A survey has found a third Brits wash their bedsheets just once a year – and our cleaning habits when it comes to underwear is equally disturbing.
The study of 2,000 people found that 30 per cent were washing their bedding every 12 months, with experts warning the bad habit could lead to dust mites, bed bugs, fungal infections and skin irriation.
Following the findings by Hammonds Furniture, Dr Aragona Giuseppe urged people be change their bedsheets once a week for optimum cleanliness.
The results didn’t get much better when participants were quizzed over how often they cleaned their underwear – with significant differences in the regularity between men and women.
Worryingly, one in 10 men fessed up to only washing their underwear after 10 uses (compared to three per cent of women), but thankfully 80 per cent of people said they washed them after every use.
Dr Giuseppe recommended washing underwear and socks after every use, with the exception of bras which should be cleaned after three or four wears – a rule which over half of the women surveyed already followed.
When it comes to wearing jeans, 18 per cent of people said they washed them annually, but Brits are more regimented when it comes to bathroom towels as 40 per cent of people said they washed they after every use.
Interestingly, millennials were found to be the cleanest generation, while those over the age of 65 had the worst habits.
People living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne followed the best cleaning habits, compared to residents in Belfast who wash their clothes the least.
Dr Giuseppe said: “Washing your clothing items and bedsheets regularly is important for overall cleanliness and ensuring your body remains clean and healthy.
“If you do not wash clothing items often you could be at risk of infection or just feeling and smelling unclean.
“Bedsheets and pillowcases should be washed as if they are dirty this could promote acne, spots and other skin issues due to the dirty bacteria on the sheets transferring to your skin.”
Kirsty Oakes, of Hammonds Furniture, said: “N ow that so many of us are working from home and can go for days without seeing people outside our own household, it can be tempting to put the washing off even more.
“However, keeping clean is now more important than ever, and that also goes for our clothes, blankets and bedsheets.
“Make the effort to wear clean, fresh clothes each day (even if you are working from home) and just remember how amazing fresh sheets feel when you climb into bed!”