Okay let’s be honest; if you asks most people how often they wash their bedsheets you’d probably get a variety of answers. Some people stick to once a week, some say every two weeks, and then there are those who believe once a month is just fine.
Well because of COVID-19 experts say there should be a new rule when it comes to washing our bedding.
“When you get into bed, you contaminate your bed linens with dead skin cells (about 50 million per day), sweat, makeup, lotions, hair and anything else you’ve picked up during the day, from pollen and pet dander to fungal mold and dirt particles, to bacteria and viral particles as well,” New York City-based dermatologist Hadley King told HuffPost.
Board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner says,
“I generally recommend that sheets and pillowcases be washed once per week. In the event that there is heavy sweating, they should be washed more frequently. If you have oily skin and frequent breakouts, use leave-on acne medications before bed or don’t always wash your face at night, then you certainly can wash pillowcases more than once per week to be safe. Since duvet covers usually do not directly touch the skin, but rather sit on top of your sheets, they can be washed less frequently, perhaps every other week.”
American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing sheets once per week, and changing pillow cases two to three times per week.