Many of us don’t change our sheets as often as we should (disgusting!), and experts at Reviewed have now enacted the Sheet Washing Act that can even improve sleep quality
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Washing your linens is one of those chores you would never enjoy, isn’t it? Fresh linens are fun, but washing your old ones certainly isn’t.
However, it is a task that we and the experts at it must do Checked have provided practical guidance on what we should be doing and why – because sometimes we need a gentle nudge in the right direction.
The biggest faux pas many of us commit is putting our linens on for longer than a week, as they warn this causes us to “sleep while surrounded by body oils, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dust mites.”
Now that doesn’t sound like our idea of a good time.
Keeping your bed clean and hygienic can counteract germs and allergens and has even been found to help you sleep better and better quality sleep is something we all need.
Here are the life-changing tips that will keep your bedding looking perfect and help you sleep a lot better.
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The right way to wash your linens every week
1) Always read the label carefully as not all bedding is the same. Different fabrics require different treatments, so make sure you always use the best specific method to get the best results
2) Pre-treat any stains before putting the sheets in the wash
3) Follow the correct cycle and water temperature as indicated on the care labels. These can also be adjusted depending on how dirty the litter is. Washing in colder water causes less wear and keeps them in better condition, but higher temperatures do a better job of deep cleaning and removing body oils when needed
4) Do not overfill the washing machine as the sheets need room to move in the drum to allow them to get clean
5) Avoid using tumble dryer sheets as they can make fabrics less absorbent. Instead, use dryer balls, which “bounce around inside the drum and prevent the load from twisting and bunching up,” which gives better results
6) If possible, hang your sheets on an outdoor clothesline as this gives the bedding “an incredibly fresh smell and is sanitized by the sunlight”.
7) Ironing bed sheets from time to time can help kill any germs or mites that may have made it through the wash cycle
When it comes to your duvet, it doesn’t need to be washed as often as your sheets, but it’s always good to give it a deep clean every once in a while.
It used to be recommended to wash your comforter every two or three months or at least twice a year to stop a bed mite infestation – ew.
Pillows should be washed at the same time, and the mattress itself should be cleaned once a year.
Do you have your own cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/experts-share-mistake-make-washing-27081043 Experts share the mistake we all make when washing our linens — and it's pretty grim