We hate to break it to you, but your bedding and bath towels are very dirty. Believe it or not, they are the ideal living space for bacteria and fungi. Several researches have shown how dirty our household items can be, which leaves us worried with an unresolved feeling. The question is: how often should we wash our towels and bedding?

Bath Towels

Bath towels are known to be an ideal living space for microbes because they fit into many of the conditions for microbial life:  warm temperatures, high humidity and presence of oxygen. Plus, bath towels can also attract dead skin cells, saliva and urinary secretions.

According to Professor Philip Tierno, if there is an odor on your towel, there’s a huge chance that the microbes are growing.  Though not all microbes are bad, but who likes a smelly towel when you know it’s full of microbes?

Professor Philip Tierno also suggested avoiding sharing towels with other people. It’s because you could get pimples, boil or infection when you come into contact with microbes such as Staphylococcus aureus.

Cleaning frequency: Once per week

How to clean:

  1. Check the care label before washing.
  2. Wash it with a high-temperature 60C.
  3. Remove it immediately from the washer to avoid mildew.
  4. Tumble dry your towel on high heat or hang it out under the sun to kill all the remaining microbes.

Bedding

Although most bacteria on the sheets are environmental (like dust) and mostly harmless microbes,  along with oils from the skin, saliva, sweat and dead skin cells, however, this can be a dust mite paradise.

These creatures are too tiny for us to see with our naked eyes, but they are living at every part of our bedding and consume dead skin flakes as food. According to research, an average adult person may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day. This is enough to feed one million dust mites!

Dust mites leave their dead bodies and poop behind. So, you are sleeping with poops without you knowing. It can also cause some allergic reaction to some people, contributing to acne and dandruff as well.

Cleaning frequency: Once every 2 weeks

How to clean:

  1. Check the care label before washing.
  2. Ensure your machine is big enough to provide plenty of space movement for cleaning.
  3. Pre-treat stains on your bedding with stain remover.
  4. Sit about 5 – 10 minutes before you wash.
  5. Wash it with medium temperature.
  6. Remove it immediately from the washer to avoid mildew.
  7. Tumble dry your bedding with high heat or under the sun to kill all the remaining microbes.

If you’re like most of the people who don’t have a big washing machine or time to wash your household items, you can alternatively schedule an order here with Mama Wosh. We have the expertise to take care of your household items like towels, bed sheets and etc. You will only need to wait for it to be delivered back to your doorstep.