How often should you wash your sheets? What about your towels? Bath mats? There isn’t an expiration date on your linens that you need to be watching out for, but it is beneficial to have a schedule for laundry! Whether it be to prevent smelly linens, to help clear up some acne, or simply to make sure you are living a clean life, you’ll want to ensure that you know when it is time to buckle down and do a load or two of laundry.
How Often Do I Wash Bed Sheets?
One of the most common questions that we receive in eLuxury Customer Service is: How often should you wash your sheets? The most optimal washing schedule would be once a week, with the maximum time between washings being about 2 weeks. When you sleep, you are depositing sweat and dead skin cells on to your sheets, which is pretty gross! This can cause issues with acne, especially if you have sensitive skin. Many people wash their pillowcases more frequently than their sheets. If they only wash their sheets every other week, they will wash their pillowcases weekly. Faces can be very oily and this buildup on your pillow will clog pores faster than the rest of your body.
Wash Those Bath Towels Often!
How often should you wash your bath towels? That’s a little more tricky. If you wash your towels once a week, you’re not washing them frequently enough! Experts recommend washing your towels every 3-4 uses. When you shower, you are washing away dirt and bacteria that has formed on your skin.
Unfortunately, not all of that bacteria is washed away during the shower. Much of it is deposited on your towel when you dry off post-shower. Bacteria really enjoys dark and moist climates to grow and reproduce, so your steamy bathroom is a great environment for just that!
To minimize bacteria growth and the frequency of your towel washing days, hang it open on a rack to increase the surface area that air can easily get to.
How often should I wash bath mats? If you are only washing your bath mats every time you fully clean your bathroom, it is likely not enough. As with your bath towels, your bath mat collects bacteria from after your shower. However, as you are hopefully not rubbing your bath mat all over your body, it does not need to be cleaned as regularly as your bath towel. If you find that your bath mat is almost always damp, you may need to change your mat to a more breathable material, such as a cotton bath mat, to prevent any harmful bacteria growth.
One way to minimize the dampness on your bath mat is to dry off a bit in the actual shower before stepping out and let some of those drips go down the drain and not on to your bath mat!
Washing Hand Towels
One of the home products that you will want to wash most often is hand towels. It is recommended to wash your hand towels every 2-3 days. Hand towels are often used by multiple people, causing an increase in the amount and variety of bacteria that is on them. Hand towels are also often stored in the most germ friendly room in the house--the bathroom. You certainly don’t want to dirty your hands on a disgusting hand towel right after washing them! To combat having to do laundry every couple of days, it is most efficient to have a wide variety of hand towels that you can cycle through!
How to Wash Pillows
Since your pillowcases are washed regularly, you probably don’t need to wash your pillow as well, right? That is wrong! You will want to wash your pillow approximately once every six months. Even with the protection of a pillowcase, sweat and drool can permeate the case and get into the pillow. To minimize odor and bacteria, you’ll want to be sure to get your biannual pillow cleaning done!
Pillows can be difficult to clean, as you want to use little detergent and make sure the pillow is completely dry. Any moisture left in the pillow from the wash can cause bacteria growth and be harmful.
Comforters follow the same rules and need to be cleaned only twice a year, especially if they are protected by a duvet cover.
Wash Those Dusty Curtains!
A less considered housing item that needs to be laundered is curtains. While they don’t get the constant contact with us that our towels or sheets do, curtains are a magnet for dust. Dust allergies are very common and having extremely dusty curtains are a surefire way to aggravate them. Cleaning your curtains twice a year should be sufficient to help keep the dust at bay, but if you do have severe allergies, cleaning them quarterly may be needed. Unfortunately, curtains can be complicated to launder, so please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for that particular product. Your curtains may be able to be laundered at home, but many types may require professional dry cleaning.
It’s important to ensure that you are cleaning your bedding and home linens frequently enough, as many of them can harbor bacteria that can be harmful. Of course, these guidelines don’t have to be used as absolute rules, but to live a cleaner and healthier life, it is important to keep your living space clean!
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