Bedding Hygiene & Germs

Bedding Hygiene & Germs


Bedding can be easily contaminated with germs, which is particularly true with two people sleeping in a bed! This can of course be a source of infection and is an excellent environment for germs to cultivate, spread and infect.

This is particularly true when a person is recovering from an illness. The process of recovery is called convalescence, and it is a period where our immune systems are in an active recovery phase, so it still regaining strength but is more vulnerable.

This is a prime time for reinfection, so is a great to be on top of cleaning habits, particularly when it comes to laundry and care for our bedding. If someone is known to be recovering from an illness, then isolate the wash for clothes and bedding to avoid contamination.




Choose a bedding fabric that helps to prevent infection and the spread of germs. This should be something which creates an environment that is difficult for viruses and germs to exist in.

Fortunately germs can live on bedding for just a few hours, but of course their survival profile depends on the fabric in question. Of course we want to reduce this time to the absolute minimum possible!

This means that the best bedding, is the most absorbent bedding. If you choose artificial fabrics such as polyester blends or nylon, then you will be creating a naturally sweaty environment making it ideal to harbour germs (and uncomfortable for humans!).

Most cottons are better, but not by a great deal given the short fibre. Longer fibres have much better moisture wicking properties.

Organic cotton is often of better quality and more breathable. It often wicks away moisture better, creating a cooler and drier environment.


Tencel™ is naturally the most hygienic option for bedding, due to its incredible breathability and comfort. The absorbency of the fabric gives it anti-bacterial properties and creates a harsh environment for any invading germs.

If Tencel™ is good enough for use in medical dressing to prevent germs from surviving, then maybe you should consider it for your bedding too?

Learn more about bedding hygiene.