It’s a truth universally acknowledged that hopping into bed after putting on clean, fresh sheets is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But, we know that sometimes the time between that is much longer than we’d like to admit. Hayley Worley, co-founder of Melbourne label The Sheet Society, is here to tell us how often we should actually be changing our bed linens, and the consequences of skipping laundry day.
Keep it Fresh
“Refreshing your linen regularly is wildly important,” says Worley. “We recommend washing your linen once every two weeks. If that’s too much to contend with, it’s always a good idea to at least wash your pillowcases.
“If you’re getting that stuffy feeling that’s keeping you awake, that is definitely a good sign for a refresh!” And she offered up some tips and tricks on exactly how we should be washing our sheets.
“The easiest way to care for your sheets is to turn them inside out, throw your sheets and pillowcases in together and wash them on a cool or warm cycle, then pop them into the dryer on a warm setting until they are 80 percent dry,” she advised.”Give them a good shake, and then let them hang inside until they are dry.”
Rise and Shine
“Keeping your linen on high rotation and staying on top of your laundry is paramount to promote a healthier complexion, easier breathing, and sweeter dreams,” says Worley.
“Those crisp, freshly-washed [linens] are also seriously uplifting and beneficial for our mental wellbeing. You don’t want anything nasty building up in your sheets. Give them a wash and then get them back on your bed for a fresh linen feeling.”
“A build-up of makeup, dead skin cells, sweat, and other nasties like bacteria and fungi can accumulate if you miss a few laundry cycles,” says Worley.
“Unwashed bedding can also become home to creatures like dust mites, causing allergy flares, aggravating asthma, and disrupting your precious sleep routine.”
“Our sheets are made from natural fibers so it’s really important to let them breathe when you store them,” recommends Worley.
“Avoid storing them away in plastic tubs, instead opt for a shelf or basket which will really avoid that musky smell.”