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Washing Your Sheets

Washing Your Sheets

Oct 8th 2018

We expect a lot of our bedding. Your bed is there with you for a substantial portion of your day, right up against your skin, soaking up all of your body's oil and sweat. With all of this time spent up close and personal with your pores, it’s likely that most people are not washing their sheets enough. In fact, Men’s Health noted that 55% of men between the ages of 18-25 only wash their sheets every three months. This needs to be addressed. While you may think that caring for your bedding is an optional task grudging addressed when there is a noticeable need for washing, you are wrong. Experts say you should regularly wash your bedding, and here’s why.

You need to battle dust mites. Unfortunately, most of us have a pretty common household invader. Dust mites are too small to see with your eye but they pack a big punch. They aggravate asthma, allergies, eczema and have been linked to multiple other health issues. Dust mites love temperatures of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly a cozy indoor temperature range we all set our thermostats to. They also feed off of dead skin cells. You know, that stuff your body naturally sheds all day long. This makes washing your sheets regularly incredibly important. Although hot water can be hard for the longevity of your sheets, if you suspect you have a dust mite problem it might be time to give your bedding a hot bath. Don't forget to check the wash instructions on your bedding first though, as some sheets are more delicate than others. If you are washing in hot water regularly, having a couple of sheet sets to rotate is a great idea. Experts recommend washing your sheets and pillow cases weekly to fight off dust mites.

Don’t forget to wash your pillow. It is recommended to wash your pillow once or twice a year to avoid anything nasty like mold from growing in there. An unwashed pillow can aggravate asthma, allergies and cause breakouts. Always check the care recommendations for your pillow, but there are a few general recommendations we can give you. Down or fiber-filled pillows can usually be washed in a washing machine. Wash the pillows with warm water on delicate, giving them an extra rinse at the end. You can usually pop those pillows in the dryer too. Make sure to put the dryer on low heat. If you have some dryer balls, put those in the dryer to fluff up your pillows and help prevent the inside material from settling in one spot. Unfortunately, a foam pillow cannot be washed in the washing machine, so make sure to give the cover a regular washing and vacuum the pillow for dust or other debris. You can also pick up a pillow protector for any type of pillow to help keep your head rest at its best. If you have never washed your pillow and you’ve had it for a bit, maybe it’s time to invest in a new one.

We wouldn't say anything if we didn't care! Keep your Bare Home bedding clean for optimal rest.