Here’s How Often You Should Wash Your Bedsheets — Unless You’re Fine Sleeping In Filth

When was the last time you washed your bed sheets? If you can’t remember, that’s disgusting. If you do remember but the date wasn’t sometime this month, that’s also disgusting.

Think about all the things that happen in bed — the fluids, juices, drips, ass rips and everything happening underneath the comforter. It’s pretty gross to imagine sleeping in that same filth for month after month. I mean homeless people have to, but you don’t.

Esquire’s resident clean freak, Jolie Kerr, has a handy guide to the number of times a month the bedsheets should get laundered or changed.

Here’s how the sheet-washing scale goes:

Once a Week: Ideal
Once Every Two Weeks: Totally Acceptable
Once a Month: That’s Fine. Not Good. Just Fine.
Once Every Six Weeks: Dicey
More Than Two Months: [CLUTCHES PEARLS]

You should take that scale in good humor, because that’s how it’s intended.

Kerr also explains that certain factors contribute to having to wash the sheets more — sleeping naked, sleeping with another person, sleeping with many people who’re strangers — and when you can wash them less like if you wear clothes to bed or shower before sleeping.

I’m a relatively neat person and I think every few weeks should be fine. Unless you’re a complete scumbug. In that case, you probably didn’t click on this article.

[via Esquire]

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