When has washing bedsheets become such a laborious task? Seriously, when was the last time you cleaned the bedsheets? Look, no matter how squeaky clean your house is, it’s all pointless when you have dirty bedsheets that haven’t been washed in weeks (or worse, months!). Not only is that unhygienic but also pretty dangerous. Yes, “dangerous” because your bed will become a petri dish for bacteria and you being exposed to that spells i-n-f-e-c-c-t-i-o-n-s!  And you can’t even escape that because all of us spend a third of our lives in bed, so clean bedsheets are a must. You should wash them weekly or at least every other week to avoid bacterial or fungal overgrowth and, of course, prevent any infections or conditions like eczema and even asthma. Tiny dust mites, dead skin cells, dust, and dirt are going to lead you to all sorts of trouble, so hurry up and clean those sheets. Are you not convinced yet?

Read this list of things that will happen to you if you don’t wash your bedsheets!

1. Bacteria from sweat, saliva & dead cells

Did you ever pause to think of all the bacterial buddies sharing your bed with you? In fact, lab samples indicted that unwashed sheets hosted 17,000 times more colonies of bacteria than a toilet seat! When you’re not changing or washing bedsheets often, bacteria from sweat, dead skin cells, and saliva accumulate. This can cause you skin irritation and itchiness, and other skin problems.

2. Dust mites feeding on dead cells

We shed 500 million skin cells a day. All those dead cells you shed in your sleep pile up on your bedsheets and become food for tiny dust mites. This can cause any skin problem like eczema to flare, and if you’re allergic to dust mites, your allergy will worsen even more.  If you have dust allergy, you must consider washing bedsheets every day in hot water.

3. Dirty sheets + pet dander

This is quite a disastrous combination, and I’m not even exaggerating! If you sleep with your kitty or dog, know that they will leave dander behind, which will make your bedding a hot pot for dust mites.

If your dog has sarcoptic mange, which is a common skin infection in dogs, you’re in for a surprise. The condition is highly contagious as the sarcoptic mites will get under your skin (literally) and cause severe itchiness. Although these mites don’t complete their life cycle in human skin like in dogs, your skin will still be itchy until they die. Pets also pass on a fungal infection known as ringworm of the scalp, so make sure to wash those sheets properly at least once a week.

4. Acne breakouts

So you sleep with makeup on, huh? Count yourself unlucky because your pillowcases and bedsheets are getting stains everywhere, and bacteria are having a blast! Not only will that age your skin earlier and cause inflammation but also aggravate existing acne, and even if your skin is healthy, it will lead to acne breakouts — a problem you definitely don’t need in your life! What’s the point of a skincare routine if your dirty bedsheets and your bad habits are messing it up. Make sure to wash those pillowcases and sheets, and don’t forget to wash your face first!

5. Viruses

Not washing bedsheets after recovering from a flu virus or any other virus is a very bad idea. Why? Because viruses such as the flu virus can live on tissues or fabrics from minutes to hours and spread to someone else. Put those sickly sheets into the washer right away to kill any lingering stomach bugs and germs. Not washing bedsheets can be quite disastrous and the last thing you need in your life right now. Washing bedsheets should be on the top of your house chore list from now on!