Experts tell why you’re doing it wrong when it comes to washing your bedding in the heat.
HOT WEATHER is sweeping the UK at the moment, with temperatures in the 30s becoming the norm for many this week. But, in the heat, how often should you wash your bedding? Christy experts explain why you’re doing things incorrectly.
Sleeping can be quite difficult in hot temperatures. You’re undecided about whether you want your bed linens on top of you, wrapped around you, or simply next to you while you sprawl out like a starfish. One thing is certain: we aren’t used to heatwaves in the UK, and they can wreak havoc on people’s daily lives.
However, one reason you may be unable to sleep at night is because you are not washing your bed sheets frequently enough.
According to a recent Hammonds survey, a third of Britons only wash their bedsheets once a year, so it’s safe to assume Brits might use some help when it comes to bedding.
If you spend an average of eight hours a night in bed, a third of the population spends nearly 3,000 hours between the sheets between washes each year.
In addition to being unsanitary for obvious reasons, leaving the sheets unclean for an extended period of time can cause a slew of health issues, ranging from acne to more serious ones like dust mite infestations.
Dr. Chun Tang of Pall Mall Medical warns against not washing your bedsheets often enough, describing them as a sponge capable of absorbing “old makeup, filth, and body secretions, night after night.”
“It’s typical to feel skin redness, inflammation, and breakouts when lying on unclean bedsheets,” Dr Tang noted.
“Dust mite droppings, which are a common side effect of dirty bedding, can aggravate asthma symptoms and provoke eczema flare-ups.”
Furthermore, any open wounds or sores you may have could become infected if they come into contact with soiled bedding.
“This infection can progress or spread, leading to more significant health issues and infections including sepsis and cellulitis,” according to Dr. Tang.
“Wash and replace your bedding at least once a week,” says Lucky Ackroyd, Christy’s head of design.
“I’d recommend up to twice a week if you have dogs sleeping on your bed or if you suffer from allergies, especially during hay fever season.
“It is critical.” Brinkwire Summary News