To only wash my bedding ...

(219 Posts)
Froggy2013 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:48:25

Every 2 weeks?

King size and junior double sheets, duvet cover etc., which I iron. Plus spare bed maybe every 4 weeks (me/DH spend the odd night when we are having problems sleeping/have visitors staying over). Can't understand how other mums manage to get everything washed, dried and ironed in a week?!

Am I manky?

KitchenandJumble Sat 20-Apr-13 21:50:54

I wash and change the bedding once a week religiously. On Sundays, instead of church. grin

But I don't iron anything.

Stangirl Sat 20-Apr-13 21:51:10

Excellent - these threads always kick off and I normally "win" with my mankiness. So, I shall wait until there's a few replies then shall trump them all with my terrible bed linen hygiene.

Oh and YANBU.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sat 20-Apr-13 21:52:13

You should do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If you're not filthy when you get into bed and don't sweat excessively then you're fine.


But please, forget the ironing. Life's too short!!


I wash mine twice a week. But then I do share my bed with numerous cats so I don't have much choice. I never iron anything though.

I wash mine when it takes itself to the washing machine grin

ceebie Sat 20-Apr-13 21:53:07

I wash them when I suddenly realise I can't remember when I last washed them.

nellyjelly Sat 20-Apr-13 21:53:36

Yep fortnightly here.

Floralnomad Sat 20-Apr-13 21:53:42

At least weekly here but I only iron the pillow cases everything else goes to the ironing lady . I have 1 king size and 2 doubles to change and I never do more than 2 on one day .

apostropheuse Sat 20-Apr-13 21:53:51

You really iron bed linen? Wow that's impressive!

I change my bed weekly, but never iron the stuff. Oh no.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 20-Apr-13 21:53:53

grin Binky

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Apr-13 21:54:41

Most people sweat a litre of fluid at night

just thought I'd mention it

MaureenMLove Sat 20-Apr-13 21:55:00

lol @ Stangirl. Love it!

I wash them every week, but I do only have one bed to do - mine! DD is a law unto herself. I mention to her every couple of weeks that she ought to do some washing, then about a fortnight later, she does! grin

Euphemia Sat 20-Apr-13 21:55:08

I would like to change them weekly, but the weather's not good enough to have the bedding AND the clothes washed and dried in the same weekend.

Hassled Sat 20-Apr-13 21:55:08

Weekly here - there's nothing nicer in the world than getting into a bed with clean sheets. That's why I love hotels.

Emmabr Sat 20-Apr-13 21:55:25

Weekly and iron it or I feel skanky.

I aways find i sleep better when my linen has a layer of crustiness. The mattress is a lot firmer.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 20-Apr-13 21:57:05

There is no way I sweat a litter of fluid a night or I would have disappeared before now (ie longer than a week between washes)

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 20-Apr-13 21:58:19

Btw I would love to have clean sheets every day but money will not allow

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 22:00:05

GetOrf, where art thou?

She trumps everyone on this thread.

Haylebop12 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:00:55

I try for once a week but wouldn't stress is if was once every two weeks because of drying them.

NEVER iron!

Yes, you are manky.

Froggy2013 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:02:01

So funny .. Yes I might wait until my bed linen takes itself to the washing machine!

Problem is - everything we have is white. And we are a "bed family" (mainly because our sofa is falling apart) - so snacks and desserts get eaten in the big family bed ... Whose bedding is now only a week old but already stained with chocolate and honeycomb ...

My friend only irons pillowcases too - why?! Help my OCD personality understand ... !

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 20-Apr-13 22:02:55

I am manky and wash the bedding as and when. Usually about once a month. But it is my mank and so I am not fussed

DottyDot Sat 20-Apr-13 22:03:12

We rotate bedding changes with 2x ds's, so each set of bedding gets washed once every 3 weeks.

<winning mankyness award so far>

Guntie Sat 20-Apr-13 22:03:33

I weekly and iron as well. I am pretty sure most people dont sweat a litre a night. Unless you all get up to a lot more than me in bed blush

I thought this was interesting.

DottyDot Sat 20-Apr-13 22:03:37

Damn it - cross posts!

I wash them when I suddenly realise I can't remember when I last washed them.

^ Yep, that ^

Although in the Summer I think my bed linen definitely gets washed more, love the smell of line dried clothing. Bit of a trudge up and down the stairs to do it (as I live in a flat) but worth it in good winds or sunshine.

I'm not a sweaty person really, I have no cats or dogs and sleep in a bed on my own. I definitely washed my sheets loads more when married but he was a sweaty old thing wink

If its covered in chocolate just suck it. You should then be able to get another week out of it grin

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 20-Apr-13 22:04:14

I change the bedding for some of my clients and fortnightly is pretty common.

Kubalai Sat 20-Apr-13 22:04:34

Weekly for our bed, on a Sunday, and dds alternate weeks unless obviously dirty.

I wouldn't iron bedding ever!

Where's GetOrf?!?!

Zappo Sat 20-Apr-13 22:04:35

Intrigued as to what Stangirl will admit to.

I rarely change my bedlinen. I do it when I spill something on it or DC is sick on it and when it starts to look grubby. No official time scale maybe every couple of months, sometimes more.

I may be manky but I love the smell of lived in sheets.

I have never washed my duvets ( I have some that are older than my children).

ChippingInLovesSpring Sat 20-Apr-13 22:04:40

Nah - it's just about OK smile I do mine at least weekly, mostly twice a week in summer. I love fresh sheets.

I sometimes iron them - the rest of the time I have a life wink

Still18atheart Sat 20-Apr-13 22:05:26

Every two weeks is the norm in this household too

slatternlymother Sat 20-Apr-13 22:06:39

Problem is - everything we have is white. And we are a "bed family" (mainly because our sofa is falling apart) - so snacks and desserts get eaten in the big family bed ... Whose bedding is now only a week old but already stained with chocolate and honeycomb ...

You must have very good DC! My DC would TRASH my bed!

I wash and iron weekly, twice a week if I'm on. Same with towels. The ironing (with razor sharp creases down the centre!) is a throwback from military training.

Feelingood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:07:35

Peeelease, the regularity of this thread is exactly how many actually change there sheets.

Every two weeks here. I think they just start to feel a bit lived in on about day 12. Don't have time to do it more often.

Feelingood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:08:08

Fuck off I know it should be their.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:09:12

Every one to two weeks, but only because my cleaning lady comes once a week and I don't want her to think we are gross- I change them for her coming.

Talkinpeace Sat 20-Apr-13 22:09:24

I thought one just bought new sheets regularly

OhTheConfusion Sat 20-Apr-13 22:10:44

I have three DC's so 1 x king bed, 1 x double (spare room), 2 x Single and 1 cotbed... I love fresh sheets but hate changing the bed.

I change our bed and the cotbed one week, then the two singles the followiing week. I only change the spare bed after someone has used it... so can be anything from weekly to 6 monthly!

peacefuleasyfeeling Sat 20-Apr-13 22:10:52

Fortnightly and never, ever iron, bedding or anything else for that matter. DH does his own ironing when he feels inclined.

Feelingood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:10:53

Well how often do you wash sofa covers? Bet they have plenty sweaty bottoms on them, does that ever get discussed

Euphemia Sat 20-Apr-13 22:12:42

We have leather sofas - nicely seasoned by bums. smile

MagzFarqharson Sat 20-Apr-13 22:12:47

I never wash bed linen, but buy new every 6 months - whether it's needed or not.

pigsDOfly Sat 20-Apr-13 22:12:54

Surely if we all sweated a litre a night we'd all be sloshing about by morning. Where would it all go?

Euphemia Sat 20-Apr-13 22:13:24

Litre a night bollocks - that's a myth

AlanMoore Sat 20-Apr-13 22:13:43

I aim for weekly but have no tumble dryer so in winter sometimes it's two weeks. I envy GetOrf though, I aspire to that and if time/space/money allow I may achieve it in future! Dcs had d&v recently and though that was awful I did like clean bedding every night smile

Bowlersarm Sat 20-Apr-13 22:14:41

Fortnightly. One week our bedding, the next week the DC's

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Apr-13 22:15:12

Eating bed is just grim. Unless you are an invalid.

AlanMoore Sat 20-Apr-13 22:15:47

I don't iron it though, I just fold it carefully (plus we have cheap ish poly cotton bedding which doesn't crease much - the m&s duvet cover is ace and looks ironed!)

Inertia Sat 20-Apr-13 22:16:03

Changed weekly, always ironed. I love fresh smooth sheets.

MrsDeVere Sat 20-Apr-13 22:16:43

I change them all at least once a week. I have a ton of stuff on my tastefully shabby chic bed so it take bloody ages.

But I only ever iron bed linen if I am in labour.

I love a clean bed. I hate dust mites. I have a thing about them. Bleiugh.

BackforGood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:18:32

I wash them when I suddenly realise I can't remember when I last washed them

^^ This, too.
Never iron - I mean, why would you ? confused

Weekly here but I heard on that OCD cleaner show that some people only change their sheets 3-4 times a year. Now that made my skin crawl and possibly think they'd just made that up. No-body could be that manky

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 20-Apr-13 22:19:14

Can someone please put me out of my misery and tell me what the hell GetOrf does?

imour Sat 20-Apr-13 22:19:23

no your not manky , wish i could be bothered to do mine that often smile

FatPenguin Sat 20-Apr-13 22:20:07

Once a week. Used to iron bedding, then realised I could use the time I spend ironing eating biscuits and drinking tea instead.

I think you breathe out a litre a night or half a litre maybe - which causes condensation. Don't think you sweat that much.

And, while you're at it, tell me why anyone would iron bedding? No one sees it except you and your nearest and dearest and it's wrinkled after one night's use. Madness.

KirstyJC Sat 20-Apr-13 22:21:56

When I can't remember the last time is about right here too. Although I do often chuck the pillowcases in the wash if I need to make it up to a full load, so we get the fresh laundry smell without having to do the whole lot. I can recommend it to all you wannabe slatterns out there!grin

MinnieBar Sat 20-Apr-13 22:25:03

Alliwant GetOrf changes her bed linen every day.

Every. Day.

She is a MN legend and benchmark wink

LazyMonkeyButler Sat 20-Apr-13 22:25:38

I think GetOrf changes the bed daily doesn't she?

nametakenagain Sat 20-Apr-13 22:26:09

I aspire to fortnightly (improving hygiene) but achieve about monthly (thereby saving the planet through unnecessary hygiene). Hah!

LazyMonkeyButler Sat 20-Apr-13 22:26:11


A legend indeed grin.

BriansBrain Sat 20-Apr-13 22:26:24

I googled sweat at night.

Adds to never google again spread sheet.

S k i n <boak>

Fishandjam Sat 20-Apr-13 22:26:57

Usually every fortnight (or longer) here. But I've recently started anti-Ds again and a side effect is a really sweaty head at night blush. So now the nice weather's coming at least I fucking hope so I will be washing weekly, and my pillows as well as the bedlinen. Tedious beyond belief.

But I LOVE the feeling of having just had a bath, putting on clean nightclothes, and getting into my bed made up with clean, crisp 100% cotton bedlinen (no polycotton nonsense in this house). Utter bliss.

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Apr-13 22:28:11

In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2-4 liters per hour or 10-14 liters per day

Grim, when you think you spend 8 hours in bed, wrapped up in a duvet. Most of that sweat will come out as you walk about, people sweat all day every day. At rest, in bed, the rate is less of course. Nonetheless you are sweating and shedding skin all night. I wont even go into other fluid deposits in a bed.

Stangirl Sat 20-Apr-13 22:29:30

Ok. There's been a few posts now......are you ready for this......

2-3 times a year.

Actually since the last reaction to me posting this caused such outrage I have reconsidered my position and it's probably every couple of months now. Oh and always changed if child or cat is sick on bedding.

MrsDeVere Sat 20-Apr-13 22:29:58

I have a special bed hoover.

It has a little light on it and a bangy thing to move the dust mite around so you can suck them up.

{happy sigh}

specialsubject Sat 20-Apr-13 22:30:28

when I got in the night before and thought 'hmm, clean sheets tomorrow'. Or there has been excessive sweatiness.

usually about weekly. Never iron, though. And thoroughly aired every day.

HoppinMad Sat 20-Apr-13 22:32:15

Yanbu, I dont keep track but on average its 3 weeks that I change mine blush
But now with a co-sleeping baby its probably more often, and sometimes every two days if we have sick or leaky wee nappies.

Ironing bedlinen is as pointless as ironing underwear. I mean who the heck is going to see it??

AuntieMaggie Sat 20-Apr-13 22:33:11

Every few weeks in the winter every week in the summer but then we wear PJs in the winter

AlanMoore Sat 20-Apr-13 22:33:22

My mum has 100% cotton bedding and I don't like the feel so ner ner!

KirstyJC Sat 20-Apr-13 22:33:28

<Applauds Stangirl>

AlanMoore Sat 20-Apr-13 22:34:34

Ooh MrsDV can you link to your Hoover? I'd like one of those!

YoniRaver Sat 20-Apr-13 22:34:55 of the reasons is I like the smell especially line dried and I would feel manky any longer

I dont routinely iron, though I do have cotton top sheets that are embroidered and iron them at the top as they shrink in

I believe someone on MN once sais six months for a change..wonder if that is Stangirl

crashdoll Sat 20-Apr-13 22:36:44

When I'm rich, I will employ someone to change my bed every day, so I get into clean, fresh crisp sheets every night. Lovely!

Salmotrutta Sat 20-Apr-13 22:37:40

I'm like Jackie Kennedy.

I insist on clean sheets twice a day.

not really

crashdoll Sat 20-Apr-13 22:38:01

P.S. I don't get why people iron bed linen. Then again, I don't get why people iron. I don't even own an iron.

AlanMoore Sat 20-Apr-13 22:40:39

I like ironing, just don't have time these days for anything but essentials.

Devora Sat 20-Apr-13 22:41:45

Weekly, though I don't beat myself up if I have an extra-busy weekend and it gets left for another week occasionally.

Very important to turn back the bed every morning, though - and open the window. If I haven't been able to do those I feel very bleugh.

Never, ever iron bedlinen: truly, who has the time for this?

Devora Sat 20-Apr-13 22:42:30

crashdoll, when my dd was about 3 she saw an iron and said incredulously, "Mummy, what's THAT?"

Shows how often she's seen me wielding one.

I want a special bed hoover. Where do I get one?

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 20-Apr-13 22:43:16

stan - arf at 'always changed if child or cat is sick on bedding'

MrsDeVere I am intrigued by your weapon of mass mite destruction. Can you link to it?

I change my bedding every week. I only have white cotton, and I wash it at 60, to KILL the mites. I do not iron. But - and here is the stroke of genius - I change my pillow case every day. So i get lineny freshness every night.

Ermmm, a litre weighs a kilo. I don't know anyone who loses 16kg a night!

CalamityJ Sat 20-Apr-13 22:47:09

Fortnightly. Even when DD has sicked up on it. Life's too short! Oh don't iron them either because I have an ironing lady

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 20-Apr-13 22:47:33

Oh MrsDV serious envy here. That sounds fricking amazing! Once you've hoovered a mattress with a see-through Hoover it's impossible not to get a bit obsessed.

Once a week ish here. No set routine but never go as long as 2 weeks. I don't have a tumble drier and only have one set of bedding for my bed but have never had an issue getting it washed and dried in a day. I just hang it over the landing, dries in no time.

DS is still in sleeping bags so change that and his sheet every 2 or 3 days. He has clean pjs every night though because I always think the have a whiff of wet nappy about them by the morning!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 20-Apr-13 22:48:13

Weekly here for our bed, fortnightly or when there is a leak of some kind for the DCs.
Sometimes more frequently in the summer.

I don't iron bedding, I do occasionally send the pillowcases with the shirts for ironing if they are mega-crumpled, but not often.

Fleecyslippers Sat 20-Apr-13 22:52:06

I've lived in this house for 2 years and can almost remember every single time I've changed my bedding grin

Kids are regularly done as I have a couple of bed wetters, occasional pukers and illicit dog smugglers angry

ThreeWheelsGood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:53:24

Every few weeks I guess. I imagine everyone who washes theirs once a week or more has either a tumble drier or space to let it hang dry? We live in a flat with no outdoor space, no tumble dryer. Hate hate hate having to find space to dry the sheet and duvet cover, especially in winter!

Fleecyslippers Sat 20-Apr-13 22:53:41

Meant to add, as kids, we had to change our bedding, including duvet covers EVERY day. I think my housework 'standards' are a direct result of that.

NandH Sat 20-Apr-13 22:54:51

litre of fluid a night?
dust mites

holy moley shock wish I never clicked of this thread, im fortnightly....although will now be weekly grin

I used to do mine daily when dp and i used to sex every night and got messy now it's probably once a month if that blush we just sleep in our manky bed because neither of us cba to change it it should be twice a week tho - that's how often i do the dcs unless ds has peed or puked or spilt milk etc..

steppemum Sat 20-Apr-13 23:07:50

please go back to page one and click on the link someone gave about sweating at night

YOU DO NOT SWEAT 1 LITRE per night. Not unless you sleep in a very hot room, or suffer form night sweats. And the liquid given off at night is mostly breathed out, so unless your head is under the duvet, it doesn't go onto your bedding.

And lots of those statistics about dust mites etc are banded about by people selling matresses.

Devora Sat 20-Apr-13 23:10:27

More than once a week = anal

Once a week = decent and proper and the natural order of things

Once a fortnight = pleasingly laid back and bohemian

Less than once a fortnight = fiendish slattern

I'm a fiendish slattern.
I usually aim for once a month but sometimes its a lot more often sometimes a bit less blush
Definitely more often in the Summer though and I don't iron anything.

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 20-Apr-13 23:25:13

Devora succinct and spot on.

I suggest posting that as the first reply on all the bed changing threads then none of us would need to bother posting!

hillbilly Sat 20-Apr-13 23:25:36

Weekly for ours and fortnightly for the kids. And it gets ironed. Not by me though grin

MsVestibule Sat 20-Apr-13 23:25:41

When I lived alone, couldn't afford to put the heating on in the bedroom and wore jogging bottoms and a fleece on bed, I could go for months without washing them - my body did not touch the sheets, ever, so they just didn't get dirty.

Now I'm married and sleep naked (sorry, TMI) it's still only once a month blush. I know it's not enough, but I just can't be arsed doing them more often. Maybe if I had a tumble drier...

KeatsiePie Sat 20-Apr-13 23:32:44

Devora also I love your summary, quite right.

Gentleness Sat 20-Apr-13 23:40:51

I've just started washing the top and bottom sheet once a week but leaving the duvet cover and protectors fortnightly (tho I'm not averse to leaving them up to a month if things get hectic). A much older friend gave me the hint and I can't believe I didn't think of this before!

KeatsiePie Sat 20-Apr-13 23:45:01

Good grief I wash the duvet covers about every 2 or 3 months. I don't think of them as getting dirty the way the sheets do. Plus the unbelievably maddening experience of wrestling a king-size duvet back onto a king-size comforter makes me want to just set the bed on fire and call it a day.

KeatsiePie Sat 20-Apr-13 23:45:46

Or rather, wrestling duvet cover back onto duvet. Or comforter cover back on comforter. These terms confuse me.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Apr-13 23:48:23

I don't think Devora's summary is at all accurate.

We keep getting these bedding threads on MN and those who change their beds less than fortnightly feel ashamed to post. But I bet they're the majority. And not fiendish or slatternly.

MsVestibule Sat 20-Apr-13 23:49:28

If I used a top sheet, I don't think I would ever wash my duvet cover again!!!

megsmouse Sat 20-Apr-13 23:50:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ComposHat Sun 21-Apr-13 00:03:49

we once when three months without a change although about every six weeks is about average. it just becomes a Mexican standoff as we both hate changing the bed.

I can't see the problem I get up and have a shower every morning, so why bother about ot being a bit grotty.

tigerdriverII Sun 21-Apr-13 00:10:07

I lurrrvve clean sheets and that lovely crisp feel. Not enough to change them more than once a month though. If I won the lottery, I would employ a sheet changer to put brand new sheets on every day.

Jan49 Sun 21-Apr-13 00:46:05

We change our sheets once a month and TBH they don't normally seem dirty after a month but we change them anywaygrin. No pets or eating in bed here. Definitely not ironed. I think I'd struggle to get them washed and dried if we changed them more often.

Chipstick10 Sun 21-Apr-13 09:08:18

Every ten days and I iron everything, even knickers.

Samu2 Sun 21-Apr-13 09:09:55

I am a fiendish Slattern

Although I do my kids more often as they smell, well the teen boy's do.

pigletmania Sun 21-Apr-13 09:13:45

Every 2 weeks. Holly you can't change your bedding every day!

OrangeLily Sun 21-Apr-13 09:14:39

About 10 days to for fortnightly and everything is ironed. I know MN is very anti iron but its amazing having crisp white sheets to slide in to. Looks so much better too. Our bedroom is my haven.

Can't stand people who don't wash guest linen in between guests! Gross.

SomethingOnce Sun 21-Apr-13 09:19:17

I'm curious to know if anybody irons their sheets on the bed?

I once saw it done on a TV programme about a minimalist hotel owned by some designer or other (might've be Anouska Hempel).

It's an aspiration, but since I've no idea where my iron is, I don't see it happening any time soon.

happyfreeconfused Sun 21-Apr-13 09:22:39

Is everyone being honest here?! I do mine about once a month but I have my bed to myself these days. When I had a partner it was definitely more because they were smellier. Children's bedding the same unless accidents/spillages of course.

Cat98 Sun 21-Apr-13 09:23:17

Ok - slattern reporting for duty. Bed gets changed every 2 months or so here! We haven't died yet..

Hulababy Sun 21-Apr-13 09:26:39

Ideally once a fortnight, sometimes more often, sometimes less frequently.

Spare bed gets changed when someone has used it and never in between.

ItsYoniYappy Sun 21-Apr-13 09:28:45

I changed mine on Friday and when I got in bed I though I may change them every day, they were still nice last night though, I have my others hanging out so will see if I cbarsed changing them again.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 21-Apr-13 10:14:43

How can someone with an "OCD personality" hmm allow snacks and desserts to be eaten in the "big family bed"? Do you all share one bed for sleeping, too? <nosey>

Laquila Sun 21-Apr-13 10:18:42

I change mine about once every 2-3 weeks, but if it was up to my husband it would literally never, ever happen.

I do iron bedding, God knows why, and also teatowels, but pretty much nothing else.

MsVestibule Sun 21-Apr-13 10:19:10

Can't stand people who don't wash guest linen in between guests! Gross. Couldn't agree more! I suspect my mother does this, but haven't found any actual proof yet angry.

ShowMeTheYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 10:20:00

Once a week on Sunday for all beds here.

Laquila Sun 21-Apr-13 10:20:49

Meant to add that my mother irons everything she owns, including knickers, but she is stark raving bonkers and also takes her own bedding away with her when she goes on holiday. (Sometimes I take a pillowcase as am often allergic to the super-strength bio powder they use in hotels.)

I wash them every Sunday. The sheets are on the dining table right now waiting to be taken up in fact.

Ironing bedsheets?!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 21-Apr-13 10:36:33

About once a fortnight. Who cares if it's manky? It's my mank. I have a shower when I get up. Certainly don't iron.

GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 21-Apr-13 10:38:09

Mostly laid back and bohemian, occasionally fiendish. Thanks Devora smile

Why are we all interested though? This thread has happened a bunch of times since I've been lurking on MN. Yet here we all are. I just read five pages of the thing. <<is mystified>>

ChippingInLovesSpring Sun 21-Apr-13 10:50:40

happyfreeconfused - why are you accusing people of lying?

threewheelsgood - I do mine either once or twice a week, sometimes more in summer. I don't have a tumble dryer and I don't have much inside space either - I just put them over an airer - generally somewhere in the way that has to be moved 90 million times, but such is life!

MrsDeVere Sun 21-Apr-13 10:54:36

If you google 'Bed vacuum' Amazon will come up with the goods. Mine is the red one but I got mine in Pound stretchers for 12 quid!! Oh the joy as I bought it home.

everlong Sun 21-Apr-13 10:56:54

Every Thursday or Friday.

Do not iron it though. That would be madness.

susiedaisy Sun 21-Apr-13 11:07:18

Every week to 10 days depending on when I get around to it and never ever iron it!!

Laquila Sun 21-Apr-13 11:10:16

Yeeeees, I sort of know it's madness to iron but I can't help it.

GiraffesandButterflies I KNOW!

dontyouwantmebaby Sun 21-Apr-13 11:12:39

Every week without fail usually Sunday or Monday morning.

I cannot bear to sleep in sheets that aren't clean and freshly laundered. I'd have clean sheets everyday if I had the time! Used to iron them but I don't anymore, not even the pillowcases.

Every bed was stripped this morning and the sheets are all out drying on the line as I type. It's a good feeling! grin

Weekly. DH and I are nekkid sleepers and DC are sweaty teenagers.
Also Hoover the beds.
Towels after single use.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sun 21-Apr-13 11:18:13

With a refluxy baby at the moment, about twice a week. Usually, weekly to three weekly, depending on when I remember.

Meglet Sun 21-Apr-13 11:21:31

Yanbu. I only do mine once or twice a month. I shower every evening and wear clean pj's every night, am single so there's no sex going on. Seems pointless changing it more often.

I don't really sweat in saunas, let alone in bed.

HerrenaHandbasket Sun 21-Apr-13 11:22:28

Another fiendish slattern here - every 6 weeks or so. DH says he likes our bed to smell 'lovely and nest-like' blush

By a curious coincidence I did put my foot down and change everyone's beds this morning (before seeing this thread, I hasten to add). I also obeyed the Mumsnet tip of placing duvet covers and pillowcases inside another pillowcase so now our linen cupboard is splendidly organised

<proud and not trying to make up for slatternliness at all, honestly>

GemmaTeller Sun 21-Apr-13 11:23:11

Strip and wash bedding every Saturday.

Snuggling up to watch a film in bed on Saturday night in new bedding followed by a lie in on Sunday = heaven.

Don't iron bedding though, fold it straight from the line and put in airing cupboard.

We have three sets of identical bedding so its always co-ordinated.

everlong Sun 21-Apr-13 11:23:41

Wasn't aiming my non ironing to you laquilla more convincing myself grin

OhTheConfusion Sun 21-Apr-13 11:25:47

MrsDeVere, I hope you are on commission. I have just ordered a bed vac and good ideas mattress deoderiser pack!

Moving house in a few weeks and I have just bought a fabric sofa so quite excited by this smile.

SavoyCabbage Sun 21-Apr-13 11:27:06

Three sets of identical bedding! That's genius. I've just started that thing where you put a compete bedding set in a pillowcase and was all smug about that.

ifancyashandy Sun 21-Apr-13 11:33:41

Every week. Duvet, sheet and pillowcases. Live in a flat and hang them over the doors to dry. Sleep alone and fresh bed linen is one of life's small but gear pleasures.

Fudgemallowdelight Sun 21-Apr-13 11:34:55

Every couple of months. Do i need to name change now in case i am having a heated discussion with someone about the MMR or something and the person wins the argument by saying "Well you only change your sheets every couple of months!!" grin

Shame MN doesn't have anonymous polls like another well known parent site, as we might see more MNetters are fiendish slatterns than will admit to it in the thread! grin

ComposHat Sun 21-Apr-13 11:36:32

Who buys white bedding? Why create unecessary work? Dark colours are the way to go. I mourn the fact you can't get dishwater grey bedding.

Haylebop12 Sun 21-Apr-13 11:45:45

conpos hence why my bottom sheet is blank and my quilt cover is dark red grin

Haylebop12 Sun 21-Apr-13 11:46:01


ifancyashandy Sun 21-Apr-13 11:48:11

Dark colours get all dusty. White all the way!

Beckamaw Sun 21-Apr-13 11:48:43

"More than once a week = anal."

We don't do anal in our bed, so we change the sheets once a week usually. grin

How can you possibly need to wash towels after one use?! Even hotels encourage you to use them more than once.

Laquila Sun 21-Apr-13 11:59:12

Beckamoor Hah! Very good.

Why has it never occurred to me before to put the bedding set in one pillowcase in the airing cupboard?! Genius.

Pretty much all my sheets and pillowcases are white, apart from some matching pillowcase/duvet sets - I think my mother drummed into me from an early age that if you didn't have plain white bedding that you could wash at an insanely high temperature then you would basically die horrifically in some kind of dustmite-related carnage. I do see that this is a bit mental, but it's just what you get used to, isn't it?!

ihearsounds Sun 21-Apr-13 12:00:28

Once or twice a week the beds get changed, when I don't work it gets done even more. Bedding can take as long as it wants to dry, have more than one set. Isn't that normal? Was always told to have 3 of everything - one in the wash, one in use, and one clean. It doesn't have to be a chore, you don't have to struggle either to get the quilt in the cover, you just make sure the cover is inside out when you take it off to wash.

It never gets ironed though. Neither does anything else. Haven't owned an iron in about 8 years.

Don't care if I'm anal. Prefer nice comfy, fresh bedding to smelly, manky hard sheets. Hate being ill for this reason. All I want is to curl up in a freshly made bed, but too ill and the sheets are horrid.

ihearsounds Sun 21-Apr-13 12:04:37

Towels used once as well. As soon as the towels get wet, bacteria starts to grow.
We also have our own towels as well. Have done this for years, when one of the dd's got a highly contagious skin infection. Because I am anal about towels, she quickly got rid of the infection and no-one else got it.

DoYonisHangLow Sun 21-Apr-13 12:05:04

I change mine every time a laundry thread is started on here and I realise its been rather a whole since the last time.

Same as how often I do my washing machine maintenance wash.

<skips off to change bed sheets>

DoYonisHangLow Sun 21-Apr-13 12:05:21

While, even hmm

GibberTheMonkey Sun 21-Apr-13 12:15:17

Ours probably borders on monthly
But I have four children, two who have nocturnal enuresis and one who is training. Means that a lot of days I have three beds to change and wash including duvets and pillows. I couldn't cope with more, I do about three loads a day as it is.

iclaudius Sun 21-Apr-13 12:35:52

Once a week here but I swivel it round half way through the week ( buttons at top end) it's a good tip folks feels surprisingly fresh!

I have an ironer who irons it

It's white like all my bedding and I have 10 beds in my house four of which are doubles or bigger. Who has the beef with white bedding and why??

OrangeLily Sun 21-Apr-13 12:39:07

I love laundry threads. Such a saddo!

I have pure white bedding because I was never ever allowed as a child. We don't really eat in bed so stays very clean.

The putting all bedding in a pillowcase doesn't work for me. Creases all my lovely ironed bedding.

(Yes I know there will be people shaking their heads at me).

The guest linen thing makes me rage, my Mum does this sometimes .... " Oh it was only Granny... She's very clean".shockshock

edwardsmum11 Sun 21-Apr-13 12:40:28

Every eight days here.

Sh1ney Sun 21-Apr-13 12:43:48

Oh my God StanGirl... why oh why? My brain cannot compute this grin

I change my bed twice a week and the kids once a week. Religiously. I shower every morning and bath every night but don't have OCD. I do, however, love being clean and fresh and the thought of months old bed sheets is just blee to me

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 21-Apr-13 14:14:37

Dark sheets show up, erm, marks though, don't they?! blush

We have a couple of sets of sheets each and j change them about every two weeks. Baby's cot bottom sheet much more frequently of course as it's covered in crusty snot quite often. if anyone cares! grin

Wellthen Sun 21-Apr-13 14:34:57

Every 2 weeks, towels the same. Although agree that each person in household needs their own towel. Find the idea of sharing slightly gross apart from with DP.

How often do people wash their pyjamas? That surely is the more important thing.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 21-Apr-13 14:38:52

Most people sweat a litre of fluid at night

Fortunately this is an urban myth, made up by mattress salesman.

slatternlymother Sun 21-Apr-13 15:09:27

All we have is white/very light coloured bedding because then you can wash it at 90 degrees and it won't run or whatever.

It irons beautifully, too grin

Love clean, crisp ironed bedding. I always put a razor sharp crease down the bottom sheet, then the duvet as well so that when you turn down in the morning, you've got one single line still running down the bed. Pillowcases also get done.

Euphemia Sun 21-Apr-13 15:17:47

Slatternly You last para is total gobbledegook. grin

slatternlymother Sun 21-Apr-13 15:26:16

Oh sorry blush

It looks like this but with a crease ironed on the duvet cover (lengthways) and a matching crease on the bottom sheet. When you turn the bed down, like in the link, the creases line up.

I think I win grin

Euphemia Sun 21-Apr-13 15:28:09

No, it's gobbledegook only because the idea of ironing bedding is alien to me! grin I think I'm the slattern!

Gerrof Sun 21-Apr-13 15:30:03

Haha you twats.

Yes I do change it every day in summer, every other day in winter.

I really believe you do sweat a lot at night, think that's why you weigh less in the morning. Plus I sleep with most on so it wold be a bit grim to keep sheets on for a week in that case if think.

Anyway I like clean sheets and it is nearly as quick to change the sheets as it is to make the bed anyway.

I only do my own bed, dd does her own once a week or so.

Gerrof Sun 21-Apr-13 15:30:18

Sleep with nothing on.

GilmoursPillow Sun 21-Apr-13 15:44:34

I've just started washing the top and bottom sheet once a week but leaving the duvet cover and protectors fortnightly

That's what I do. I love getting into a fresh, crisp bed but hate pissing about with the ginormous duvet cover.

Euphemia Sun 21-Apr-13 15:47:13

Top sheet? confused

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 16:11:06

Every week/ten days for ours, sometimes two weeks, never more. Kids every week (unless they've spent night(s) at GPs, in which case I add those days on!)
Spare bed when someone uses it

JerseySpud Sun 21-Apr-13 16:22:36

I wash our bedding once a fortnight-3 weeks, youngest DD's every couple of days as she likes stripping her nappy off and peeing. and eldest dd's once a week.

jollster Sun 21-Apr-13 16:24:20

Once a weekish but we have 5 cats. If I could be arsed, I would do every couple of days tbh.

When DS2 was born we had to move into a temporary holiday let for 10 weeks (building works) and had no cats. I was AMAZED how bed linen (in fact the whole house) was so much cleaner and less manky for SOOOOO much longer. I mean I love them and everything but they're a feckin pain. grin

Laquila Sun 21-Apr-13 16:31:47

Just spoke to my mother and mentioned this thread to her - asked if there was anything at all she doesn't iron, and she though for a moment and then said, "dust sheets".

Even I, a lunatic who irons teatowels, would have thought it went without saying that no-one in the whole wide world irons dust sheets...

fluffyraggies Sun 21-Apr-13 16:44:48

Once a week. More often if someone's been ill and feverish.

1 King, 3 singles.

DH and i sleep naked - and get up to a fair bit of shagging grin

The bed feels like it's in need of a change by day 4/5 IMO.

We lay on 4 layers of linen, mattress protector, 2 cotton flat sheets and then a fitted sheet to match the duvet cover. ( i hate the idea of a dirty sweat stained mattress - mine looks as fresh as new )

The whole lot all gets washed every week. Plus the 2 cases on each pillow (i hate a sweat stained pillow too) Plus the duvet cover of course.

I don't have a tumble dryer. I make allot of use of doors, airers and out door lines when it's fine.

EMUZ Sun 21-Apr-13 17:08:20

Bottom sheet and pillow cases once a week. Duvet gets flipped over at that time then changed every other week (all reversible covers)

Annoyed101 Sun 21-Apr-13 17:14:12

I do once a week but I don't iron anything

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 21-Apr-13 17:17:45

fluffyraggies- mental! That's a hell of a lot of washing. I can't manage our clothes for the week, let alone all that palaver.

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 21-Apr-13 17:19:12

Oh here she is.

It doesn't take just as long to make a bed as it does to change it you loon!

And put some pants on, you'll get worms wink

Gerrof Sun 21-Apr-13 17:40:55

Plus I have black cats.

I don't think what I do is normal by the way, and I don't judge others for changing sheets every week or whatever. I just really like the feeling of clean sheets and think it is worth spending the 5 or 10 mins a day changing them. I can put a duvet on freakishly quickly though, great big long orange tan arms.

Gerrof Sun 21-Apr-13 17:41:14

Orange tan?


Gentleness Sun 21-Apr-13 17:44:39

Am I imagining it or did someone on here post once that they replace their bedding every 3 months (or something). I mean REPLACE as in, throw the old out and buy new. I think MrsDeVere would need to come up with a new category for that level of commitment to clean.

tumbletumble Sun 21-Apr-13 17:46:38


RaspberrySchnapps Sun 21-Apr-13 17:49:45

Gerrof have you colour coordinated your arms to match your pans? <impressed>.

I do bedlinen weekly, DS more if needed (spilt milk/bedtime hot choc/occasional snot streaks). Is that acceptable or slovenly ?

MiaowTheCat Sun 21-Apr-13 18:41:35

What is this "iron" thing you speak of?

I change mine on the highly scientific basis of when it's a nice day and there's no neighbours doing bonfires or BBQs so I can get it on the line to dry.

expatinscotland Sun 21-Apr-13 18:43:05

Are you the family skivvy? Why are you doing all this on your own?

Don't iron them, either.

Once a week, and like Kitchen I do it on Sundays instead of church. Clean sheets are my religion.

sydlexic Sun 21-Apr-13 19:27:34

DH washes and irons the bedding once a week.

IsThatTrue Sun 21-Apr-13 19:41:20

Once every 2 weeks, ours and dc3 one week dc1+2 the next, unless obviously dirty.

It used to be less but I have changed my slovenly ways!

Elderwand Sun 21-Apr-13 20:02:20

Once a week.

bedmonster Sun 21-Apr-13 20:11:59

Our bed, weekly on a Sunday morning. All of it, sheet, mattress protector, duvet cover and 6 pillowcases. We both sleep with no clothes on. We have white bedding. Doesn't show sex stains, can wash really hot without running/fading. Have about 3-4 sets so not an issue if it doesn't all dry.
DDs beds, fortnightly.
DS cot sheet often gets changed twice or three times a week. He gets it all snotty (how?), and sometimes has a nappy leak through his pjs so his gets washed most often.

Moominsarehippos Sun 21-Apr-13 20:15:11

Weekly, ironed. And I have to slip into bed after a nice bath, in clean pyjamas with lovely clean toes. Ahhhh, nothing like it!

VerySmallSqueak Sun 21-Apr-13 20:18:35

Sniff test here.

Casualty Sun 21-Apr-13 20:20:48

I do mine religiously every Friday so it's all fresh for a Saturday morning lie-in. I leave the duvet hanging over the banister to air in front of an open window for a couple of hours before remaking it.

The DCs get done about every 2 weeks ish, never on a Friday as I don't think they'd appreciate it in the morning like I do!

Never iron though.

MrsDV I googled Amazon bed vacuum. I got this!! shock shock shock

Between this and the chastity belt thread my DH is going to either divorce me or do something much, much worse when he sees my internet history grin wink

cathers Sun 21-Apr-13 20:44:21

All beds get washed and fully ironed weekly here. Two king beds, 2 singles so I do one a day mon- thurs. Then have wend off!

Mominatrix Sun 21-Apr-13 20:50:54

White bedding only in my household. Changed between 1-2 times a week, depending on weather and illnesses. Everything changed (top sheet, bottom sheets, duvet covers) and washed at 90 (which is why I only buy white), and everything ironed. Thank goodness for the tumble dryer and my cleaner!

Several people in the family have dust mite allergies, and Ds1 seems to turn into a furnace when he sleeps.

Fairylea Sun 21-Apr-13 20:53:19

Once a week here. But I don't iron anything smile and I tumble dry it all so all done and sorted in a day smile

Thurlow Sun 21-Apr-13 20:55:41

About once a month. I know it should be more but it's just such an arse to do it.

EugenesAxe Sun 21-Apr-13 21:17:24

Whenever I see posts like 'AIBU to wash my bedding every two weeks?' my first thought is always that someone's stressing about being OCD. Then when I see all the 'Urghh yes YABU you skanster' responses I realise my mistake.

So between me and them, I'd suggest you were average and therefore NBU.

Really though, who gives a toss? If you get bedbugs or something then you'll change, but until then do what works for you. It's your little nest after all.

snooter Sun 21-Apr-13 21:23:51

Variable here. If we (us two or 15yo son) have been sweaty or someone notices the bit of duvet cover nearest their nose smells a bit yucky or if there are, ahem, stains, then the linen gets done. If no particular reason to do it then roughly every 3 weeks.

babanouche Sun 21-Apr-13 21:26:00

Oh jesus I haven't read this but I think I'm doing well if I wash them after my period. But the kids don't have periods so.....

evansthebread Sun 21-Apr-13 21:37:03

I can wash mine up to 4 times a week (I have a health condition that causes me to sweat like a Grand National runner). I used to love my expensive cotton bedding, but it would bunch up during my tossing/turning/sweating and hurt me (yep, pain condition, too).

I read somewhere about microfleece bedding so ordered a set. OMG! THE best thing I've ever bought! NO ironing, sweat just "flicks" off (yes, I know!), doesn't feel cold and wet when I get back in after a trip to the loo, dries in an hour on the line (if it needs that). Amazing stuff!

Oh yes, doesn't give sheet shock on cold nights, is warm and cozy and strangely enough, doesn't overheat me in the summer either.

I want my coffin lined with this stuff! It makes life much easier, so death will be a doddle!

PreciousPuddleduck Sun 21-Apr-13 21:41:36

Anywhere between fortnightly and double that eeeeek....

FatherSpodoKomodo Sun 21-Apr-13 21:47:13

Every few months. Sometimes more though. DS5 sometimes wets so his get washed more often.

They are due a wash now, I think that's next weekends job. I hate wrestling with duvets though, which is why I leave it.

Armi Sun 21-Apr-13 21:50:40

Fortnightly. It used to be once a week, pre-DD, but we're regularly up for hours at night with her so I reason the sheets will stay clean for longer.

Undertone Sun 21-Apr-13 21:52:20

Sleep on my own in long jammies and i air the bed thoroughly every day. Tbh the only time i would consider changing sheets more frequently than once a month is when i want to give myself a "lovely fresh bed" treat. On which occasions i also iron everything. The steam and heat makes the fabric feel and smell lovely.

Dreading summer. My flat is quite hot and it means i can't sleep under a duvet. sad

ivanapoo Sun 21-Apr-13 21:52:26

If I had a tumble drier I would do it a lot more often. That's all I'm saying...

MooncupGoddess Sun 21-Apr-13 21:56:40

I'm glad I found this thread, it's reminded me that I haven't changed my sheets since Easter. My goal is fortnightly for sheets and monthly for the duvet, but in practice it's a bit less than that. In my defence I am single (so no sweaty men or rampant shagging) and wear pyjamas.

SirBoobAlot Sun 21-Apr-13 21:57:08

Whenever I have to...

Every couple of weeks, though tend to change them more in the summer / if I'm having wonderful sex. grin

VerySmallSqueak Sun 21-Apr-13 21:58:59

Barbara I have read the description on that.

I am so very confused.
I would be shock possibly,or even blush if I could only work it out.
All I can say is that it certainly must get a bit sweaty and whiffy under all that nasty latex.

<bimbles back to sheltered life>

Doubtfuldaphne Sun 21-Apr-13 22:10:04

Every week for me
And my mum irons my sheets blush
I'm 33 blush

Gerrof Mon 22-Apr-13 12:28:29

I don't iron my sheets. I am not mad.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 22-Apr-13 12:51:30

Thinking that those who like a new towel daily (really don't understand that) and wash bedding more than once a week, must be doing washing constantly?

With the amount of washing my 14 month old produces, work uniforms and general washing I would be doing washing all the time.

I just can't be bothered. Don't even start me on ironing. Nothing gets ironed in our house.

nellyjelly Mon 22-Apr-13 18:20:38

Towels don't need to be washed every day. Think of the world's resources!

RustyBear Tue 23-Apr-13 07:23:53

I have an an infallible rule.

I change my bed linen the day before I spill my morning coffee.

Every time.

cleangreens Tue 23-Apr-13 22:41:03

Ugh vile bodies in beds and leaving the sheets for weeks/months eurgh cannot imagine anything more yukky. I change mine every week without fail.

Oh and air the bed every day- amen.

raisah Wed 24-Apr-13 02:25:48

weekly but i dont iron as I dry them off the upstairs bannisters or outside so all the creases fall out. I dont let dh touch them Otherwise they will need ironing! Keep a few spare sets of linen so you can change your bed weekly but you dont need to wash weekly.

MidniteScribbler Wed 24-Apr-13 02:56:50

I try for weekly, but more often it's fortnightly depending on how busy things are (and whether or not I'm in the mood to have an argument with the old dog about her preferred sleeping spot). I have a few sets for each bed, so I rotate them around.

MissFredi Wed 24-Apr-13 03:08:03

I am also manky. But as has been said before, it's my mank. On my side anyway. It's his mank on his side and he is also manky.

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