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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?

crashdoll Sun 12-May-13 11:55:21

I always shower before bed and sometimes in the morning too and I always wear PJs and socks. I still change my bed weekly. These threads always baffle me because I love clean sheets and also, because I don't get competitive dirtyness on MN.

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 12:01:27

Weekly during the winter, 2-3 times a week in the summer if weather really hot

This I don't get. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

BaronessBomburst Sun 12-May-13 12:11:01

Every week, and change the pillow cases mid-week too.

Some of you lot are rank! I bet you use the same tea-towel all week as well...... Yuk.

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 12:14:01

How often do people wash their duvets and pillowcases?

Ours are done once a year with a big trip to the launderette, but the feathers take a flipping age to dry. SHould I do this more regularly (please don't say any more than twice a year).

CecilyP Sun 12-May-13 12:14:09

No, changing tea towels is effortless, so done more often - not that we do much drying up.

massagegirl Sun 12-May-13 12:14:17

Not being competitive about dirtiness! Just that we both work full time and have pretty busy social life so changing sheets is not at the top of my priorities, as much as I love the feeling of clean sheets, we don't have a tumble dryer or clothes line so would have super king sheets draped round the place all the time.

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 12:14:31

Sorry - I meant pillows, not pillowcases obv

noviceoftheday Sun 12-May-13 12:14:57

Ewww. Adults changed weekly, dcs twice weekly. More frequently in hot weather. If anyone is sick with flu, fever etc then changed daily. Going for Weeks at a time without changing the bedsheets is just minging!

CecilyP Sun 12-May-13 12:17:28

Wuldric, I hope you won't be too shocked, (though you may be reassured) but I have just replaced my 30 year old feather duvet and it had never been washed. I didn't even realise you could wash them. I mean, you don't wash your matress, so why should would you wash a duvet?

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 12:22:51

With mattresses, there is a mattress protector ensuring nothing gets through to the mattress. You can wash the mattress protector. But duvets themselves - well there is only a couple of thin layers of cotton between my sweaty teens and the feathers. Hence washing the duvets and the pillows once a year. I am reassured though smile

CecilyP Sun 12-May-13 12:25:21

I have now swapped to a polyester-filled duvet, so might hit the launderette in a couple of years.

QuinionsRainbow Sun 12-May-13 12:27:41

Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover washed weekly, and duvet turned back for airing most of the day. Mattress cover and pillow covers washed every three or four weeks. DH and myself showered every evening before bed and most mornings as well.

specialsubject Sun 12-May-13 12:56:48

a bit skanky but it is your house and doesn't affect anyone else. As long as visitors get clean beds!

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Sun 12-May-13 13:00:13

I do a duvet rotation. So I have a clean set ready to go on then I was old set ready to go back on.

I do mine more often than DD's as she is at her dads 50% and in my bed the rest grin

I have to do it at least every 2 weeks because i always get make up on my pillow and its bad for my skin.

Bunbaker Sun 12-May-13 13:20:44

"I have to do it at least every 2 weeks because i always get make up on my pillow and its bad for my skin"

You don't clean your make-up off before going to bed shock. Now that is skanky. Your skin might improve if you clean your make-up off every night.

IEatCakeInBed Sun 12-May-13 13:37:33

Our bed weekly, maybe more in summer. And we shower at night before bed. DD1 (4) at least once a week, DD2 (2) 2-3 times a week, as she is quite a dribbler.

Doesn't the average person sweat about a pint a night, or something like that??

And all those dead skin cells too!! Yuck.

Nagoo Sun 12-May-13 14:05:45

I reckon if I lived alone once a month would be alright, TBH, as my side of the bed seems alright.

DH is a sweaty stinker so every week.

loofet Sun 12-May-13 14:16:05

I think once a week isn't too bad, wouldn't call it excessive. Excessive would be twice a week or every other day for adults anyway.

We do ours once a fortnight. The DC are stinky bum toddlers still in nappies so there's get changed quite frequently, probably

loofet Sun 12-May-13 14:16:17

*twice a week.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 12-May-13 14:22:13

Weekly. We are often sweaty and usually naked in bed, it would be unwise to leave the sheets unwashed any longer.

Nagoo Sun 12-May-13 14:50:22

often sweaty and usually naked Show off.

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 14:56:19

A week to 10 days, usually every Sunday.

I'm sure that our sheets would feel greasy and smell after 3 weeks.

We both shower twice a day, but everyone sweats at night don't they ?

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 14:58:36

grin at ShatnersBassoon We're the same smile

TrippleBerryFairy Sun 12-May-13 15:05:40

Every 3 weeks or so. Doing it weekly is a waste of my time plus i dont like drying them in a spare room. Trip to launterette to dry them- waste of my time too. DP doesnt do any house chores so fuck it, im not wasting my time on that.

Fairylea Sun 12-May-13 15:07:30

Once a week. I couldn't stand to leave it longer than that!

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