How often do you wash your bedding?

(68 Posts)
peachcake Sat 20-Apr-13 23:19:43

I have been trying to do mine and my four children's beds every week but finding it impossible and feeling guilty! How often do you honestly do yours and your children's? Hoping its less often than weekly so that I can have peace of mind!!!

GoingGoingGoth Sat 20-Apr-13 23:24:57

It depends on the weather as I don't have a tumble drier. So in the summer, it's weekly, but this time of year about once a fortnight.

chummymummy7 Sat 20-Apr-13 23:26:05

Gosh your standards are high. Or mine are low.blush I wash mine and two kids' bedclothes fortnightly unless any major spills occur in between.

BriansBrain Sat 20-Apr-13 23:32:25

One single on a Monday then another and another on Tue & Wed and then ours on a Thursday.

Wash and bung on spare with no ironing.

In reality it's once every 2 weeks and all done on a Saturday but when I wasn't working it was the above.

LeChatRouge Sat 20-Apr-13 23:32:41

Mine on Saturdays. Every bed here has at least two sets so plenty of time to dry them......

So tonight......a lovely fresh bed. I love getting into clean sheets.

My friend does it less often, she uses a top sheet as well as a duvet, so washes her sheets, but not her quilt cover IYSWIM.

MousyMouse Sat 20-Apr-13 23:39:06

every other week.
one week the dc's the other dh's and mine.
lots of airing in between.

Highschoolsweetheart Sat 20-Apr-13 23:42:20

I do ours on a Sunday, I have 2 sets for our bed so one comes off, and the other goes on. DD's gets done on a Friday she has 3 different sets and they just get rotated.

I don't have a tumble dryer so having an extra set or 2 is a good idea doesn't matter if it takes a while to dry then.

I also only iron the quilt cover once it's on the bed, makes life much easier

CointreauVersial Sat 20-Apr-13 23:46:23

DCs every two weeks.

Mine/DH's I do the sheet and pillow cases weekly (and flip the duvet), then the duvet every two weeks.

AdoraBell Sun 21-Apr-13 00:01:11

I aim for weekly, doesn't always happen though. Could you do a kind of rota, without making tons more work for yourself, maybe yours and 1 DC today and the rest tomorrow.

gobbin Sun 21-Apr-13 00:09:07


Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 00:10:00

Weekly. If I had four children I would dread it as I hate making up beds.

50BalesOfHay Sun 21-Apr-13 00:18:52

Nobody really leaves the same sheets on all week shock

Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 00:20:51

"Nobody really leaves the same sheets on all week"

Are you for real 50? We don't run a hotel or have an army of staff to do our laundry.

Clary Sun 21-Apr-13 00:21:57

Every week. I only have 3 DC tho. And DD likes to change her own which helps.

50Bales really? How often do you change yorus then?

50BalesOfHay Sun 21-Apr-13 00:28:58

Daily. I don't wear dirty clothes. I don't sleep in dirty sheets. It takes 5 mins a bed. I only wash duvets weekly though blush

Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 00:31:23

You change your bedding daily!!!? That's a bit OTT isn't it?

50BalesOfHay Sun 21-Apr-13 00:35:28

Each to their own, Bunbaker. I like clean sheets.

notso Sun 21-Apr-13 00:39:19

When I was working and had 2 DC I did them every week.

Now I'm a SAHM and have 4 DC I do them when I think they need it, or if there is a spillage/vom/snotfest.
DD 12 does her own but doesn't wash them.

50Bales what do you do in one night to make them dirty?

Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 00:40:50

My sheets are clean after one night. I want to know why yours get so mucky after one night as well.

50BalesOfHay Sun 21-Apr-13 00:42:43

Sweat badly due to menopause, since you ask, notso

OutragedFromLeeds Sun 21-Apr-13 00:43:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

abbyfromoz Sun 21-Apr-13 00:44:47

Weekly but.... I have to admit...
The cleaner does it blush
Although i launder the bedding! Hehe
If it was left to me i would try to do it weekly but might end up being fortnightly every now and then.

Clary Sun 21-Apr-13 00:46:31

Wow 50 bales you must spend a lot of time washing and ironing sheets.

I don't think I could manage that tbh.

happybubblebrain Sun 21-Apr-13 00:48:33

Less often than someone on MN starts a threat on this topic.

50BalesOfHay Sun 21-Apr-13 00:52:25

Wow, outraged, did you really mean to be so rude?

mathanxiety Sun 21-Apr-13 00:57:39

Weekly for us all (four at home right now). When DS is home there will be one more for the pot so to speak. I have a dryer and they get peeled off the beds in the morning and put back later the same day. I have no spare sheets. I do towels weekly too. Saturday is my big whites wash day. and thank god it's over

lauriedriver Sun 21-Apr-13 01:00:06

Who'd have thought even a topic on changing bedding could turn into throwing insults. Glad we don't all speak to people in real life the way people do on here, I'd be reluctant to leave the house if that was the case!!!

I must be a mucky Mary, prob change ours every 3(ish) weeks depending on how organised I'm feeling. Shame on me :-)

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 21-Apr-13 01:04:44

happybubble. smile

About what you said!

Cathycat Sun 21-Apr-13 01:07:37

Slightly longer!

Maryz Sun 21-Apr-13 01:16:03

I do mine every week or ten days, depending on the weather.

My children are teenagers now, so it's up to them. ds2 does his once a week, probably. dd does hers every so often. ds1, erm, I think he might have done his at Christmas.

But it isn't my problem. In this day and age, nobody dies from unwashed bedding, so don't worry about it.

peachcake Sun 21-Apr-13 09:11:16

Thank you ladies for all your replies, shame the thread had to contain some mud slinging, each to their own, it wasn't the intention to cast judgement on people just to get a rough idea of how often you realistically get round to the dreaded chore!! Thanks all x

spottymoo Sun 21-Apr-13 11:56:28

Once a week for ours and dds bed once a month for dss as he's only here every other weekend and I iron it all hate getting into a crumpled bed

Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 12:47:06

"In this day and age, nobody dies from unwashed bedding, so don't worry about it."

No, but in DD's case hers needs to be regularly washed at high temperatures to keep her clear of asthma and eczema. I don't iron sheets and duvet covers and they aren't crumpled.

Yonididnaedaethat Sun 21-Apr-13 12:58:20

My DS every day (bed wetter), DD gets done whenever she changes her bedding (she's nearly 15 so I never go in her room), mine gets washed about every 3 weekish.

BastardDog Sun 21-Apr-13 13:12:00

Varies, depending on how I've been with my night sweats. At best I wash the bedding twice a week, at worst fortnightly.

Kids are teens so they do their own. Dd weekly, ds probably every month to six weeks.

mamij Sun 21-Apr-13 19:48:18

Love fresh sheets, and aim for weekly, but more likely every 10 days or so. More often if DDs are ill or sick.

carolinecordery Sun 21-Apr-13 20:29:56

Blimey, mine get changed when they look dirty, every couple of months probably.

HoneyStepMummy Mon 22-Apr-13 16:53:17

Once a week. I strip the beds, throw the bedding in the wash, tumble dry it, then back on bed. I never iron sheets. Our duvet goes to the drycleaner a few times a years, kid's go into the wash every few months.
Dirty sheets never killed anyone, but bed bugs are on the rise and so are dust mites!

Doughnutmaestro Tue 23-Apr-13 22:57:51

Whenever I think of it, which ill admit isn't often on average I'd say once a month, ds is nearly two and his is slightly more regular.

Beamur Tue 23-Apr-13 23:02:27

Weekly but I don't have a set 'day' so it could be a couple of days more, not less though.
If anyone is unwell or sweaty (like DD has been lately with a cold) I would change more often.
DSD came back from Uni after the first term having not changed his sheets for the whole term...!!! He kindly brought them home to be washed - whilst they smelt pretty stale, they were not as minging as I was expecting! I did wash them twice on a hot wash before they smelt properly clean again grin

tabbycat15 Thu 02-May-13 09:28:37

I change all of ours weekly but on different days. 1 queen size bed & 3 singles. I am in Australia & can get them dry on the line all your round. If we have a really hot night I might change them again the next day.

musickeepsmesane Thu 02-May-13 09:38:24

Can I ask about ironing them on the bed?? Is that not really difficult as quilt is soft and I think some of my quilts would maybe melt (cheap). Also, I recently bought a clothes steamer which is useless and I wondered if I used it after bedding is put on the bed would it smooth the bedding and kill mites at the same time? Any shortcuts appreciated co I is a lazy bisom!

OrbisNonSufficit Thu 02-May-13 10:14:42

I aim for weekly. Reality is more like fortnightly. Duvet less often as we use a top sheet so it doesn't really get dirty, usually monthly.

I'm in awe of the amount of effort daily sheet changes would take (that's two loads a day just for sheets!)... 50bales how do you find time?

Bananasinfadedpjs Thu 02-May-13 10:34:52

Once a week for me and DH.

It was once a fortnight for the 2 kids, but DD1 has started wanting to "help" me change them, and wants to do hers every week at the same time too.

I have 3 linen sets for each bed, and plenty of drying space, so I don't have to worry about drying times. I do try to iron them all before putting them away in the airing cupboard, but that often doesn't happen.

putyourhatonsweetie Thu 02-May-13 12:32:35

weekly. sometimes I lie on internet chat forums

freddykins Thu 02-May-13 15:54:44

Oh my goodness! I only change our bed when I remember ... about once a month in winter, every couple of weeks in the summer? But our LO (6 days old!) has had a clean Moses basket bottom sheet almost every day, just from a bit of spitting up.

noddyholder Thu 02-May-13 15:55:43

Every weekend and pillowcases every other day

wiltingfast Thu 02-May-13 15:55:53

Monthly if I'm lucky.

Prob less for the kids!

Def don't iron any of it.

smoothieooo Thu 02-May-13 16:03:02

Every 2 weeks (although I may do it more regularly as the weather gets warmer). It's so much better since I got DS1(14) and DS2(13) to change their own sheets as part of their (paid) chores.

Off topic but Music - I haven't heard/seen the word 'bisom' for years (something my mum used to say all the time - 'ya dirty wee bisom')

smoothieooo Thu 02-May-13 16:03:45

... and not a chance I would ever iron any bedding whatsoever. Life is too short.

noddyholder Thu 02-May-13 16:04:54

Iron it? Faints! I have all white cotton so it can all be bunged in together and towels too Makes life so much easier

flipchart Thu 02-May-13 16:05:49

All the beds get done on Sundays and Wednesdays.

usualsuspect Thu 02-May-13 16:07:35

Once a year.

olivertheoctopus Thu 02-May-13 16:10:05

Fortnightly. Am relieved to see that's pretty common as I was worried people would be saying "oh every week without a doubt"

wizzchick Thu 02-May-13 16:10:07

Methinks life is too short to spend laundering bed linen smile

Although I would perhaps be inclined to change DDs x 2 sheets more often, were it not for the growing mountain of Build-a-Bears and other stuffed animals lounging between me and the offending sheets.

emalushka Thu 02-May-13 16:13:54

I'm going to be completely honest and make you all squirm. My Children's beds get done every school holiday - so every 6/7/8 weeks depending on how long the term is and ours get done once a month or sometimes every 6/8 weeks.

To the person who 'only' has 3 children, where do you find the time to wash bedding every week?! I have 3 too and barely have time to blink. (Slight exaggeration!)

CinnabarRed Thu 02-May-13 16:14:44

When it won't bend any more.

sheeplikessleep Thu 02-May-13 16:27:07

Aim for weekly, moreoften fortnightly.
I do tend to change DSs pillowcases every few days though, they get white tide marks on them.

popsgran Thu 02-May-13 17:37:31

once every two weeks but top duvet is turned back when we get up.the window is opened and the bed allowed to air.We lose about one litre of fluid per night I think so airing is essential as I dont want to sleep in a soggy bed.We have four sets of bedding for each bed.i dont tumble dry or iron, just shake ,smooth and hang on a rack to dry.the bedding then has 24 hr in the airing cupbord and back to the linen cupboard.hand towels are changed twice a week.(we have our own )bath towels are used twice before washing and towels do get tumbled unless I can line dry.they get 10 min in the dryer to soften if line reading that I seem a bit O.C.Am aiming for clean without fussing and it suits us

Angubaba Thu 02-May-13 19:13:38

I'm a teacher. I do it at half term. More if someone's sick. And I'm fine with that!

Thingymajigs Thu 02-May-13 19:27:45

My bed linen gets washed once or twice a week as we have 3 cats and all of us hang out on the bed rather than sit on sofas. But I'm lazier with the kids sheets.
I can't be bothered to take off 10 gazillion teddies to clean my 9 year olds bed so thats a once a month job but for my 13 year old son I make extra effort to wash them once a fortnight on the hottest wash possible.

Crutchlow35 Thu 02-May-13 20:22:12

Once a week. Us on a Sunday and ds on a Thursday.

zinnia Thu 02-May-13 20:50:35

Massively relieved by this thread - I've been feeling vaguely guilty for years for 'only' changing our bed fortnightly (dds get them done more like weekly). No longer!

Everyone had 2 sets of linen, usually change at the weekend so dh can help, and I do iron pillowcases but that's it. My mum irons sheets and duvet covers but unlike me she doesn't have a full-time job and only ever had the one child!

Towels get done weekly on my working from home day. Have a horror of kids picking up things from them shudder

fluffymindy Thu 02-May-13 21:12:09

Our bed every week without fail. The dcs beds are every other week as they go in clean from baths at night..... The baby's cot sheets are changed as and when as I cannot bear marks on them - you know the milky snotty bleurgh!. All our bedding is ironed and all this is done by my housekeeper blush. I have 5 children and I do a phenomenal amount of laundry anyway. Slipping into a clean bed is one of the greatest pleasures in my life (needs to get out more....). I also make sure all the beds are made neat each day - makes the room look tidier........... yes, definitely need to out more

Towels done every other day. Tea towels and washing up clothes every day........... I used to be an interesting person you know, a long time ago it appears! Very clean household linen though <bangs head on wall>

BirdyBedtime Thu 02-May-13 21:28:21

Another fortnightly changer here - one week ours and the other week the DCs. I hate using the tumble drier unless I have to and have limited drying space. I'm a weekly towel washer too. This thread makes me feel better as I do sometimes feel a bit of a slattern.

Clary Fri 03-May-13 00:00:19

It was me that said I only had 3 DC - because the OP has four!

It doesn't take very long to wash a few loads of bedlinen - I don't pound it by hand with a dolly peg or anything.

I work fast. I have decided that's my secret talent. Also I stay up late!

somanymiles Fri 03-May-13 05:38:44

Ours used to get done by DS1 (he is thirteen and it is one of his chores) on a one set a week rota. Three beds in the house so each got done every 3 weeks which frankly was stretching it a bit for mine, but the kids spend half the week at their Dad's so it was like their's were being done every week and a half. BUT DH decided this was too frequent and so now it's a set of sheets every OTHER week and so ours only get done every 6 weeks. Frankly, I do think this is too infrequent and envy people who do them weekly which would be my preference. DH is normally a clean freak but also has a thing about "wasting" water and electricity by using the washing machine too often. Am I being precious?

myfavouritenicknamesaretaken Sat 04-May-13 08:59:34

I'm very impressed at people's cleanliness. In my mind I think bedding should be washed weekly - that's what I did pre-children. In reality it's close to the bottom of my housework priority list and with a 6 week old DD and 2 year old DS bedding gets washed so infrequently I'm not even sure the time gap! I make an exception if an offspring pukes on it, then it will get washed. I love getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets and dream of the day when I have time to return to my OCD like principles of cleanliness, have a feeling it might not be for a while ....

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