How often do you change your sheets? Study finds men only do it 4x a year!
The average single man washes his sheets just four times per year, according to a survey by U.K. mattress company Ergoflex.
The survey asked Britons about their bed sheet hygiene and found a few stomach-churning results.
Among single men aged 18 to 25, 55 per cent changed their sheets every 3.1 months. Of that grubby group, 49 per cent figured that was an acceptable frequency, and another 19 per cent didn't care.
Not surprisingly, 17 per cent of those men also admitted that their soiled sheets had "put off" potential romantic partners.
"Romantic ambitions aside, we were more alarmed by the potential health risks that unhygienic bed sheets could cause, considering in particular two unwelcome night-time companions — dust mites and bed bugs," Ergoflex's Steven Willis wrote in a blog post.
The cleanest demographic were women aged 35 to 50; where 60 per cent changed their linens weekly.
Couples were generally clean as well, changing the sheets every 2.3 weeks, although the men could work a little harder; among the couples surveyed — 81 per cent of women said they carry the sheet-changing responsibilities.
Disgusting article, I change mine twice a week
This has to be straight guys? I change mine weekly.
Clean freaks at R1 & R2!
I wash my sheets once every 3 or 4 months. I still fuck plenty on my sheets and no one seems to care or say anything - maybe because they're Ralph Lauren sheets.
Once or twice a week.
Weekly or more.
3 or 4 times a year
r4 would not make a very good farm wife
Wtf R1? Twice a week is absurd and not at all necessary.
I change mine every 2-3 weeks which I find sufficient.
Once a month is sufficient, IMO.
I change my sheets about twice a month, but travel for work frequently, often for and entire week at a time. It's not just the sweat, cum, and/or other bodily filth that's the problem, as the article notes.
It's the dust build up. The percentage of the dust in your home that is actually dead skin cells is approximately 75% to 90%. According to The Boston Globe, 30,000-40,000 skin cells fall off you per minute, and on average 8.8 pounds of dead skin cells fall off your body per year.
Also, I just like the smell of fresh sheets.
Once a week when I do my laundry.
R1 fucks like a bunny.
R4 constantly hears, "I'll honor your groupon if we do it on that clean patch of floor!"
R9 is just jealous.
Once every four to six weeks, depending on how much use they've see -- whether I've been traveling or slept on a sofa watching TV.
Every two weeks in the summer. And as needed when spunked up.
My BF sweats about 4 gallons during sex, so once a week works.
Spring and fall.
[quote] My BF sweats about 4 gallons during sex
Your BF should see a doctor cause that is an indicator of very high blood pressure.
Sounds like sex with you is an uncomfortable experience, R15.
Everyday! Well my servants do it.
God help me, but I can believe it. I'm a (relatively slobby) woman, and while I'm good about it when I'm having sex regularly, it's been a fallow summer and my sheets are going through a real dark fuckin' period right now.
I think frequency should partly depend on when you shower and how grubby your lifestyle is - whether you hike, garden or do other dirty activities.
If you shower before bed each night, and especially if you have an office job and don't do much, your sheets can go longer. If you shower in the morning, your day's sweat will be with you and rub all over your pillow and sheets (how's your skin, people? Breakouts? Bumps?).
Weekly is the standard that we're all supposed to adhere to. Twice a week is beyond absurd and wasteful of resources (time/energy/water/money). 2 weeks is fine if you shower late / are relatively clean.
Every other week. Two sets, sent to the cleaners in rotation.
Once a week, it's just become a habit over the years.
Maybe they have leather or rubber sheets?
I don't suppose anyone here has those?
Would you sleep in a bed in a hotel you just checked into if you knew the sheets weren't changed from the previous guest? What's the difference, if your sleeping on 90 days on a dirty sheet?
I haven't had complaints, R18.
R17: thanks, I'll make sure he gets it checked.
There's a world of difference, R25. Just as it's always other people who stink and no one much minds his own smell.
I've always been skeeved out by gay porn shot on bare mattresses. What do they do with the mattress after all that santorum?
Now I realize up to 55% of the gay porn shot on sheets takes place on bedding that has not been changed in the last 90 days.
Maybe six or seven times a year
Every six weeks.
what are "sheets"?
Once every two weeks.
Btw, my partner and I always point out to eachother how many people on reality shows do NOT have sheets on their bed. WTF is that about?? Nasty.
R1 and R5, I hope you have help with your laundry.
! wash mine every week.
I love the smell and feel of crisp linen. I wash them once a week, but would wash far more often if I didn't feel guilty about wasting water and electricity. I remember watching an Oprah show, where she said that she has hers washed every other day.
Well, this is an eye-opener. Typically 1x per week or sometimes every 2 weeks, which I'd felt a bit guilty about...until now.
My maternal grandmother washed her sheets and towels after every use! Even as a kid I figured that was screwy. I see now the woman was mad as a hatter.
Once a month.
[quote]I love the smell and feel of crisp linen. I wash them once a week, but would wash far more often if I didn't feel guilty about wasting water and electricity. I remember watching an Oprah show, where she said that she has hers washed every other day.
Are you one of those housewives from the TV commercials, the ones who spend their days smelling articles of clothing before and after laundering?
The "crisp feel" I can understand, but not the smell. The smell is simply laundry detergent and the perfumes added to it.
I change the sheets once a week, but I change the pillowcase more often (body oils and hair grease on pillows can cause pimples).
Yikes. Gross. I change mine once a week. I rarely have anyone sleep with me, and I don't smoke or drink, and after a week they are dirty and dingey.
every damn day
Living on my own, it was once a year...
Living with someone else, it was twice a week...
Back home, caring for my elderly parent (my dad died) it's every day...
I can't imagine going back to my old ways (clean night-wear every day too)
Every two weeks.
Jackie Kennedy decreed while in the White House that her sheets be changed daily.
I guess that would be nice, as sleeping in crisp clean sheets is my idea of heaven.
At our house we do it once a week, on Sunday. That way the week starts with a night on clean sheets.
Now if one of you bitches could teach me how to fol a fitted sheet, this thread might actually have some MEANING.
I used to do it once a month, but now change them on average every 10 days.
Every week, unless a gentleman caller suffers some kind of fallout after I've pounded his high, fine ass.
Thought this thread (ha!) would be anti-Brit troll bliss, but so far no.
Boring though it is, it's a two week rota for me too. For those seasonal changers it'd be intriguing to know what the tipping point is.
Twice a week R1? What do you do in bed? I usually shower before bedtime, so my sheets stay pretty clean. Usually once a fortnight is fine.
[quote]My BF sweats about 4 gallons during sex, so once a week works.
Your BF sounds fat, and not in the good way.
Who irons their sheets?
Every week, and I too love the smell of clean sheets. Line dried (didn't we do this already?) smell incredible, nothing like R38 desrcibes.
We actually find using sheets to be too conspicuous nowadays.
Sheets are changed once a week here as well (on Thursdays).
Thursday is the day when the cleaning lady comes and she strips the bed before vacuuming the room. I will remake it that evening when I get home.
Donna, the cleaning lady, was the best Christmas gift my partner and I ever gave each other.
I'm gay but I do it about 4x a year maybe even 3x a year lol.
Btw is there a scientific study that says its better for your health if you do it more frequently?
I need proof hahah
I change my sheets at least once a week, more usually twice. I love the feel of freshly washed sheets, crisp. They smell great too.
As a kid I stayed with an aunt during the summers. She rarely changed the sheets, and the funky smell and feel of them made me sick.
Spare me the saving energy and resources nonsense, you are self justifying pigs. You piggy pigs disgust me!
Once every 14 days is the absolute minimum for anyone. Hot water and bleach if possible too, especially if you like to sleep in the buff. (FYI, unless you thoroughly scrub your ass in the shower every night before bed you're depositing trace amounts of feces in your sheets sleeping naked.)
Once every ten days.
Twice a week. I've acquired a good assortment of bedding over many years.
I don't buy sheet-sets,only separates. Buying pillowcases fitted & flat sheets separately ( mostly neutrals ) allows me to get really good deals on high quality clearance items at places like Marshals ( best place for bedding,IMO).
Also,invest (they're cheap!) in pillow protectors. They keep the dust mites out of our lungs. New bed pillows every couple of years.
Anyone who scoffs at this would sleep/feel a lot better if they tried it.
R62, you are a Mary after my own heart.
Twice a week for the bottom sheet, but mainly because we live near the beach, have tiled and wooden floors and sand gets fucking everywhere.
Once a week and I agree with R62 that pillow protectors (the allergen stopping kind) are a godsend. I absolutely will not have any pillows on my bed that do not have pillow protectors.
That article is bullshit though, you can wash your sheets every damn night and that will do absolutely nothing to stop you from getting bed bugs.
dust mites are only a big deal if you are allergic to them. i do not change my sheets that often, and i do not have allergies, nor do i have bad skin. I think once or twice a month is a good idea. more than once a week is insane. if you're having sex all the time, that is going to change everything. you would definitely need to change them more often in that case.
It's been an unusually hot summer - I've been sleeping on top of the bed for months. Two layers of sheets and a summer-weight bedspread between me and the mattress. I wash the bedspread every week, though.
I try to change them every week. I shower every night before bed, too.
Never, but that's because I sleep on a hammock
What R69 wrote. My body runs hot and I sweat quite a bit while I sleep - and no, I have no known health problems. Changing them weekly is for hygiene as well as being psychological (I simply like the idea of doing so). I don't ever give a thought to dust mites or bed bugs.
I've not changed the sheets on my bed in several years. One reason is that I have a lot of stuff on the bed and I don't feel like cleaning it off. The other reason is that I really like them (bamboo/cotton/cashmere). I don't use pillowcases because they get so yellow and smelly.
I bet the every week sheet washers go on and on about how green they are and everything they do for the environment, meanwhile they are wasting precious resources on weekly clean sheets, when once a month is more than enough.
R72 ? Are you the guy from The Silence of the Lambs ?
Again, I change my bedding once or twice per week.
May I ask all you once a month or less frequent changers how often you change your crusty underwear?
Keep telling yourself that R73.
I'm a twice a week guy. It makes me & my husbear feel good. Sleeping on clean bedding is a luxury I enjoy.
Every other week; that means top and bottom sheet and pillowcases too.
How often do people launder their duvets? I only about twice a year, it never into direct contact with me because of the top sheet .
Once a week when I'm single.
Always after I have a gentleman caller.
[quote]I've not changed the sheets on my bed in several years.
Umm... are you referring to changing your sheets [as in, cosmetically, like the pattern or color] or to removing and washing your sheets?
[quote] "we were more alarmed by the potential health risks that unhygienic bed sheets could causeconsidering in particular two unwelcome night-time companions — dust mites and bed bugs," Ergoflex's Steven Willis wrote in a blog post.
Bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. You can have the cleanest sheets in the world and still have bedbugs.
Stupid, misleading "expert" - clean or filthy sheets have NOTHING to do with bedbugs.
Plus, bedbugs don't even live on bedsheets, they always get as well hidden as possible, which means hiding against the mattress seams, or going inside the mattress if there's a hole.
Trust me, I'm a fucking EXPERT on bedbugs; my fucking asshole neighbour gave them to me 2 years ago.
I suffered for almost six months before I was able to eradicate the fuckers through a combination of Diatomaceous Earth and ripping open the back of my couch to kill the fuckers on the inside where they lived (vacuumed, then coated the wood frame with Murphys Wood Oil Soap, then sprinkled more DE).
r79, I haven't washed them. However, I do use a waterproof plastic mattress cover under the fitted sheet in order to protect the mattress. On the other hand, if I ever go to all the trouble of removing the sheets and washing and drying them I might as well just buy a new mattress and make the ordeal worth it.
I think two to three times a week is about right. If you shower at night, though, once week could be acceptable, only if you're not fornicating.
R72, I don't understand.
How can you sleep in the same sheets night after night for years and now wash them?
r85 She's a slovenly whore, that's why.
[bold]How often do you change your sheets? [/bold]
I launder my sheets once a week at minimum. I love the feel of freshly laundered sheets!
I change them about once a month, but then I am old and have no kind of sex on them these days. Pillow cases are changed once a week.
Before I put on the new Downy fresh sheets, I vacuum the mattress, flip it over and vacuum the other side too. I also vacuum the sheets about once a week.
Vacuum the sheets? Just how crusty are you? And you are putting the same vacuum attachment that you use on floors and carpets on your sheets!????
You needn't be filthy just cause you are old.
Some of you girlz is nasty!
Every three weeks
Once every two weeks. That's all that's necessary, unless they get dirty, in which case I change them right then.
[quote] Your BF should see a doctor cause that is an indicator of very high blood pressure.
Just plain wrong.
R85, you would think they would be greasy, but they're not. Maybe due to the bamboo?
I change mine about once a month to 6 weeks.
At least once a week. During the week I alternate sides of the bed I sleep on. I shower before I go to bed.
I don't want my My Little Pony sheets to fade, so I tend to wash them less frequently than I should.
Yeah, I do wait months, there were definitely years it'd only be 4 times I'm sure.
The two times we've done this topic,I've been absolutely enthralled. It's hard to explain but,it feels very intimate.
This is one of the things that you don't know about people you don't live with. We had a thread similar to this one a while back. I then just brought it up in conversation and was quite surprised, even shocked at the replies friends gave.
Some of my very well groomed friends said less frequently than weekly. A few said once a month or longer! I know that the once a monther is always into tricks so imagine those sheets. Another friend who is always in jeans and sneakers, goes days without shaving, said twice a week.
Luckily this is a difference that can be easily remedied. The tidier partner must assume the laundry or all bets are off.
I think the more interesting question is what are you once a weekers doing on your sheets? Even if you have sex every night, nothing is leaking out and flying around that much to justify weekly sheet washings.
Exactly R103, I believe these once a weekers are bottoms who refuse to douche and/or eat fiber
dust mites & cat hair, R103
but if I have no cats?
Maybe he has a UV vacuum, R91. They're good for killing off anything that might be lurking in the mattress. I use one when I'm changing the sheets (weekly). I line dry the laundry so the sunlight takes care of the sheets.
I also put a couple of baby bottle sterilizing tablets in with the laundry, cleans out the machine and sterilizes everything.
I'm a once a weeker, and I do it because I like the feeling of fresh, crisp, clean sheets. It is not that my sheets are 'dirty'.
R51 Thanks for the video. I have followed such advice in the past, but truly good folding of fitted sheets still some how eludes me.
Once a week or so. Sometimes more often. I especially like the feeling of sleeping on a fitted sheet that is freshly washed and fits tightly to the mattress. I guess I toss and turn a lot, and ruffle things up.
My sheets are changed once a week by my housekeeper. How many of you only have one set of sheets? I ask because several posts seem to indicate that many of you remove your sheets, launder, and then place back on the bed. I believe I have at least four sets of sheets and they can be laundered together once a month.
I wonder if many of these posters who claim to change sheets so infrequently are full of shit.
I don't think so, r112. I dated a guy who only changed his sheets a few times a year.
They're not full of shit but the sheets are.
[quote]I believe I have at least four sets of sheets and they can be laundered together once a month.
WTF? Do you have an industrial washing machine? Because no way in hell can you get four sets of sheets into a regular washer at once. I have a regular size washer, and after putting in the flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillow cases in, there's barely room for anything else.
Either you're full of shit, or you have an industrial size washer - like the kind in hotels.
He's not full of shit but his sheets are.
I only have one set of sheets. Do you really need more than one set of sheets?
What if you spill something or otherwise soil the sheets and don't have time or opportunity to launder them, yet you need them to sleep on. A second set might come in handy.
Every week or two - no set schedule really. You would think more often in the summer but since I swim almost every night at dusk and shower afterwards, not so.
R111 I have maybe 12 to 15 sets of sheets, but I do like to launder them and put them back on the bed the same day because they smell amazing when they've been line dried. That smell dissipates over time so if you put them in the linen closet by the time you come to use them they smell 'cupboardy' instead of fresh.
The reason I have so many sheets? I'm a sucker for a good sale. When decent linens are on sale for 50% off I buy them.
What kind of tiny washing machine do you have that 4 sets of sheets wouldn't fit???
It is sheets, not quilts.
Weekly as we take a shower before sleeping (the washing includes sheet, pillowcases, blankets, etc)
the protection sheet I wash one time a month.
[quote] What kind of tiny washing machine do you have that 4 sets of sheets wouldn't fit???
You can put 8 sheets in the wash at once? You must live in prison.
[quote]What if you spill something or otherwise soil the sheets and don't have time or opportunity to launder them, yet you need them to sleep on.
Again, what are you people doing on your sheets? Dear God in Heaven.
On average about every 10 days but I shower 2x a day too. So does my hubby.
A few times a year is completely VILE. Then again, this was a UK poll correct? Europeans aren't as fastidious as Americans.
Even if person doesn't fuck a lot, your sheets and pillowcases get dirty from a combination of dead skin cells which flake off, the dust in the air and what about the nights you are so exhausted and don't shower? You might have worked out, or ran, that day and got all sweaty, the dirt from outside is stuck to your skin, but you were so tired you conked out without showering.
There are many reasons to change your sheets and pillowcases at least weekly.
The main reason for those who don't change their sheets enough is most likely because they don't have a washer/dryer in their apartments or they are too lazy to drop off their laundry.
I can't believe some of these responses.
[quote]What if you spill something or otherwise soil the sheets and don't have time or opportunity to launder them, yet you need them to sleep on.
WTF? Even if I was having breakfast in bed and spilled coffee or something, I surely have more than one set of sheets!
Don't tell me you only have one set of sheets?!
Reminds me of when I stayed over a friend's new house, he didn't even have enough towels to accommodate all his weekend guests.
He told everyone to bring their own towels and wash cloths! My partner and I also brought our own pillowcases. If you can afford a big new house, you certainly can afford a decent amount of towels and bedding.
He gave one guest a cloth napkin to use in the shower! Unbelievable!
So r128 you're saying that your host should go out and buy extra towels and washcloths to accomodate you? Please. All you need is one set of sheets per bed and at the most 2 or three towels and maybe a washcloth if you're a washcloth guy.
Does anyone here use silk sheets? I've always thought they'd be too hot. I love the crisp feel of percale cotton but its linen for me. Infinitely better for regulating body temp than cotton. However the more open weave demands that the under bedding be more regularly laundered than for cotton.
[quote]He gave one guest a cloth napkin to use in the shower! Unbelievable!
Hilarious, R128. I hope he learned his lesson about house guests. Extra towels, bedding, food(!) and toilet paper are both a necessity and appreciated.
[quote]So [R128] you're saying that your host should go out and buy extra towels and washcloths to accomodate you? Please. All you need is one set of sheets per bed and at the most 2 or three towels and maybe a washcloth if you're a washcloth guy.
Are you serious? Do you have reading comprehension problems?
Nowhere did I state I expected my friend purchase extra towels, sheets etc. He didn't even have enough to accommodate the amount of people he invited let alone the amount of beds he has in the house!
Most normal people own more than five or ten towels! WTF do you live, in a 200 square foot studio apartment? I live in a two bedroom apartment, my partner and I have about 12 sets of sheets and tons of towels and washcloths. Even if the laundry isn't done, we always have extra towels, washcloths and linens!
My friend owns a huge expensive house, that weekend it was filled with many guests bringing expensive house warming gifts and we all had to bring our own towels and bedding?!! He owns an eight bedroom house! Don't invite guests if you can't even provide sheets and pillowcases.
If you can't afford to decorate all your rooms, you have no business buying such a huge house. At least put sheets and pillowcases in the guest bedrooms! I was actually surprised he had the sense to have enough food and toilet paper!
As R131, so rightly posted, my friend did learn his lesson!
Once a week. Usually on Sunday mornings. After the sheets are changed and the bed remade, then I spread the Sunday newspapers out on the bed, pop in a British Mystery DVD, bring the pot of coffee in and enjoy my Sunday morning.
Body oils, bacteria and mold are some of the reasons to keep your towels and bedding clean. Plus, if you have difficulty sleeping it's important to make the bed inviting. Having fresh clean bedding is part of that.
R132 You're right, there's no excuse for not having enough towels or washcloths, it's not like you have to buy the most expensive going, a trip to Ikea is all it takes. They have 'guest towels' at Ikea that cost 49c each (here in the UK it's 20p). I keep a stack of them in the bathrooms and each time they are used they go straight in the laundry bin, it's like having reusable disposable towels. They also double as washcloths because they're a useful size.
If you're stuck for cash Ikea is the place to go.
Every other Saturday for me.
Another good question would be how often people replace pillows. The plastic wrappers are difficult to sleep on, but if you take them off, pillows get soaked with head oil and neck and shoulder sweat. Sometimes a pillow can still be wet from the night before when you go to bed. I try to replace my head pillow every couple years but in between I try to avoid touching my face against it so as not to get skin breakouts.
4x a year sounds about right.
I change the sheets once a week for the household and I have about 4 sheet sets for each bed and I try to rotate them to keep the wear down.
Comforters and bedspreads I launder every three weeks and I have a few to spare in the linen closet should I need one quickly.
I use zippered pillow case covers on my bed pillows and was them weekly as well.
You should have at least two sheet sets in case something happens to one set while your using it.
R138, as mentioned before there are inexpensive pillow protectors and you should use them. You can usually wash poly and down pillows. Read the instructions on the label or Google.
[quote]What kind of tiny washing machine do you have that 4 sets of sheets wouldn't fit???
Do you sleep in a twin bed?
My partner and I sleep in a king-sized bed with six pillows (4 standard and two king). The entire set just about fits into our washing machine, which is a standard American top-loading model. I can't imagine stuffing even just one other set of sheets, let alone three.
If you're not sleeping on a twin and don't have some sort of industrial-sized washing machine, there's no way you can fit 4 fitted sheets, 4 top sheets and a minimum of 8 pillowcases into one load. I mean, I'm sure you could stuff them all in, but there would be little room left for water, your sheets would not get remotely clean, and you'd probably break your washer within a year if you keep it up.
Honestly, I don't know how some of you function.
You can change them?
[quote]I think the more interesting question is what are you once a weekers doing on your sheets? Even if you have sex every night, nothing is leaking out and flying around that much to justify weekly sheet washings.
What are we doing? Having sex, farting, drooling in our sleep, sweating, oozing precum during wet dreams, masturbating, sitting naked after a shower to clip nails or put socks on, falling asleep with our day-old street clothes on...oh and the cats practically live on those sheets.
So, yeah...once a week for me!
Have you ever wondered where dust comes from? 90% of it is dead skin. You're a fool if you think washing sheets once a week is excessive.
R138 I replace pillows at least every 12 months but sometimes more often if they seem icky. You can put them in the drier on high for 30 minutes each week, that'll kill any dust mites that may be lurking but really, if they're so bad you don't want your skin to touch them, replace them.
I have allergies so I don't like to get too long between changing pillows, but for everyone it really shouldn't be more than a year. Think of all the dead skin, sweat, oil, cat fluff, assorted funky stuff that can be accumulating even through protective covers.
Don't live in squalor bitches, clean your funky beds.
How anyone can justify changing their sheets less than once per week is beyond me. All one needs is two sets per bed, one to use and the second to alternate. Or just strip the bed and put the cleaned sheets back on. Cleanliness and health demand fresh bedding.
Then there is the idea of sleeping in funky sheets. Uggh! Can't imagine wanting to do that.
I only use white or off white bedding, sheets, blankets, comforters. The feel of crisp and clean bedding is just too wonderful. The bed is my sanctuary at the end of long days.
It helps to establish a laundry day. Even if you do small loads at other times pick one day to do bedding and towels. For me it's Sunday, otherwise I think it's easy to forget when I last washed my sheets.