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This is a question we’ve all asked ourselves over and over. While some might think it’s a matter of preference when deciding how often you should wash your bed sheets, the truth is that it’s a matter of necessity.

Your bed sheets collect a lot of impurities (most of which we won’t be naming here but you can imagine), and the build-up is both unhygienic and unhealthy. In fact, there exists 10 million dust mites on an average bed. And unwashed bed sheets can cause allergies and infections.

Without making you lose your appetite any further, in short: your bed sheets and pillow cases need a wash at least once a week. To effectively kill those mites, wash your sheets at a minimum of 60C, and dry them in direct sunlight as UV light is known for killing micro organisms. And if you want to take it one step further, iron your sheets on the Cotton setting (200C) to kill off any bacteria that might have survived.

It’s important to note that if you, your partner or children are sick, it is highly recommended to wash the bed sheets and pillow cases every single day, until recovery.