For years, experts have always said that we never go to bed alone in that real sense because in between our sheets and beddings, thousands of microorganisms thrive and make the bed their home.
These microorganisms aren’t harmful to most people. But just the same, the sheets, mattress and the bed requires regular cleaning, as the process adds to the comfort we get when we go to sleep.
The frequency of cleaning the bed varies from person to person but, ideally, and as recommended by a microbiologist in New York University’s Langone Medical Center, beddings and pillowcases need to be washed weekly so that it is rid of any “debris that has accumulated in the bed for that week”.
These debris include our dead skin cells, lints, fiber, insect parts, animal hair, cosmetics residue and a lot more. When we perspire in bed, or eat there as you watch TV, plenty of debris fall on the sheets and contribute to its soiling. The mattress, for instance, is a so called “debris-gravity” which absorbs debris even right to the core. If you don’t provide proper mattress covering, ignoring this can eventually lead to the development of allergy.
Lastly, it’s best to clean sheets using warm water, as this is most effective in killing germs.