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How Often Should You Change Sheets

Out of all the regular chores, you must do around home, one of the most annoying is often changing your sheets. In saying that, regularly switching out your linen is probably one of the most important jobs. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep in a convenient fitted sheet, flannelette sheets or one of the finest silk sheet sets; you’ll need to change and clean your sheets from time to time. 

So, how often should you actually change your linen? And what happens if you don’t change your bed sheets? Yes, we do have an extensive guide on buying sheets. But, in this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know when it comes to taking off your sheet sets, giving them a clean and putting them back on. Here’s what we’ll cover:


What happens if you don’t change your sheets enough

Factors that impact how often you should change your sheets

The best way to wash bed sheets

Step by step for putting on new sheets

How to know when it’s time to buy new sheets

The range of bed sheets at Briscoes


Let’s get into it!


What happens if you don’t change your sheets enough

We don’t mean to gross you out, but there are plenty of nasties that can build up and get stuck in your linen. Whether fitted sheets for a children’s bed, super king fitted sheets or anything in between, unwanted visitors can take hold if you don’t wash them regularly. These nasties could include:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Pollen
  • Body secretions
  • Sweat
  • Skin cells

Especially if you have asthma or allergies, any number of these intrusions in your bed can cause a real problem. Not only that, but these unwanted guests can also build up over time to cause bad and musty smells. No one wants that!

Factors that impact how often you should change your sheets

So, how often should change those favourite fitted sheets with wide elastic all the way around? Well, there is no exact number. There is, of course, official wording from Healthline that dives into some of the health considerations, but generally, you should replace your sheets at least once a week. Some variables mean you may want to change and clean your linen more often. You’ll want to switch out your sheet sets more regularly if you:

  • Eat in bed
  • Sleep without pijamas
  • Allow your pets in bed
  • Leave make-up on at night 
  • Only shower in the morning 

As with anything hygiene related, it’s often best to take a better-to-be-safe-than-sorry approach. When you sleep in the same bed every night, it is sometimes difficult to notice musty smells from your linen.