Sleeping on Dirty Sheets Can Wreck Your Skin
When was the last time you washed your sheets? If it’s been longer than about a week, there’s a good chance you might be sleeping on a petri dish. Between washes, your bed sheets harbor all kinds of gross things, including sweat, dead skin cells, saliva, hair, pet fur, bacteria, and fungi like dust mites.
When left to grow, these things can trigger allergies or asthma attacks. They can also cause skin infections, irritate skin conditions like eczema, and clog pores, leading to acne. To avoid this, strip your bed and wash your sheets in warm or hot water once a week. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to wash your sheet, especially your pillowcases, more frequently. And while you’re at it, toss your blankets into the wash every month or two.