Self-Care Challenge (Day 139): Changing the Sheets

On day 139 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored changing my sheets as a simple act of self-care.

Clean sheets are hard to beat. Melting into soft, freshly washed linens after a long day is nothing short of blissful.

But how often should you wash them?

A quick web search turned up opinions ranging from every other day to once a month — and, as one person who posted on a message board puts it, “It depends on what’s happenin’ between em, if you know what I mean.”


Whether you shower after workouts, eat in bed, are recovering from being ill, wear creams or lotions to bed, allow your pets to sleep with you, or sleep in your birthday suit, all factor into the equation. But regardless of what you are doing (or not doing) between the sheets, there could be some unpleasant things lurking in there. Bacteria, for one.

One study found that vancomycin-resistant enterococcus survived on hospital linens for 11 weeks, and other bacteria have been found to linger in similar studies as well. While our bedrooms may not pose the same hazards as a health care facility, it’s still something to consider.

So how often is often enough when it comes to laundering your sheets? Most experts say you should change them every week to two weeks. That makes sense to me. Changing my bed sheets every week or so has become part of my self-care routine – if nothing else, because it feels heavenly.

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