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This Is Exactly How Often You Should Be Changing Your Bed Sheets

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This Is Exactly How Often You Should Be Changing Your Bed Sheets

Knowing how often you should be washing your bed sheets can be an absolute minefield...

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While some people leave three centuries between washes, others can't even get into bed without having a fresh set of sheets to dive into. It really is a debate which has been dividing people for years, and nobody can quite agree on the wash to use ratio.

Luckily, one microbiologist has now given a definitive answer on this most divisive of topics, and it looks like leaving too long between washes is just as disgusting as we first thought.

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According to Philip Tierno - a microbiologist from New York University - we should ideally be popping our sheets in the wash at least once a week.

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Credit: Pexels

And before you start thinking of cutting corners, I'll tell you now - just turning them over doesn't count.

Speaking to BuisnessInsider, Philip explained how our sheets can quickly become 'ideal fungal culture medium' that turns beds into a 'botanical park' for bacteria and fungus.

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While a little bit of bacteria won't harm you, it can quickly build up on sheets, and within a week could trigger allergic responses.

According to research, only 28% of UK residents change their bed sheets once a week. 40% of Brits opt to wash their bed linen once a fortnight, while 24% change it up every three to four weeks.

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Credit: Pexels

While that might turn your stomach a little bit, 22% of the people questioned believe there's nothing unhygienic about a monthly sheet wash.

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With that in mind, I think it's about time we all went to put a wash on, don't you?

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Topics: Sleep, UK

Rachel Pugh
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