Tips from a laundry service: How often should you wash your sheets?
Updated: With growing concerns about the potential spread of viruses, be ensured that the laundering process eliminates bacteria on your linens. As the case with other viruses, laundering in hot water, 160 degrees F, and chlorine bleach is a very effective method for sanitizing linens. The CDC states that laundering with detergent alone is also an effective method. And, the recommendation on weekly laundering below may need to be increased during this particular outbreak.
Well, we have bad news for you. If you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably time to wash your sheets. While there’s a chance you’ve just washed your sheets and are about to get that ever-so-rewarding first night in new sheets feeling, it’s more likely that you’re hoping to delay the inevitable.
How often should you wash your sheets? You should wash your sheets once a week.
It’s not a set-in-stone rule but it’s a quick fix to prevent yourself from building up levels of sheet contamination that would make even the heaviest sleepers toss and turn.
That’s just a general number, though. There are plenty of factors that determine if you should wash your sheets more often than once a week based on your lifestyle.
How often should you wash your sheets?
- Do you wear pajamas to bed? They can trap some of your dead skin cells so they don’t wind up on your sheets.
- Do you shower before bed? That gets rid of some of those dead cells, too.
- Do any pets sleep with you?
- Do you move around a lot in your sleep? If you don’t toss and turn much, you’re less likely to shed skin.
- Do you eat food or work in bed?
- Do you have skin issues such as acne, dandruff, or eczema?
- Do you make your bed daily? Making your bed can help extend the use of your clean sheets.
Whether it’s dead skin cells, bodily oils, sweat, or dust, there are plenty of reasons to wash your sheets more often. We asked some of our frequent customers how they handle sheets in their delivery laundry service rotation with The Folde.
“My work clothes get dry cleaned every other week. When I order a dry cleaning pickup from The Folde, I usually add Standard Bag to help me catch up on random laundry – mostly sheets & towels that I don’t want sitting in my hamper until I get around to washing it myself. ” – Matt A, avg. 1-2 bags per month.
“I keep three sets of sheets and towels for each bedroom and bathroom. When I’m on my last batch, I’ll schedule an order to restock my sheet & towel inventory at the house. I’d like to think it’s once a season but it’s probably closer to once every six-months. Oops! Maybe I need to wash our sheets more!” – Tina W, avg. 4-5 bags per year.
“It’s easy to top off every order I send to The Folde with my sheets and pillowcases. Since the price doesn’t change, I just stuff them in the bag. Sometimes that means the bag doesn’t even close all the way. But, I really like my sheets clean!” – Sheridan C, avg. 2 bags per month.
The Folde offers flat-rate pricing on all wash & fold orders – delivered straight to your door. If washing your sheets frequently is something you’re interested in but have been putting off, try it out! And, get ready for that first night in new sheets feeling!