Despite sitting on top of bed sheets, one would be surprised as to how much bacteria a duvet can accumulate, which is why Rosen-Biller suggests keeping an eye on it.
“You should machine wash or dry clean your duvet at least twice per year, according to the care labelm” she advises. “If you sleep with your duvet closer to your body, i.e. without a flat sheet between, consider washing it every few months.”
As for how often one should replace a duvet entirely, turns out, it’s important to do so a little sooner than expected.
“Your duvet has the longest lifespan of all your bedding,” she explained. “And only needs to be replaced every five years, or sooner if it starts to look a little lumpy.”
When it comes to bed sheets themselves, it’s common knowledge that a semi-frequent wash is expected, especially to Rosen-Biller.
“Ideally you should be washing your sheets once a week to detox them of the fungi, bacteria, skin cells and sweat that can accumulate,” she advises.
“Pop them in the wash on a gentle, cold or warm water cycle with a mild detergent then air dry them on the line in the sun to kill any germs.”
Of course, a vigorous washing routine is enough to keep the bacteria at bay, there will come a time where a complete refresh is mandatory.
The Bed Threads co-founder explains that one “should replace your sheets every few years, depending on the fabric they are made from and how often you wash them,”
“100% French flax linen will last longer than other materials thanks to the durability. In fact, compared to other manchester, linen thread is twice as durable,” she explained.
“If you have had your sheets for longer than a few years though, there could be bacteria and microorganisms living in the threads of the fabric!”
If that didn’t give you the ick factor, then it’s time to consider where one lays their head. Rosen-Biller suggests that pillow cases should be washed “every two to three days”, in order to help “avoid the build up of cosmetic products, dead skin cells, oils and dirt from your skin and hair and surrounding environment, which can cause breakouts and irritation.”
“Pillowcases should be replaced every couple of years,” Rosen-Biller continued. “Due to washing them more frequently than your sheets.”
And while, yes, washing the case is straight foward, but what about the pillow itself. While it’s normal to ponder on how washing a pillow would even work—or better yet, how it would dry inside-and-out—Rosen-Biller suggests that a simple tumble dry will solve the problem.
“Pillows should be washed every 6 months to keep bacteria at bay and also help to prolong their…