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Cactuar Sun 12-May-13 00:06:58

Having a discussion with dh and friend about how often it is normal to change bedsheets. My mum cannot go for a week without changing bedsheets and we think this us excessive. We feel, as disgusting as is it is, that it is far more normal to leave it for weeks and only do it when it gets absolutely necessary. We think more people are like this than are willing to admit. Are we being unreasonable?

Whatalotofpiffle Sun 12-May-13 01:01:43

I do this for ours, but more often for dd

thistlelicker Sun 12-May-13 01:02:46

A week..... At a push we go fortnightly

wtf1981 Sun 12-May-13 01:13:39

Once every 3 weeks. Both shower every day. Wash clothes after one wash. Air bed every day. Fine?! It's a superking!

Nobabieshere Sun 12-May-13 01:14:02

Every couple of weeks

GoldiChops Sun 12-May-13 01:17:20

Every 3 weeks to a month but... I live alone, shower everyday, wear pjs and socks to bed. How dirty can it get? I do change the pillow cases more often, as I sleep on my front and I'm sure I night-dribble!

Bunbaker Sun 12-May-13 01:18:40

I change our bedding every 7 - 10 days. I don't think once a week is excessive. I think leaving it for weeks is manky. We both bath or shower every day and air the bed for most of the day.

howdoo Sun 12-May-13 01:27:41

Seriously? You're in bed for 8+ hours a night and you sweat in it. I change ours every week and would feel itchy if I didn't.

AgentZigzag Sun 12-May-13 01:31:01

Like thistle I do ours once a week, fortnight at the most.

What measure are you going on that makes it 'absolutely necessary' to change them Cactuar? <dreading to think>

The feeling of getting into a smooth, cool, clean bed is worth the effort of making it up.

I mean, how hard is it to bung it in the washer? It's not as though you've got to drag it down to the stream to bash it against a rock or owt grin

ravenAK Sun 12-May-13 01:38:15

Every half term, & once in between.

So 3-4 weeks. We should probably up this to 3 per half term, which would be 2-3 weeks!

I have a shower in the morning, thereby washing off any bed frowstiness.

Mind you, I do love the first night in clean sheets.

It's not the washing, it's the drying & re-making. We have a superking bed with a duvet each & 3 pillows each. It's a faff.

edlyu Sun 12-May-13 01:41:21

Amateurs grin
I know someone who washes,dries and irons her sheets


She even makes visitors get up early so that she can get her washing on in time.

She is in her eighties and doesnt see why she should change now.

I on the other hand change mine when they begin to look 'used' and crumpled. That's about 2-3 weeks I reckon.

Flossyfloof Sun 12-May-13 08:33:46

I almost always do mine every week, occasionally leave them a fortnight. Would never leave them longer. I always iron as well, hate unironed anything.

youmeatsix Sun 12-May-13 08:44:27

we have a superking, size isnt an issue wink. we both shower daily and its still washed once a week minimum, more in the better weather nothing beats getting into a fresh bed, 3-4 weeks?shock really? i wonder if people post that to get a reaction hmm

Badvoc Sun 12-May-13 08:47:05

Fortnightly unless its needed before that.
But I air the bedrooms and beds every day - which I think is more important.
After all, you don't go to bed really dirty, do you? you? ;)

forevergreek Sun 12-May-13 08:49:20

Weekly! You do spend like 1/3 of your life in bed or something like that.

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 08:52:49


Anything else is just wrong

TwasBrillig Sun 12-May-13 08:55:51

Ours isn't every week but I've realised recently that we're unusual wearing pjs. If I was sweating naked into bed I'd want to change more often.

comelywenchlywoo Sun 12-May-13 08:58:48

Before I was married I used to wash the bedding more infrequently. Now the aim is to do it every week, but it's often more like every 10 days, occasionally two weeks old habits die hard

MIL got me ironing my bedding (by example, not nastily), and now I love getting into a clean ironed bed - takes me ages to iron the buggers tho. In my new kitchen I'm hoping to make a heat-resistant-fitted-sheet-type island topper so I can iron the bedding on there. I'm waaaay more excited about than is entirely appropriate!

sparkle12mar08 Sun 12-May-13 09:08:10

To go for months is disgusting. Truly slovenly. Every day, now that would be excessive. I suspect that weekly to fortnightly is probably average nationwide. We do ours fortnightly.

LaGuardia Sun 12-May-13 09:09:29

Weekly here. I just wish I had the time to do it more often. It is lovely putting the children into a freshly made bed. And I always get grumpy if DH beats me in the race to climb into our fresh bed smile

BellaVita Sun 12-May-13 09:14:59

I cannot imagine lying in a bed with sheets more than a week old. And yes I shower every day and wear pj's.

All three of our beds are done each week.

Going months or weeks is just yuk.

ifancyashandy Sun 12-May-13 09:21:09

Weekly. A Super king sized with 8 pillows. Hate doing it but love the result. I live in a 2 bed first floor flat and managed to get everything dry. Mind, I do have a lot of bed linen - I love crisp white sheets and covers.

HRMumness Sun 12-May-13 09:22:25

I wash DDs stuff weekly and ours fortnightly.

TobyLerone Sun 12-May-13 09:24:05

Every week. Any more than every fortnight is definitely slovenly.

I also wonder whether people do the 'competitive mankiness' thing on MN to get a reaction. Nobody I know IRL goes round boasting about how dirty they let their sheets get, or how the whole family shares a toothbrush.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 12-May-13 09:25:16

Weekly for kids'
Aim for weekly with our sometimes more like ten to 14 days
If yiu dont iron it how is changing a king size bed any harder than changing a smaller one

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