How often should you really wash your bed sheets?

An expert reveals how often you should be washing your bed sheets and the answer may surprise you... and gross you out.

There's no better feeling than getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets, but let's be real, we're not going to do that every day. In fact, some people don't do it every week.

If you ever want to spark a passionate debate with your siblings, coworkers, partners, or new Tinder dates, it could be worth asking how often they wash their sheets — and the answers are likely to vary from weekly, to fortnightly, or maybe even monthly.

And sometimes, in the case of the Tinder date, it might be better to not even know.

Recently an expert divulged that bath towels should be washed after "every three" uses, and now a doctor has come forth to spill on how often bed sheets should be washed.

Surely not every three nights, right?

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A doctor has weighed in on how often you should be washing your sheets, with her video going viral. Photo: Getty/NBC


How often you should wash your bed sheets, revealed

A doctor in the US has revealed that bed linen should be washed at least once a week, minimum.

Doctor Poonam Desai warned that without regular cleaning, dirty sheets can lead to allergies, asthma, skin infections and become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, dust mites, dead skin cells, and even... fecal matter.

"Especially if you're sleeping naked, if you're sleeping with pets, if you're sleeping with your toddlers, if you're doing other things in your bed, you can get fecal matter on your bed sheets," she explained.

She went on to say a study was done to say that some single men have gone up to four months without washing their bed sheets.

She urged people not to forget about their pillow case and doona covers as well when doing the weekly washing.


The video, which was uploaded earlier this year, has gone viral over time, with over 2 million views but the comments section was divided.

"I change every two weeks. This is because my house is dust-free and I shower well before bed," one person explained.

"All this extreme cleanliness had made our immune system weak! I don't believe in extreme messiness either, but a little balance is good," another said.

"I rescued a single man seven years ago and let me tell you the house training was no joke," another laughed.

"Look once every two weeks is a privilege, I didn’t need to hear this today," another commented.

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