How Often Should You Be Washing Household Items?
Tuesday 21st August 2018
Most of us know the general rule of thumb when it comes to washing our clothes as we do this all the time. Underwear needs to be washed after one use whilst other items such as jeans or bras can be (and should be, to decrease fading and stretching) worn a few times before washing. But how often should we be washing our household items? We are told different things however Laundry Hub are experts so I asked one of our regular washers to dish out the dirt and tell us exactly how often these items need cleaning.
Firstly, we have the bathroom. One thing that is often forgotten about is bath mats, however, these things are walked over all day long whether you've just come out the shower or you've run into the bathroom to get something you've forgotten with your shoes on! As you can imagine, these things collect a lot of dust and dirt, even if they still look brand new. Therefore, bath mats should be washed every other week. Next on the list are bath towels. Some of us like to hang up our bath towels to air dry after every use; others simply leave it on the floor...sigh. Either way, towels should be washed after every 2-3 uses. This is because you are basically exfoliating your skin every time you towel dry, even if you're clean out of the shower we shed skin whilst using a towel to drying off (gross, right?) Hand towels are slightly different; you can use them more often between washes as long as they are fully drying in between uses as this drastically reduces the chances of passing bacteria on. However, if many people are using your hand towels and they are not drying out, you will need to wash these every few days as the damp allows bacteria to grow.
Now onto the kitchen and living room. You should be washing kitchen towels weekly as these collect a lot of bacteria due to handling different foods. If possible, even more often, kitchen towels are likely to be collecting the most bacteria out of all towels especially when handling raw meat so keep an eye on these. Curtains should be cleaned approximately 2-3 times a year. These seemingly clean items are hotbeds for bacteria, especially when living in cities or built up areas, therefore keeping them clean is a must.
Lastly we have the bedroom. Some people assume they can get away with just washing their bed sheets and leaving their duvet cover longer, however they should be washed at the same time... weekly! You don't want to be leaving this longer than a week as they collect bacteria easily and can cause irritation. Not only should covers be washed but you should also be washing your pillows and duvet. Pillows need a wash every 6 weeks but duvets can be washed once or twice every year, but don't forget to read the label, as these often need to be on an easy care cycle.
So, whether you're a certified germophobe or happy living in organised chaos, this article is a general guide for a healthy and clean living space!