One of the reasons so few people are changing and washing their bedding frequently enough is because it can be a time-consuming activity. Once a week is manageable for most people but to avoid accumulating dirt in the meantime (or having to change bedding more frequently), there are several steps you can take.
Bedding quickly gets dirty by absorbing the body’s natural oils, fluids and sweat. While it’s hard to control how much sweat is produced in bed, it’s possible to minimise the amount of oils brought into the bed.
Showering before bed is a great way to wash off the day’s grime and sweat before drifting off to sleep. Additionally, avoid heading straight into bed after a trip to the gym or any other sweaty activity.
The absorbent properties of bedding make them bad environments for any extra liquids or chemicals. This means all make-up should be taken off before bed and any lotions, oils or creams should be applied and absorbed outside of the bed.
Eating and drinking in bed is one of the fastest ways to make bed sheets dirty. Even if the food or drink doesn’t spill, there will likely be crumbs and oils from the food that makes its way onto the bed sheets.
Pet dander is a common allergen and the build-up of it on bedding can be a source of irritation event to those who have no allergies. Not only can it cause a stuffy nose in the morning and itchy eyes, it also makes the bed an unhygienic environment.
As cute as it may be to let pets up on the bed, it may be better for your health and sanitation to give them their own space on the floor.
To keep bed sheets cleaner avoid making the bed when you get up in the morning! A neatly made bed can trap oils, dirt, warmth and moisture under the sheets which provides the ideal environment for bacteria, fungi and dust mites to thrive.
This toss-up between neat and clean will be hard for some people to get their head around but leaving sheets unmade will increase exposure to air flow and sunlight which can dry out sheets. UV light from the sun also acts as a natural disinfectant!
One more way to avoid the build-up of dust mites is to vacuum the bed frequently as well as other soft furnishing like rigs or carpet in the bedroom. The vacuum will suck up both the dust mites and the dead skin cells that they love to snack on.