How Often Should I Wash My Bedding? (Sheets, Blankets, Pillows)

Not to mention, clean sheets are awesome!
Not to mention, clean sheets are awesome! | Source

There are a lot of reasons to wash your bedding regularly. Dust mites can be reduced (if not prevented) by regular laundering. Sweat, oils, and skin flakes can build up, which provides food for bacteria. These bacteria are what cause the distinctive smell of unwashed bedding.

And then you have the purely aesthetic reasons: there is nothing nicer than slipping into a bed with crisp, clean, freshly washed sheets and blankets. Not to mention the fact that nothing turns off a potential partner like a musty-smelling room and funky sheets.

You spend a third of your life (8 hours a night on average) in your bed. It makes sense that your bed sheets would need to be changed and washed regularly, just like your clothes need regular washing.

On the other hand, changing and washing sheets and blankets can be kind of a pain! And if you have to pay for each load of laundry, it can be expensive to wash your bedding very often.

One factor which can affect how often you should wash your sheets is how you dress for bed. If you sleep in the nude, you will want to wash your bed linens much more often than someone who sleeps in sweats and a t-shirt.

If you use a large comforter, duvet, or down blanket on your bed, then you will want to use a duvet cover. This is essentially a big slipcover for your heavy blanket. If you use a duvet cover, it greatly reduces how often you need to wash your comforter.

Using a contour sheet and a flat sheet will also help ease your laundry burden.

How often to wash contour sheets, flat sheets, and pillow cases

Contour sheets, flat sheets, and pillow cases should all be changed out weekly, because they bear the brunt of your nightly emanations. They are your bed's first line of defense, the bed's equivalent of underwear.

If you prefer to do larger loads of laundry less often, buy several sheet sets so that you can put a new set on your bed every week. That way you can let the dirty sheets pile up somewhere other than your bed, and wash them all at once.

Pillow cases in particular should always be changed weekly, because of the oil from your face and hair, as well as the drool. Have you ever noticed strange yellowish stains on your pillow? Yep, those come from your head.

Source

How often to wash pillows

Pillows should be laundered, too.  Even if you change your pillow cases once a week, pillows eventually build up their own funk, and take on a yellowish hue from absorbed oils.  Pillows should be washed between two and four times a year, depending on how many pillows you use.  (The more pillows you use, the less often they need to be washed.)  Pillows should be replaced every few years, as they lose shape and accumulate an ever-greater load of dust mites.

Most pillows can go through the laundry just like your regular clothes.  (Be sure to balance the load with some heavy towels on the other side, to keep the machine from knocking.)

How often to wash blankets

The term “blankets” refers to insulating layers which are not quilted. If it doesn’t have stuffing inside, it is a blanket.

  • If you are dutiful about using a flat sheet and changing it every week, then you can get away with only washing your blankets once a month.
  • If you are not good about changing the sheets, then you should wash your blankets every other week.
  • If you do not use a flat sheet, then you should wash your blankets weekly.

Most blankets can go through the laundry just like your regular clothes. Check the care tag to be sure.

Source

How often to wash a duvet cover

This depends on what is between you and the duvet cover, and how often you wash it.


  • If you don’t use any sheets between yourself and the duvet cover, you should wash it weekly.
  • If you use just a flat sheet between yourself and the duvet cover, and you are good about changing the sheets weekly, you should wash your duvet cover once or twice a month.
  •  If you use just a flat sheet between yourself and the duvet cover, but you are NOT good about changing the sheets weekly, you should wash your duvet cover weekly.
  • If you use a flat sheet and blankets between yourself and the duvet cover, you should wash your duvet cover quarterly (four times a year).

Source

Bedding Laundry Survey

How often do you change your bed sheets?

  • Daily (I'm a nut!)
  • Weekly
  • Twice a month
  • Monthly
  • I literally don't remember the last time I did this.
See results without voting

How often to wash a comforter, duvet, down blanket, down comforter, etc

This depends on how good you are about using (and washing) your sheets and the duvet cover.  Making proper use of a duvet cover and sheets can make the difference between needing to wash your comforter once a week, versus needing to wash it twice a year.

  •  If you sleep with just a comforter (no flat sheets or duvet cover), you should wash your comforter weekly.
  •  If you sleep with just a duvet cover (no flat sheets or other blankets), and you are good about washing the duvet cover once a week, then you should wash your comforter once a month.
  •  If you sleep with just a duvet cover (no flat sheets or other blankets) but you are NOT good about washing the duvet cover once a week, then you should wash your comforter twice a month.
  •  If you sleep with a duvet cover and flat sheets, and you are good about washing them weekly, then you should wash your comforter quarterly (four times a year).
  • f you sleep with a duvet cover and flat sheets, but you are NOT good about washing them weekly, then you should wash your comforter once a month.
  • · If you sleep with a duvet cover, flat sheets, and blankets, and you are good about washing them weekly, then you should wash your comforter twice a year.
  •  If you sleep with a duvet cover, flat sheet, and blankets, but you are NOT good about washing them weekly, then you should wash your comforter quarterly (four times a year.)

Bedding Laundry Quiz

More by this Author


Comments 4 comments

divacratus profile image

divacratus 5 years ago from India

I'm new to housekeeping! Thanks for the tips and advice :)


Courtney 4 years ago

Thnxs but is it bad that I change it every month maby two to three times a week ???


Jane 12 months ago

It's so disgusting when I've just found out from where those yellowish stains on my pillows come :(

I swear that from now on I'll wash my pillow cases more frequently!


Matthew 8 months ago

Wow I need to start doing that

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working