MANY of us might not want to admit it, but we are all guilty of not changing our sheets as regularly as we should.
But how often exactly should we?
Well, a cleaning mad mom is here to crush the hassle.
Sharing with her TikTok followers, Becky explained that we should all change them at least once a week, especially for four specific reasons.
In the video, shared on her @clean_withbecky page, she said, “You should change your sheets at least once a week if you have allergies, sweat a lot, sleep naked or sleep with animals in bed.
“Husbands and children count as animals.”
And it certainly created a conversation in his comments section.
One wrote: “I change mine once or twice a month.”
While another replied: “It amazes me the people who [do] every fifteen days.
Another wrote: “Ok who has time to change it three times a week. Weekly is fine, sometimes I’m two weeks but NEVER longer than that, especially in the summer.”
While a fourth adds: “I say two to three times a week, I always do it, sometimes every day.”
New York University microbiologist Philip Tierno spoke to Business Insider about the dangers of not having linens laundered very regularly.
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‘Once a week’
Tierno said a week is the maximum time sheets should be left in before they’re tossed in the washing machine.
After a week, your bed becomes a breeding ground for germs and can become a “botanical park” for bacteria and fungi.
While many of us wouldn’t consider washing the sheets after a few days, apparently it’s better because it’s enough to trigger allergic reactions in those who sleep on them.
A survey by online bed retailer Time 4 Sleep found that only 28% of us Brits are clean queens who change sheets every week.
The largest percentage of people change their sheets fortnightly, with a respectable 40% doing so.
But 24% admitted to only washing theirs every three to four weeks.
And that leaves a mystery of 8%, which have not been mentioned, but we hope that we have never been in bed with these people.