Your bed is much, much more disgusting than you imagine – in fact, it’s a mass of fungi, bacteria, soil, sweat, sputum, vaginal juice, poo, urine and especially skin, with humans shedding, on average, 10g of skin per day for dust mites to feast on.img data-src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/katie-5d9e.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&crop=602px%2C2px%2C598px%2C448px&resize=100%2C105&zoom=1" width="100" height="105" data-rsz="no" src="data:image/gif;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAABCAQAAAC1HAwCAAAAC0lEQVR42mP8/B8AAusB9FD6Pn0AAAAASUVORK5CYII=%20" alt="thumbnail for post ID 8061569"">>Drink driver killed herself 'after being forced to walk around naked in prison'
That, combined with the 100 litres of sweat you produce every year – and all those snacks you ate in bed – means your bed is a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria.
So skimping on the number of times you wash your sheets isn’t just dirty, it can be dangerous, according to Dr Lisa Ackerley, Hygiene Doctor and Dettol Expert, speaking to the Daily Mail.
The bacteria and fungi living in your bed mean that you can catch athlete’s foot easily off a partner – and if one of you is ill, you may well catch viruses such as colds off the sheets.
Dr Ackerley says, ‘Think of all the things you do in bed. Apart from being the place where we go to sleep, it can double up as the home office, the tea room, the dining table or even your dog or cat’s bed.
‘Depending upon what your bed is used for, and also how clean you are when you get in it (and indeed whether you wear nightwear), your bed can get pretty filthy and may actually be causing your body harm.’
Ackerley advises vacuuming regularly around the bed, and washing bedding at high temperatures – or, if you’re washing at low temperatures, use a laundry cleanser.
She also says families should wash their nightwear regularly – every three days – and wash bedding once a week (or if you can’t manage that, every two weeks).
What you should do to stay clean
Dr Lisa Ackerley, Hygiene Doctor and Dettol Expert, says, ‘First, get rid of the dust! Vacuum the room and around and under the bed, and the mattress and send your duvet off to be cleaned. Wash pillows if they can be washed and tumble dry to stop clumping – or send them off to the laundry as well.
Use pillow protectors on your nice clean (or new) pillows and a mattress protector – you can wash these easily. Spray the mattress with Dettol all in one Disinfectant Spray when having a spring or autumn clean, and destroy any nasty germs and bugs that may be lurking there.
Wash bedding at above 60°C if you can, or even higher – I have white cotton and go to 90°C. This blitzes everything – but if you have more delicate fabrics, then wash at a lower temperature but always use a laundry cleanser. Remember bacteria grow best at body temperature, so a 30-40 degree wash isn’t going to do the job without a laundry cleanser.
Wash bedding once a week if you can, or at least every two weeks.
Have a shower before bed – then you keep the dirt down! At the very least, wash your hands before bed time.
Wash nightwear every three days.
Have some anti-bacterial wipes handy in case you have any spills.
If you have a cat or dog and allow it on the bed, get a blanket for them to lie on and wash that every week at least.
If someone is ill, step up the cleaning and launder the linen more frequently.
Source : https://metro.co.uk/2016/12/14/this-is-what-will-happen-to-your-body-if-you-wash-your-sheets-less-than-once-a-week-6321590/738