How often should you change the bed linen?

There is hardly a better feeling than getting into a freshly made bed in the evening . In joyful anticipation you will spend the night relaxed.

But maybe you are a bit stressed right now and can’t get to changing the bed linen. Should you then be concerned that this will become a problem?

How often you should change the bed linen and what this depends on, I explain in the following guide.


The bed linen should keep you warm all night. No matter whether it is a cuddly bed linen or a plush bed linen . You will enjoy the cozy feeling under the duvet, especially in winter.

Almost unnoticed, you are staining the bed linen just by being there. You lose sweat and flakes of skin . Both are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi and mites.

Even if you don’t sweat excessively and don’t actually find it uncomfortable, you lose around 1.5 liters of moisture during the night. That’s a pretty large amount if you just imagine pouring such a large bottle over the bed linen.

It is therefore important to change the bed linen regularly. Even if you do not eat in bed and behave generally clean, it is always necessary to change the bed linen at certain intervals.

We recommend changing bed linen about every two to three weeks. In special cases, however, it is advisable to change them at shorter intervals. If you sweat a lot or if the bed is also used by your pet, the bed linen should be changed weekly. In this way you ensure that mites or other pathogens do not spread in the first place.


But it is now important that the bed linen is actually clean. This is the only way to remove bacteria and make the bed linen feel like new again.

Most bedclothes may be washed at a temperature of 30 to 40 ° C are. The best way to do this is to use a heavy-duty or all-purpose detergent.

A special feature, however, is if you suffer from a house dust allergy. The mites are very resistant in bed linen. A wash at 40 ° C is not enough to remove the mites from the bed linen. For this you should use a temperature of at least 60 ° C.

However, you should urgently pay attention to the care instructions that are given. Does the bed linen have to be washed inside out or does it make no difference?

You will only be able to enjoy the bed linen for a long time by carefully cleaning it.

To make your work a little easier, you can use non-iron bed linen . This is wrinkle-free after washing and drying and does not require any further treatment.


Around 5% of the population in Germany suffers from house dust allergy. As a victim, you are in good company. If you notice symptoms such as irritated eyes or a runny nose, it is high time to change your bed linen. In order for this measure to be successful, however, you should proceed with particular care.

After removing the bed linen, it is a good idea to turn the mattress. This means that you are not always on the “burdened” side. By switching sides, you increase the distance to the allergens. The complaints decrease.

The bed linen should be washed particularly hot after being changed. As already noted, a minimum of 60 ° C is necessary to remove the mites from the laundry. You should also wash the mattress cover at least twice a year in this way.

In general, pillows and blankets must be completely replaced after a certain period of time. However, there is no need to rush. After about 6 years you should replace the pillow with a new one.

Before you put the new bed linen on your bed, it is advisable to clean the mattress with a mite vacuum. In this way you prevent the new bed linen from being attacked directly.

It will be difficult to completely remove the mites from the bed , but with these measures you can already reduce the burden.


If you change the bed linen every two weeks, you are in a good average. Because according to a survey, around 36 percent of women and 29 percent of men state that they change their bed linen every two weeks.

Around 17 percent of men and 12 percent of women are even more thorough and make the switch more frequently.

However, if you have no particular factors, two weeks are sufficient time to get new bed linen. Then you will enjoy the freshly made bed and sleep relaxed.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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