Laundry detergent brand Washland has caused an online outcry after posting a video with guidelines on exactly how often clothes and bedding should be washed. Some commenters found the advice “disgusting”, while others failed to see what the problem was. Read on to find out what the company recommends, what the reaction has been, and what the doctors think.
Here are the brief guidelines from Washland that caused such a ruckus: “Socks after every wear. Bras three to four. Shirts two to four. Pajamas three to five. Bedding every other week. Towels once to twice a week. Denim all ten wears.” Keep reading to see the video.
More than 8.9 million people watched the video on Facebook and the response was divided: many think the guidelines are disgusting, while others defend the company and say there is such a thing as “too clean”. “Your clothes pick up dirt, hair, etc. From one day you can’t, shouldn’t wear them any longer. It’s disgusting. I wash my clothes after one use, I could never sleeping in sheets that hadn’t been changed and washed after a week,” says one commentator. But others disagree. “No wonder there are so many allergies… There’s a thing such as too clean!!! You have no chance of developing immunities and all those chemicals in laundry detergents can’t be good for your skin!” said another commenter.
How often should we really wash bedding? “Most people should wash their sheets once a week,” says Daniel Noyed, Certified Sleep Coach. “If you don’t sleep on your mattress every day, you might be able to extend it to once every two weeks or so. Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week. If you have any pets, and particularly if you let them sleep in your bed, washing every 3-4 days is recommended.If you suffer from allergies or asthma, it may be worth trying to clean your bedding more frequently to see if your symptoms improve.”
So… what happens if you don’t wash your sheets for a month? “Washing once a week is better,” says lifestyle expert Cheryl Nelson. “But definitely wash the sheets AT LEAST once every two weeks. That’s the maximum amount of time you should be going. You wash away germs, sweat, saliva, body oils, allergens, pollen, makeup residue, dead skin cells, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, fungi, and even bodily fluids/fecal matter, all of which can cause health issues. pet dander, fungus, etc. can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. Dirty sheets can also cause contact dermatitis or trigger eczema.”
Has our obsession with germs actually made us sicker? “Why do we have more allergies and autoimmune diseases now?” asks Maria I. Garcia Lloret, MD, assistant clinical professor of allergy and immunology at UCLA. “What about us?” Are we too clean?
According to Dr. Garcia Lloret, microbial diversity is crucial for good health. “Microbes on our skin and in our gut govern much of what happens to us, in addition to causing infection,” she says. “Microbial diversity contributes to our health. Therefore, if you disturb the microbial environment, you interfere with the good things that are able to control the allergic response. The less diverse your microbes are, the more prone you are to illnesses like diseases. inflammatory bowel disease and allergies The new understanding is that we need microbial diversity to thrive.