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washing bedding

There are a number of factors to consider when determining how often you should wash your organic bedding. Dust settles on your bed, including the pillows, everyday, while dust mites leave fecal pellets, and other debris in your bedding, including the mattress. Add in your own skin cells and oils, and you have a large mess. For this reason, sheets should be washed a minimum of once a week, with regular detergent, in hot water of at least 77°F. This is hot enough to kill the majority of the mites.

Your sleepwear will also affect the frequency of cleaning. If you wear pajamas to bed, your sheets only need to be washed once a week. However, if you sleep in your birthday suit, you will want to wash your sheets twice a week, or more.

Blankets and comforters should be washed once a week as well, if you do not use a flat sheet. The flat sheet helps to keep the blankets protected from the oils in your skin, as well as dead skin cells. Blankets should be washed every two weeks, and comforters should be washed at least once a month. If you are not sure how often to wash your sheets, and other organic bedding, err on the side of caution, and wash everything once a week.

Pillows should be washed two to four times a year to prevent the yellowing associated with the oils in your skin, and to prevent a build up of dust mites.