According to a survey conducted in 2017, it was found that many Americans don’t regularly change their bed sheets. 17% of men and 7% of women said they never wash their guest sheets. As for washing the bedding, 7% of men said they wash their sheets once every six months and as icing to the cake, 10% of men said they couldn’t remember the last time they did it.

If it doesn’t already surprise you, your beds and linens are filled with things that could affect your skin, allergies and sleeping habits in a bad way. Read on further to see what these “things” are all about.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed off of dirt, dust and dead skin cells left behind in your bedding and linens. Dust mites can cause allergy flare ups as approximately 1/3 of your bedding and linens could be infested by them.

Bugs

Do you remember the saying our parents we used to hear as kids, “goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite?” Well… scientifically it was actually for REAL bed bugs lingering around in your sheets. Bed bugs and fleas are just some of the microscopic bugs that linger in your sheets. The condition of your home creates an atmosphere that encourages these little creatures to reproduce drastically.

Animal and Human Hair

Fine objects such as hair are not easy to spot. They can get deep inside your beddings and linen. There are cases when even the high-powered washers and vacuums can’t even remove these hairs! Professional laundry cleaners (such as Mama Wosh) will be able to remove all those hidden hairs you may not notice with your eyes.

Dead Skin

Did you know that your skin falls off even while you are sleeping, even when it’s not flaky? On average, a person sheds approximately 1.5 pounds of dead skin in a year. Dead skin is usually fed by dust mites, thus ensuring your bedding and linens are washed regularly helps keep the dust mites away.

Sweat

An average human sweats about 2 gallons of sweat in a year. Now imagine that sweat is being absorbed by your blankets, sheets and pillows.