Keep your bedding clean


The average person spends around 25 years of their life in bed – and that’s just sleeping.

This causes quite a build up of skin, sweat, food and dust, which attract mites – microscopic creatures that feast on flakes of human skin. Their droppings contain a pretty potent allergen, which may lead to asthma-like symptoms, eczema, or sinus problems. So it’s not just about keeping clean, it’s about your health too!


There are some simple ways to prevent this becoming a problem and Angela Moran, product strategy director at leading bedding company Silentnight, has some top tips to make sure you keep your bedroom clean:

  1. Wash your bedding, not just your sheets

If left unwashed for just a few months, up to one-third of a pillow will be dead skin, bugs, mites and mite droppings. That’s a fair proportion! So wash your pillows and duvet every two or three months, to get rid of the build up.

  1. Give your pillows a spin in the tumble dryer once a month As well as plumping up the pillows nicely, the heat kills bugs between washes.
  2. Replace your pillows regularly

They do lose their support so it is a good investment from a health point of view – but if you’ve had your pillows for some time, it is inevitable that there will have been a build up of skin, dust and mites. Experts recommend you replace them every two or three years.

  1.    Purchase the right kind of bedding

A product like Silentnight’s Superwash range is machine washable and maintains its bounce wash after wash. From £21.99 for two pillows at Sleepypeople, Tesco, Wilko and Argos.

  1. Use pillow and mattress protectors
    These prevent skin getting into the pillows and should be washed regularly – ideally weekly with your sheets.
  2. Air your bed.
    An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night, so don’t rush to make your bed in the morning. It may look nice, with all the lovely cushions, but actually it is much more hygienic to pull down the duvet, open the windows and let your bed have a good airing while you get ready.
  3. Vacuum – regularly!
    Carpet is a breeding ground for dust and dust mites. Dust and vacuum twice a week. Include curtains and the bed!

I have loads more cleaning tips and hacks on my blog take a look when you get 5 minutes you will be surprised at what you will learn.


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  1. Sarah Green says:

    I change ours once a week. We have a mattress protector which is also washed weekly and I usually Hoover the mattress as well

  2. Chloe says:

    2-3 days I boil wash my sheets. Duvet and pillows go to the dry cleaners once a month. I’m lucky that my mum works in a dry cleaners so I don’t have to pay full price though! Love fresh sheets 😍

  3. Kate Storey says:

    I wash mine once a week. Every Sunday to be exact. However if I use false tan the following day the sheets need to be cleaned. (No one likes tanned sheets 😂)

  4. Carolyn mcloughlin says:

    I can’t find anywhere to enter the competition so I’m going to leave a reply here.i change my bed once a week as I’m disabled I would love to do it more but I physically can’t 😀

  5. Sarah Burke says:

    I change my bedding once a week, twice if it’s been hot. I wash my duvet every 2 months and I tend to buy new pillows all the time 🙈

  6. Jemma says:

    I wash mine once a week along with pillow and mattress protectors I then Hoover mattress turn it over and use my vax to steam clean it then febreeze it all and open windows to air I also wash our big duvet in my mums big washer once a month xx

  7. Linda Simmons says:

    We change once or twice a week. With the hot weather it has been twice a week. Nothing nears fresh laundered linen and fresh bedding smelling lovely.

  8. JazzberrySue says:

    I love fresh clean sheets so wash at least once a week but sometimes twice if it’s hot. I always make my bed by folding the duvet into 3 so it just sits at the bottom of the bed neatly folded. I always have windows open to air the bedroom and bed everyday, even in middle of winter.

  9. Linsey says:

    Every week and usually give the mattress and pillows a quick hoover, steam and spray with dettol. I leave it to air and put sheets back on that night. I have a mattress protector and it gets washed weekly. If it’s nice pillows and duvet are put on the line to air.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Once a week either saturday or sunday .. all sheets on a hot wash along with a few caps of zoflora fresh linen for that extra clean feeling 😊

  11. Becci Hill says:

    I wash the bedding once a week 🙈 Wash on a hot wash and try my best to get it on the line as I know it is more fresh smelling that way 😊

  12. Jolene Welsh says:

    I change mine & my children’s bedding every Friday & twice a week if it’s hot! There is not a better feeling than getting getting into a nice clean fresh bed!! 🛏

  13. Fiona says:

    I try for every week but sometimes it ends up bein 10 days. You can’t beat getting in to fresh clean bedding on a evening.

  14. Kim says:

    I change mine every two weeks, I feel like I should do it more often now though🙈 I’m in serious need of new pillows too!

  15. Natalie says:

    I’m washing mine everyday I have a 10 week old with reflux 🙈Xx

  16. Naomi says:

    Once a week and use dettol spray every morning

  17. Lindsey says:

    Twice a week for me , 1 I love the smell of fresh sheets & 2 I have cats who sleep on our bed ( some may turn their nose up but they are my babies 😍) I Hoover n turn the mattresses over when changing beds too

  18. Holly Masson says:

    I change bedding twice a week and protectors once a week for whole family x

  19. Nabiha O'Reilly says:

    I wash everybodys once a week and I have a mattress protector which I wash once a week as well x

  20. Rach says:

    I wash my sheets every Friday and hover my mattress but I’m disgusted in my self after reading that I should wash my duvet and tumble dry my pillows because I normally just buy new pillows if they start looking dirty and I can’t fit my king size duvet in my tiny washer … Im ashamed and disgusted with my self

    • Beccy Close says:

      I wash mine all the bedding once a week (including the dogs), air the mattress’ sprinkle with baking soda Hoover and then a spray of white vinegar! We honestly just usually buy new pillows, duvet’s as opposed to washing. But I am seriously grossed out by this and I’m going to think twice now about sticking our pillows and quilt in the washing machine 😭

  21. Gemma says:

    I do mine weekly think I might do them more often after reading this 🙈 Xx

  22. Sarah says:

    My comment has vanished 😢

  23. Jade says:

    I wash mine every other day! Love getting in to a clean fresh bed!
    It’s so important to keep your bed/bedding and mattress clean!! X

  24. Ffion says:

    I wash bedding once a week but in all honesty the pillows and duvet don’t get washed that often 😳😳 They will be now though – after reading this post!

  25. Steph says:

    Cringing but prob once a fortnight unless there is an obvious need!x

  26. Emily says:

    I wash mine as regularly as I can.. once a week. I need to replace all the bedding and sheets as they don’t look as fresh as they used too. X

  27. I wash all our sheets,cases & duvet covers on a sunday & sometimes wednesday too , so once or twice , I have a double and a bunk bed to do. I also hoover the mattresses and spray, I have a dust allergy so I do worry .

  28. Emma says:

    Once a week always add zoflora too love fresh bedding

  29. Yasmin Kay says:

    I change my sheets every week and Hoover the mattress as well as the bed frame. However I haven’t washed my duvet and pillows in a long time.. I never realised how important it is!

  30. Katie says:

    I was all the bedding every Thursday ready for the weekend as my teenagers spend nearly all weekend in their beds lol every morning i let the beds air for a couple of hours with the windows open before i make them and spray with diluted zoflora for an inbetween fresh smell 🙂 xx

  31. Olivia Prince says:

    Sheets get washed twice a week because there really is no better feeling than clean bed linen and find it so much better for my skin! I do bedding once a month and mattress every 3mths with some baking powder and lavender oil!

  32. Lindsey says:

    Wash my bedding once a week on hot wash and hover my bed and under when taken all bed off and once a month I turn my mattress over x x🤓🎉

  33. Victoria Jones says:

    I wash mine once a week and throw my pillows and duvets in every few months for a wash too. Love jumping into a freshly made bed! 👌🏽

  34. Melissa says:

    I was my sheets weekly 😊 However I totally didn’t even think of washing my pillows or duvet,
    I just tend to throw the pillows out and buy new ones. The duvet is feather filled so don’t even know if you can wash those. Will definitely be giving it a try after reading this 🙈🙈.

  35. I try to change the sheet once a week, not only do dirty sheets and bedding drive me mad, butit feels much better when you have a fresh bed.

  36. Siobhan says:

    I wash my bedding every week…my Sunday job! I love fresh sheets and would change them everyday if I had the time! I’m not so good with washing the actual duvet though…never really thought about it until I read this!! I know what I will be doing this weekend! x

  37. Kayleigh Hardiman says:

    I wash all our duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases once a week and leave the beds to ‘air’ in the morning but I’m completely ashamed to say that I’ve never washed the pillows and duvets 🙀 I didn’t realise just how important it was. I’ll definitely be doing so now! X

  38. Tyler says:

    I do all my sheets once a week on a Tuesday as soon as Iv dropped my daughter off at school. I only wash my bedding every 3 4 months 🙈 but I do hoover my bed and use detol spray every time my sheets are washed.

  39. Laura Gibson says:

    I wash once a week but I never knew you had to wash the pillows and duvet as well….scary!! I will definitely start…..I promise!

  40. Sophie Peat says:

    I wash mine once a week, I also have a mattresses protector and that gets washed once a week too I also keep my windows open for a little while to air the mattress x

  41. Chloe says:

    I wash my sheets twice a week! Really need to invest in new pillows due to never washing them 🙁 don’t hate me haha I promise to clean them more often x

  42. Ellie says:

    Once a week on a hot setting for a good long cycle. My babies bedding more frequently.

  43. Nadia says:

    I wash mine every Sunday but the pillows, duvet and protectors every month. I think it’s time to replace them though! Lol

  44. Sara croft says:

    I change mine once a week and give it a spray every morning with Astonish fabric refresher x

  45. Louise says:

    I wash mine every week but I think airing the matteress etc is as important as washing. Washing the sheets and leaving windows open is key for me! I also replace the pillows and duvet every few months.

  46. Gemma says:

    Once a week, although they could do with changing twice a week as my partner is so sweaty. I probably only manage to do the duvet every few months and the pillows each month.

  47. Rachel English says:

    My bedding gets washed every Sunday, but I can’t say I’ve ever washed the duvet or the pillows! I give them a Hoover when I do the mattress, then spray them with dettol. Going to have to start washing them now!

  48. Bernii says:

    I change mine, every two days! My mum says that’s too much but have you seen the nasty things that to the human eye is invisible! Plus I love the smell of fresh bedding 😍

  49. Karen Hutchings says:

    Bedding gets washed every Sunday 😊

  50. Sophie says:

    I change the bedding every 1-2 weeks, always pull it back daily to air with windows open.

  51. Rebekah Rodford says:

    2-3 times a week! I have eczema and my other half allergies to the pooches so they need to be cleeeeeeeean!! X

  52. Holly says:

    Every Saturday!x

  53. Jolene Welsh says:

    I change mine & my children’s bedding once a week on a Friday & twice a week if it’s really hot! I have a memory foam mattress so in the summer it can get quite hot.

  54. Jasmine says:

    Bedding every week – I usually buy new pillows every 3 months or so but will now be washing them!

  55. Vikki says:

    I usually do mine every one to two weeks – think I’ll do it weekly now and change all my pillows and duvets to washable ones!! Thanks for the tips!

  56. Deborah Dent says:

    Every other day, I get too hot and hate yucky beds. Hot wash , and on the line , hot iron and back on the bed. Every other day spray with the dettol spray. I also hoover and steam my mattress 👌

  57. cheryl hadfield says:

    once a week

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