Think about the feeling of sheets fresh from the dryer, while they’re still warm and smell like clean laundry soap. It’s such a small thing, but so comforting. With that in mind, how is it that so many of us forget to change our sheets, when that’s the reward? Life gets busy and those seemingly small details can easily fall through the cracks and, before you know it, it’s been a month and your sheets are still unwashed. Yuck! If you’re unsure just how frequently your sheets — or any other laundry — should be washed, take it from the pros. Clean Away Maids offers a professional laundry service, so we know what we’re talking about!
We track in a lot of dust and other small particles, and even if you shower at night, you’re still trailing a lot of that into your bed. Sheets should be washed at least once a week to clean away the dust, pollen, dead skin, and sweat that collect in your sheets while you sleep. If you’re prone to environmentally-based allergy issues, you may even want to increase the frequency.
The other aspect that many forget about are the pillows, blankets, and other linens on the bed. They don’t need to be washed as frequently, but they can still collect a lot of airborne particles and affect your health. We suggest washing your comforters, pillows, and other bedding a couple of times a year — and more frequently if you have a furry pet that hops up on the bed. For things that can’t get drenched, going through a cycle in the dryer on high heat can help freshen them and kill bacteria.
This is one you probably know: your jeans do not need to be washed every time you wear them. Well, unless you’ve spilled your lunchtime barbecue, that is. As long as you avoid spills, splashing through mud puddles, or any obviously dirtying things, you can reasonably go four to five wears between washes. This helps prevent your jeans from wearing out too quickly. In addition, it’s generally better to let your jeans air dry as much as possible, as the heat of the dryer can also cause them to wear more quickly.
Just as with jeans, there isn’t really a need to wash your bras after every time you wear one. That could get overwhelming pretty quickly and, as with jeans, cause them to wear out faster. Bras should be washed every three to four wears, or more often if they get sweaty. It’s also a good idea to have a few on rotation and give your bras a 24-hour break between uses to help the elasticity recover and last longer.
Your pjs are another thing you don’t have to worry about washing after every use. It’s generally a safe guideline to wash them about as often as you wash your sheets, or slightly more frequently. Of course, if you tend to sweat in your sleep, you might want to swap out your pajamas a bit more frequently.
Sweaters, vests, and all those other clothing items that get layered over other items are also safe to go a few uses between washes. Similar to jeans, as long as they aren’t stained or sweaty, you can probably go four to five uses between uses.
Proper care of your clothes and linens can help them last longer. Getting everything on a regular cleaning schedule can also help improve the air quality of your home. Though, with as busy as life gets, that can be hard to track. Contact Clean Away Maids today to learn more about our linen care and laundry service in Greensboro!