I try to wash my sheets every two weeks because I share a bed with my partner, and I hate the idea of sleeping in someone else's dirt. When I was single, I wasn't grossed out by sleeping in my own filth. I'm ashamed to admit this, but I used to go weeks without changing my sheets. But how often should you wash your sheets, anyway? Experts say you need to change them every one to two weeks, but a new survey says no one is doing it that much. The results are a bit horrifying but also a reminder that no one is perfect.
Bedding review site Mattress Advisor surveyed 1,000 people, and they found that no one is changing their sheets every week —or even every two weeks. The average person waits about 24.4 days, which is three weeks and three days. That's almost a month without sheet changing. It can be tempting to judge people who never change their sheets, but how often do you go in between washes? If you're honest with yourself, you probably aren't on the strictest sheet-changing regimen. I have a king mattress, and changing the sheets is a process. Even though I don't want to share a bed with my husband's dead skin cells, it's often easier to go to sleep than to deal with my laundry. But after reading through this study, I'm tempted to strip my bed even though I literally washed my sheets two days ago.