Summer, is synonymous with heat and sweat. That is why, especially at this time of year, it is important to pay even more attention to personal hygiene. Many people tend to underestimate the importance of changing bed linen, pyjamas and towels frequently.
In fact, on the sheets, especially in the summer, sweat, dead cells, hair and bacteria are deposited, as well as on the towels, which remain wet after use. So let’s see how often to change sheets, pyjamas and towels to avoid health problems…
Sleeping in a fresh and clean bed is the first step to avoid health problems. In fact, you can often happen to wake up with a stuffy nose or irritated skin, problems that could be caused by poor hygiene of the bedding and become the alarm bell that something is wrong.
In fact, a great deal of research has established that there are many microbes and bacteria in the bed, many of which are produced primarily by us, through sweat, coughing and sneezing, or with vaginal and anal secretions. During sleep, moreover, flakes of skin are lost, the main nourishment of the mites that hide among the sheets, which proliferate thanks to the heat given off by the body and to the humidity caused by sweat. To this mix of microbes are added animal hair, mites, fungi, creams and cosmetics residues as well as residues of food consumed in bed.
A good care of the hygiene of the household linen is therefore fundamental to cope with all these germs and avoid annoying consequences.
When to change the sheets
If we do not want our bed to become a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria, the sheets must be changed once a week, especially in summer when light pyjamas are used and the skin remains in direct contact with the fabric.
In summer, it is good to change the pillowcases twice a week: in fact, a study revealed that, after a year and a half of use, up to 17 different types of mushrooms can be found in the cushions.
It is good to then wash the sheets and pillowcases separated from the rest of the laundry to no less than 60° and add three or four tablespoons of vinegar to the detergent, a powerful antibacterial. Never put them damp in the closet, because in doing so you risk promoting the proliferation of mites and microbes. Another trick against mites, surely loved by the lazy, is not to make the bed as soon as you wake up, leaving sheets and blankets to air.
When to change pyjamas and towels
To prevent them from becoming a nest of bacteria, pyjamas and nightdresses should also be changed once a week.
Frequently changing towels is even more important: in fact, being wet, they are the ideal environment for bacteria to proliferate. For optimal hygiene, the whole set of towels should be changed every 2/3 days, while the bath towels and bathrobe at the latest after a week. You can take advantage of the warm weather to dry them in the sun after each use, so as to eliminate the moisture problem. It is important to remember that towels must be personal for each family member.
Here are some more tips for optimal cleaning:
- uses natural and breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen;
- occasionally ventilate the mattress, turn it upside down and clean it with a vacuum cleaner;
- take a shower before going to sleep;
- do not eat in bed;
- never get into bed with wet skin and hair;
- do not lean or lie on the bed with clothes worn during the day;
- in the morning open the windows to air the room and wait a while before making the bed again.