Studies Reveal How Often You Should Be Washing Your Bed Sheets

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It’s no secret that every so often you should definitely throw your bed sheets in the wash and replace them with new, clean sheets. The main reason for this is that no one wants bed bugs and dirty sheets are the perfect place for harboring little critters like those.

Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and pathologist at the New York University School of Medicine, shared his insight on the truth about dirty bed sheets. He says, “You have spores of fungi, bacteria, animal dander, pollen, soil, lint, finishing agents of whatever the sheets are made from, colouring material, all sorts of excrements from the body including sweat, sputum, vaginal, and anal excretions, urine milieu, skin cells.” Yeah, pretty gross.

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A 2015 study that assessed the level of fungal contamination in bedding revealed between 4 and 17 different species of fungus. They conducted this study with feather and synthetic pillows from one and a half to twenty years old. Tierno says that the amount of bacteria and other types of debris that can accumulate in such a short time on our bedding should be a cause for concern when we leave our sheets for too long.

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