A third of people only wash their bed sheets once a year
16th October 2020

A third of Brits only wash their sheets once a year.

Yes, you read that right.

Hammond Furniture polled 2,000 UK adults about how often they switch out their duvet sets.

A sizeable 30% said they only stick their bedding in the washing machine once every 12 months.

Meanwhile, 36% only wash their blankets once a year and 18% soak their jeans once annually.

People were marginally more vigilant with towels – 40% wash them after each use, while 45% pop them in for a spin after five uses.

So how often should you be changing your bedding?

Doctor Aragona Giuseppe, GP and Medical Advisor at Prescription Doctor claims that changing your bedsheets once a week is best for optimum cleanliness.

They told HullLive : “Washing your clothing items and bedsheets regularly is important for overall cleanliness and ensuring your body remains clean and healthy.

“If you do not wash clothing items often you could be at risk of infection or just feeling and smelling unclean.

“Bedsheets and pillowcases should be washed as if they are dirty this could promote acne, spots and other skin issues due to the dirty bacteria on the sheets transferring to your skin.”

Kirsty Oakes, Head of Product and Marketing at Hammonds Furniture, added: “We all have those items on our life laundry to-do lists that we put off, and for some people that can literally be the washing!

“Especially now that so many of us are working from home and can go for days without seeing people outside our own household, it can be tempting to put the washing off even more.

“However, keeping clean is now more important than ever, and that also goes for our clothes, blankets and bedsheets.

“If you’ve found yourself washing things less often than is recommended then set aside time each week to do your washing and try to always stick to it.

"Make the effort to wear clean, fresh clothes each day (even if you are working from home) and just remember how amazing fresh sheets feel when you climb into bed!”

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