- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 4:36PM
How often do you wash your sheets? Let's be honest, some of us are pretty guilty of very rarely doing so...
However, a laundry expert has revealed that sleeping in dirty linen can be far more sinister than just putting up with stinky sheets.
Mary Marlowe Leverette, a fabric care expert, says that sleeping in an unclean bed can be detrimental to our health.
Speaking to ATTN she said: "During sleep, we continue to perspire, and body oils and soil are released. It is possible to find saliva, urine, genital fluids, and fecal matter in the fibers.
"If the (sheets) are not washed regularly, and the occupant has scratches or wounds, they can be come infected. Athlete's foot and other fungi can be transferred from fabrics."
"Infrequent cleaning of sheets and pillowcases allows the fluids to seep into the pillows and mattresses, and those are much more difficult to clean than tossing sheets in the washer."
Yuck... just because we can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there!
Leverette recommends we wash our sheets once a week, otherwise avoiding regular washing, means the dirty linen can infect other parts of the bed.