’ll probably have to wash this alone.

Add the detergent and wash in cold or warm water, depends on the heat that your comforter can handle.

You should find this on the label attached to it.

Rinse your comforter without any detergent for a second time, to remove any excess soap which it might have had stuck to it.


Blankets should be washed once every two to three months too.

These can be annoying because if you wash them the wrong way, they might have their fluff and softness removed.

If you have a fleece blanket, wash it with a gentle cycle and cold water separately.

Do not use too much soap or else it will stick to the fleece fibers and remove the softness of your blanket.

As for weighted blankets, check with their label first to see how’s best to wash them.

It should indicate the heat level it can stand, and the same goes, do not use too much soap.

Using a lot of soap will not make your blankets any cleaner.

If you have an electric blanket, check the label to make sure that it is washable and once you’ve done that unplug from all its chords to ensure safety.

Wash it with the gentlest cycle on your machine and with cool water and detergent, and after give it a rinse cycle too.

When washing a wool or faux-fur blanket, first check the label to make sure that they are not dry-clean only.

Faux-fur blankets tend to be like that.

Wool on the other hand might be good to put in the washing machine.

If so, let it soak in water and detergent for 15 minutes in the washing machine and then give it a gentle cycle for about two minutes before giving it a rinse cycle.


If your pillows are washable, then wash them once every four to six months.

Cotton, down or synthetic pillows are normally washable.

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Read the instructions that you get on the label and if they are, you can wash them together in the washing machine.

If they are not washable, we suggest either vacuuming both sides of the pillows to remove any dusts or else put them in the tumble dryer for 20 minutes on a no-heat or no-air cycle.

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