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How Often Should You Wash Your Comforter?
Comforters are a great addition to any bedroom, providing warmth and comfort during chilly nights. But how often should you wash them? The answer may surprise you.
Why Should We Clean the Comforter
Did you know the average person goes through a new comforter every five years? We might think that our beds are a clean and cozy sanctuary and many have a protective cover on top.
But the truth is that our comforters can quickly accumulate dirt, sweat, and bacteria, meaning our beds can be quite dirty.
If you have any of these habits:
- Do you come home from work and plop down on your bed without changing clothes?
- Do you drool or sweat in your sleep?
- Do you neglect to wash your sheets and comforter regularly, especially in the summertime when you're sweating more?
- Do your kids wear shoes on the bed and crawl around?
- Do you scratch your head and then touch your bedding?
- Do you eat snacks, takeout, or watch TV in bed?
- Do you neglect to wash your stuffed animals that live on your bed?
- Do your pets sleep, play, and run around on your bed?
These habits can introduce bacteria and dust mites into your bedding, either directly or indirectly. The dirt and grime that falls onto your sheets and comforter can become a feast for these microscopic creatures. In fact, if you were to examine your bedding under a microscope after a week without washing it, you would likely be horrified by the number of bacteria lurking there.
How Often Should You Clean Your Comforter
You should wash your comforter every three to six months. However， first lay out some ground rules. You should probably wash your bedding more frequently if you have pets that sleep on your bed or if you're prone to spilling food and beverages (we won't judge).
On the other hand, you can definitely get away with washing it less frequently if you're a neat freak who takes a shower before bed and sleeps in a hazmat suit. Your habits need to be fully considered.
In our opinions ，not every day or every week, but once every three to six months. Of course, you should wash it more quickly if you spill something on it or smell something off.
The Dangers of Not Washing Comforters
1.We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and during that time, our bodies produce sweat and shed dead skin cells. These bodily fluids and skin cells accumulate on our bedding, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites. Not washing our bedding regularly can have serious consequences for our health.
2.According to research, the average person produces about 200ml of sweat during 7-8 hours of sleep. This sweat seeps into our bedding, providing the perfect environment for bacteria and dust mites to thrive. Over time, this can lead to various illnesses and allergies.
4.In hot and humid environments, dust mites and harmful bacteria can multiply at an alarming rate. This can cause skin irritations and respiratory problems. Women who don't wash their bedding regularly are also at risk of developing gynecological issues.
If you're unsure whether your bedding is infested with dust mites, here are some signs to look out for:
- Increased oil secretion on your face.
- Dust accumulation on your bedding.
- Failure to wash your pillows, sheets, and blankets for over three months.
- Unexplained itching while sleeping.
Now go forth and enjoy your freshly washed (or not-so-freshly washed) comforter with the knowledge that you're doing it just often enough to not be gross.