How often do you change your sheets? For some of us, it’s little wonder the answer remains a dirty secret.
Previous research out of the UK showed that only 35 per cent of adults changed their bed linen once a fortnight – with one in ten confessing they didn’t bother to do it more than once a month.
Now, Australian cleaning guru Shannon Lush has shared her advice on how often you really need to be stripping the bed covers… and you might be surprised.
‘If you’re showering once a day, you can wash your sheets weekly,’ Ms Lush told news.com.au.
‘However, pillowcases should be changed every second day without fail. It’s against your face, and your hair holds more dirt than anywhere else on the body. It’s like a mop.’
‘Most people don’t wash their pillows enough, and it’s really vile,’ she added.
‘It collects old skin cells, which we shed especially when we are asleep. The pillow is a major cause of blackheads.’
‘If you hold your arm out and drop your pillow over your forearm widthways and it sags, then it’s time to buy a new pillow,’ she said.
‘Ideally, pillows should be replaced when they’re lumpy, saggy, smelly or discoloured – the time between buys depends on level of usage, how much you sweat, how often it gets washed and so on – best to stick to the above visual and nasal clues.’
HOW TO WASH A DOONA USING THE FOOT STOMP METHOD
– Place the doona in a bath, cover it in body temperature water (37C) and add two or three squirts of shampoo.
– With clean feet, stomp away to your heart’s content.
-Empty the bath, fill it again with clean body temperature water and stomp again.
– Empty, refill again with clean blood temperature water and allow it to soak through the doona.
– The shampoo can be used on all doona fibres because it won’t dry the fibres out or make them brittle.
– After rinsing, thread on it again to squeeze out as much moisture as possible before hanging it out to dry in a U shape, using lots of pegs.