EXPERTS REVEAL THE STOMACH-CHURNING REASON YOU NEED TO LAUNDER YOUR LINENS ONCE A WEEK

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EXPERTS REVEAL THE STOMACH-CHURNING REASON YOU NEED TO LAUNDER YOUR LINENS ONCE A WEEK

Nothing feels like getting into bed on a clean sheet but that is a habit rarely cultivated.

However, a laundry expert has revealed that sleeping in dirty linen can be far more sinister than just putting up with stinky sheets.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, a fabric care expert, says that sleeping in an unclean bed can be detrimental to our health.

She said: ‘During sleep, we continue to perspire, and body oils and soil are released. It is possible to find saliva, urine, genital fluids, and fecal matter in the fibers.

‘If the (sheets) are not washed regularly, and the occupant has scratches or wounds, they can become infected. Athlete’s foot and other fungi can be transferred from fabrics.’

Mary added that without regular washing, dirty linen can infect other parts of the bed.

‘Infrequent cleaning of sheets and pillowcases allows the fluids to seep into the pillows and mattresses, and those are much more difficult to clean than tossing sheets in the washer.’

For a hygienic sleep Mary recommends that people wash and change their sheets once a week to keep them fresh.

But it seems that the public is reluctant to commit to regular washing as in 2014 it was revealed that one in ten people don’t change their sheets more than once a month.

In a survey about household habits, 35 per cent of adults said they changed their bed linen once a fortnight.

Just over a third made sure to wash their sheets once a week.

And one in ten, identified in the poll as ‘au naturels’, confessed they didn’t bother to throw their linen in the washing machine more than once a month.

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