How often should you clean your bed sheets?

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

How often should we wash our bed sheets? The answers are in, along with a few tips on how to change bed linen quickly & ensure the mattress is rotated regularly.

How often should bed sheets be changed and how regularly do most people actually change their sheets? These were the questions that were running through my head after watching The Project last week and learning that one of the people on the panel hadn’t washed their sheet for nine months!

I wash my bed sheets weekly, so curiosity got the better of me. I put a poll out on Instagram to find out how frequently other people wash their bed linen, and the results are in…

How Often Do You Wash Your Bed Sheets?

This was the question I put out to The Organised Housewife community on Instagram over the weekend, and I was instantly inundated with messages from the community who were desperate to know the results of this poll.

It turns out a lot of people wash their sheets a lot less often than I do, which got people asking – “how often should we be washing our bed sheets?”.

How Often Should We Wash Our Bed Linen?

It is recommended to wash sheets weekly to remove sweat, flakes of skin and to clean away other things that can happen in the bed (lol!). I wash my bed sheets every 1-2 weeks, but please know that this doesn’t need to be too time consuming. Heaps of the messages I received after running this poll were from people who loved sleeping in clean sheets, but didn’t have the time to wash them as regularly as they would like. I will get to my quick tips for changing bed sheets shortly, but first let’s look at why you should wash you bed linen regularly.

Why Should We Wash Our Bed Sheets Regularly?

Allergies – dust mites like to feed off dead skin flakes found on sheets and pillows, which then aggravates allergies. My children suffer from allergies which is one of the reasons I wash my bed sheets weekly in hot water, which kills all the dust mites.

Easy non-toxic dust mite remedies to help relieve and minimise allergies around your home.

Acne Or Oily Skin – our pillowcases become home to bacteria very quickly. Dead skin particles, sweat, and residue from skin or hair care products make our bed sheets – especially our pillowcases – a breeding ground for bacteria. If you or your children suffer from oily or acne prone skin, you may want to consider changing the pillowcases more often.

Shower In The Morning – if you opt for your daily shower in the morning when you wake up (like I do), then you will be bringing some of the day’s grease and grime into bed with you at night. If on the other hand you routinely shower before bed, your bed sheets may last a little longer.

My Bed Sheet Changing Routine

  1. I follow my laundry scheduleΒ and wash sheets on a Tuesday, as I do a big wash on Monday (weekend clothes) and Wednesday (school uniforms) so Tuesday is a good day for me.
  2. We have four beds in our house. The twins have dust mite allergies so I always wash their sheets together with a few drops of tea tree essential oil in the wash.
  3. I wash all our bedsheets once a week.
  4. I wash and dry the bed sheets on the same day and the sheets go on the bed that night so I don’t have to fold them.

TIME SAVING TIP #1: I put the bedsheets in the washing machine in the morning, hang them on the line, and then put them back on the bed that night. This saves me the job of having to fold and put any sheets away.

TIME SAVING TIP #2: I sometimes use the dryer when washing my bed linen, especially in winter when the clothes line doesn’t get enough sunshine. If you’re wanting to use your dryer, I strongly recommend using these Wool Dryer Balls to reduce your drying time and your electricity bill too.

Should I Flip The Mattress?

This is another question I get asked often. These days many mattresses are designed not to be flipped, but they should always be rotated! I rotate my mattress every three months and recently learnt a trick to making this super easy. A friend of mine suggested writing the seasons on each corner of the mattress and rotating each season – you then know the mattress has had a full rotation each year.

If you have a spring mattress without a pillow-top, it’s recommended to flip as well as rotate your mattress every three to six months.

So… how often do you change your bed sheets?

Be truthful, share as anonymous in the comments if you want.


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114 comments

Debbie January 29, 2016 - 10:02 AM

Ha ha you’ve brightened my day! Don’t worry about the trolls Kat I love reading your blog everyday . Rise above it and walk tall you’ve earned it

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 11:18 AM

LOL no trolls, all the readers were very lovely and joking around with me, but I just worried for someone may really think I cleaned them every 3 months πŸ˜›

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Louise April 10, 2016 - 1:32 PM

I wash our sheets once a week, and the doona covers fortnightly. I do our toddlers cot sheets and mattress protector twice a week as it’s quick and and easy. Speaking of which, how often do people do their mattress protectors?
Just come across this website and LOVE it! ????

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Nicole January 29, 2016 - 10:08 AM

We moved last June and I started changing sheets, bedding and towels every week, hand towels sundays and wednesdays. It may seem a bit over the top but I got into a good routine with it. Our 18 month old also suffers from light eczema and my partner has issues with that as well. It’s a lot of washing but it kinda does itself

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:38 PM

It’s good when you get into a routine and rhythm, whatever works!! I’ve also tried bamboo sheets for the sensitive skin, they work well too.

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Nikki January 29, 2016 - 10:34 AM

More in summer about every 2 weeks, less in winter about once every 4 to 6 weeks…

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Yes more in the summer months is definately needed πŸ™‚

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Amanda Palmer January 29, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I change our bed every week year round. My girls I change probably fortnightly. Like you, I have a bit of a routine I do my sheets every Monday & towels.
My girls are only three & one & they shower before bed so theirs is average fortnightly but we tend to have wee leaks or other such issues so sometimes sooner.
My one year old still sleeps in a sleeping bag so that gets washed weekly or as needed that takes the brunt of her sweat is guess.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Ooh I remember sleeping bag days….. I miss when they were so little πŸ™‚

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carly January 29, 2016 - 11:05 AM

i do mine fortnightly and i vaccum the matress each time. After noticing my 11 year old had a recurring rash on her face it prompted me to also wash her pillows! How often do you wash pillows organised housewife? I thought id do them monthly πŸ™‚

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Carly you may like this post here https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/laundry/killing-dust-mites-in-non-washable-items/ I wash pillows monthly and give the mattresses a spray each month too to kill the dustmites. When they were younger and had smaller mattresses I also used to put them in the sun for a day each month, helps to remove any odours and sunlight will also kill the dustmites.

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Alison January 29, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanks

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Jude October 16, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Yeah, I got enthusiastic and washed a pillow and despite it saying it was washable, it went lumpy too

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Alison January 29, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanks

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Kelly January 29, 2016 - 11:13 AM

I do sheets weekly (only 2 beds here) because I love the feeling of fresh sheets! Also try to get them dry to avoid folding!

I’m interested to hear what you learn about new mattresses. Ours can’t be flipped either. The seasonal rotation sounds like a good idea but may not work with all mattress designs- they’re pretty fancy these days.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:46 PM

It’s been a long time since I have purchased a new mattress for myself and I just got standard mattresses for the kids last year, but they are still very heavy. I’ll let you know how I go and share a piccie of my new bed. I ordered it back in October, it’s taken so long to get made.

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Anon January 29, 2016 - 11:40 AM

3 monthly sheet changes sounded great to me! That’s about my average at the moment. Lol. Struggling with the whole Organised Householder thing at the moment. Usually I would do it weekly or fortnightly.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Do you have other members of your household that can help? Maybe while your prepping brekkie ask them to strip their beds so that’s one step you don’t have to do? I don’t use the dryer often, but in your case if you don’t have the time, wash them, pop them in the dryer will cut down time that you are lacking these days. πŸ™‚

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Elaine January 29, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Hi Kat, we are empty nesters now, so I wash our sheets once weekly. I vacuum the mattress once a month. I’m hoping that helps with the sleeping indents as I can’t manage flipping our mattress as it is way too heavy The spare beds get washed before guests so they are nice and fresh,and then after use as well.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Yes, flipping our mattress is a 2 person effort in our house. I’ll be asking lots of questions on the weekend about indents on new mattresses that can’t be flipped.

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Kristy January 29, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Hi Kat, I love your emails, makes me feel motivated πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chuckle, i thought it may have been written wrong. I love to change my sheets every friday (end of working week) i strip them off before we leave for school/work and let sun in all day and put clean ones on at night. If i had more “favourite” sheets id be doing them every couple of days, love fresh sheets!!! In saying that, bit of OCD & even though we shower before bed, but if we have a social weekend (meaning family Bbqs drinks around a fire) i tend to wait until after that night, wouldnt want my clean sheets smelling like fire! Lol. Happy fridayyyy everyone?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:50 PM

LOL. no I don’t think smokey sheets would be a pleasant smell. Glad you enjoyed the chuckle πŸ™‚

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Marita January 29, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Lol. Our previous mattress was too heavy to flip boy did it get stinky. New mattress from ikea is also heavy but we got a mattress topper as well. So far brilliant.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:51 PM

There you go, I didn’t realise Ikea also sold mattresses!

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Pat January 29, 2016 - 12:46 PM

My sheets are washed every week. In winter that is a real chore as we have bamboo sheets 4000 thread count. They are very thick and day all the drying day to dry. In Winter I usually strip the bed on Friday morning and remake with the second set of sheets that night while the first lot are in the machine, then I nip out first thing in the morning on Saturday to hang them on the line. If I am lucky they will be dry by the sun disappears from the yard at 2 or 3 pm. If not onto the airers they go. They are worth the effort, being thick like blankets but oh so soft and warm.
Summer sheets are easier. 3 pair at present. One pair comes off the bed and if the sun is shining into the wash straight away and usually dry by the time the next load of clothes is ready for the line. Otherwise, I can wait for a sunny day. I do not put my sheets in the dryer as they tend to shrivel up and I refuse to iron sheets.
Once the washed pair is dry, I fold the flat sheet at the clothes line as I had hung it so that I could. The fitted sheet is folded over the bed. Then that pair is put at the bottom of the pile (well only 2 pair in the linen cupboard at any one time).
We are empty nesters at the moment, but even when we had a houseful, I followed this routine. Just the kids would take the new sheets instead of the old sheets to make their beds. Resulting in lots of half worn out sheets and no new ones for quests.
All my ‘spare’ single bed sheets were made into pillowslips when they all left home and decided that a single bed was too small for them to use.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Yes, all my kids are taller than me and I can see that the twins beds are getting a little small for them especially Mr nearly 13 he’s had a huge growth spurt. I’ve had bamboo sheets in the past, it helped to reduce my daughters eczema they were great. Love your method of sheet cleaning!

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Pat January 29, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Kat, only one decided the bed was too short. The other two decided for a wider bed – double bed. So I was left with nearly 18 single bed sheets and not a single bed in the place.
One sheet became a tuck in end on my quilt cover as hubbie was always pulling the quilt up a round his ears making for cold toes.
Don’t recall what other uses they went to. Paint drops sheets and other things. The last few went to make pillowcases. Recall working on the dining table to cut them out so that there was no wastage of the 100% cotton.

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Pat January 29, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Sorry for the spelling and missing words… above.
I also rotate my mattress once a month. Flipping not possible due to pillowtop.

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Kimberley January 29, 2016 - 2:24 PM

I change our king size sheets, daughters queen sheets, and other daughters king single sheets every Saturday. I also change everybodies duvet covers on the first Saturday of each month. We have mattress’s that can only be rotated not flipped. I try to rotate them on the first Saturday of the month if someone else is home to help me.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:36 PM

clever idea on the first saturday of each month, great way to remember to do them.

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Michelle January 29, 2016 - 4:20 PM

I’m very curious as to whether anyone out there who works full time (mon-fri 8 till 4) and has small children actually manages to stick to a laundry schedule? The idea is appealing but I honestly don’t see how I’d have the time. I have no dryer either and am not keen to get one. Sheets are low on my priority and I’m lucky if they get washed once a fortnight.

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Natalie January 29, 2016 - 4:57 PM

We wash at night and hang the washing on clothes drying racks in our spare room. We wash the sheets and towels on Friday so we can cry them outside on Saturday

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:42 PM

I work from home, but mostly do my washing out of my working hours. I put the washing on the night before, usually while dinner is cooking. Then it’s all ready for me to quickly put on the line the next morning. The trick is to remember to get it off the line before the sun goes down. I do seek out my kids help to take washing off the line, as soon as they were tall enough they started to help with this task, don’t be afraid to ask them, it’s a good household responsibility for them. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

I have just asked the readers on facebook, see if they have some ideas for you:
https://www.facebook.com/organisedhousewife/posts/1107069955993619

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Lizzie January 30, 2016 - 2:05 PM

My husband works full time, and I work about 0.75 part time. We have 2 small children.

Rather than a washing schedule, we have 4 laundry baskets (whites, darks, colours, husband work shirts) and we simply put a load on when a basket is full.

I have a loose schedule/guide for other stuff. Friday or saturday we do sheets or towels, alternating weeks. Everyone in the house has 2 sets of sheets on rotation.

Full bed sets get folded together inside a pillow case, and a full set of towels gets stored together. So I am never looking for pieces of the puzzle.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 7:47 PM

love your system Lizzie, sounds easy to keep ontop of πŸ™‚

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Allanah October 27, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Wow that is such a great idea – to fold the sheets and place into a pillowcase….with 3 champion teenage boys and one gorgeous (out numbered!) 12 yo daughter, I am always looking for ways to keep things organised and easily accessable – at their ages, they are old enough to wash and change their own linen weekly, which is a necessity when they are super sporty (and a necessary life skill so they are super handy in their future homes and fair to their partners too!) Thanks!

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Fiona February 6, 2016 - 2:24 PM

I also work full time (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm every day) and I have 3 boys aged 3, 8 and 10. My husband works most weekends so I also do most of the kid running around stuff every weekend. I have a laundry schedule which I try really hard to stick to. In fact I’ve found it’s the only way I can keep on top of everything. I wash our sheets every week and our boys on a fortnightly rotation.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:23 PM

sounds like a very busy household Fiona, having a routine for cleaning, laundry and more will certainly help you keep on top of it all.

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Shubhra January 28, 2017 - 11:43 AM

I was thinking the same ! I manage the fortnightly changes but it’s a struggle and sometimes it becomes 3 weeks. It becomes a choice between a clean vacuumed house well fed, looked after kids against timely changed bedding! lol… I work full time and sometimes late too…

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Shubhra January 28, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Helpful tips here though..

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Jenny Boge October 16, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Weekly sheet washer here. I work 4 days a week and feel like I spend most of my day off doing loads of washing!

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Natalie January 29, 2016 - 4:51 PM

We flip the mattress monthly – I write in the calendar the label locations I.e. Head up ( head of bed, facing up), foot down (foot of bed facing down). We have a Spring mattress with no latex or memory foam layers so mattress flipping is easier. We change the sheets weekly and wash the mattress protector monthly.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:42 PM

great idea writing on the calendar πŸ™‚

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Katrina January 29, 2016 - 6:52 PM

When buying your new mattress check that you can lift it to tuck in the sheets, as my new one I can’t lift it and have a very hard time trying to push the sheets under, very frustrating as I like a tightly made bed

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Yes, great tip Katrina, actually I’ve started struggling lately to lift our current mattress. The lovely assistant pulled the mattress we purcahsed onto the floor for us to try, so gave us a good opportunity to see how easy it was to lift.

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Filipa January 29, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks Filipa

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Filipa January 29, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks Filipa

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Hi Filipa, they are available in my shop find more details here: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/how-to-create-a-laundry-schedule/

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Linda January 29, 2016 - 7:38 PM

Hi Kat
I also had to read that twice, ha,ha.I change my sheets weekly, as I love clean fresh sheets. If I need a boast or am sick I change them again. Love you daily posts.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 7:56 PM

It’s great how the simple things like clean sheets make us happy πŸ™‚

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Jude January 29, 2016 - 11:09 PM

I changed the bedding about once a month for our family for quite a few months. No-one died. No-one got sick more often, had skin problems, worms or headlice. The kids didn’t care. I suspected that there were a lot of other families out there doing the same but keeping the lack of weekly bedlinen-washing a shameful secret!
Now I wash the bedding every week and other items more frequently. The water bill has gone up a lot and we aren’t any healthier for it, in fact have had more health problems
I like them cleaner though and will continue changing ours weekly and the kids every 7-10 days except during sickness when I do daily bedlinen changes. This feels right to me.
However I would be interested if there is any evidence that changing bedlinen more regularly improves health or just how nice the house looks.
The children prefer more activities together than an immaculate house so I need to think about how I spend my my time. Maybe I should be out riding bikes with them!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 7:59 PM

Interesting Jude, I should research and see, would be interesting to read results for sure!

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Rebecca October 4, 2017 - 2:48 PM

TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!. I have 3 boys. Very active. We all shower before bed. They’re all up at the crack of dawn. And wed all rather live our life too. During sickness I wash everything constantly, however regularly I only wash sheets monthly unless they ate actually dirty or smelly, which isn’t very often. Unfortunately, none of us get enough time in bed. πŸ˜‰ I wish I had more time to wash them more often as I too LOVE fresh linen. But I’d rather my kids remember me for the fun & educational activities I did with them.

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Trish January 30, 2016 - 7:55 AM

I change my sheets every week regardless of the season and sometimes twice a week if the weather has been hot. There is nothing better than getting into a bed that has freshly laundered sheets. I repeat nothing better!!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM

LOL, I do agree I think I sleep better in clean sheets

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Kaycee January 30, 2016 - 9:51 AM

I wash all our sheets every Thursday (Ours + 4 girls), and more often than not do ours on a Tuesday as well πŸ™‚
It is a big job, but it works for me πŸ™‚
Oh and I iron the pillowcases before they go back on the bed too.
I also put the same sheets back on the beds that night, so not folding of sheets.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:01 PM

It’s a good time saver not having to fold the sheets. My nan used to iron sheets too, it was actually how I started to learn how to iron, I loved ironing her sheets and tea towels.

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Jenny Boge October 16, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Me too!

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Chris Ann January 30, 2016 - 1:47 PM

LOL!!! For years I have been feeling guilty because I only change the sheets fortnightly [and sometimes monthly in winter]- I was brought up to do it every week and my M-I-L would have been horrified if she knew I didn’t change them every week. Once my children hit adolescence it became their responsibility to keep their rooms habitable and to change their own sheets and I shudder now when I remember what sometimes landed in the wash!
BTW – one very useful container [a decorative box] was labelled “ODD SOX” and kept in the laundry. Sometimes it took a few months for pairs to come together again!
And believe it or not – once my sheets did stay on the bed for 3 months – we were overseas and came home to find that our elder son had been using our bed, but hadn’t bothered to change the sheets! I wasn’t impressed – I really needed my own bed ready for me to leap into that day!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:04 PM

You can only do what you can, and if it’s washing sheets every fortnight, it’s better than longer than that. Sometimes thought I would love a bed fairy, to wash, hang and put them all back on the bed!!

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April January 30, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Regardless of the season, sheets are changed fortnightly and pillow cases twice a week. I change my quilt cover once a month. Mattress protector and pillow protectors are washed once a year.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:05 PM

I like that idea of replacing the pillow cases inbetween washes, I might try this.

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Darra January 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

We have two double beds in this house. Sheets are changed fortnightly on Friday or Saturday with each bed on an alternate week. Season change I also wash all blankets.
I just got a new mattress and it came with a guide dictating how often to rotate it. Rotate not flip. This varies from fortnightly to monthly. Usually I try to rotate once a fortnight when I change sheets on each bed.
Each bed also has a bamboo mattress topper which gets washed seasonally. This is comfy and will hopefully stop the donated mattress problem.

Kat if your kids move to double beds don’t get rid of the singles. My mr 11 is tall so we already moved him to a double. But he sometimes has sleepovers. So what I did was I cut the old single bed frame legs virtually off, and cut the headboard end board bits off, then I put heavy duty castors on the bottom. I stuck one of those cheap thin mattresses on top with a doona cover over it as a dust cover. It now gets stored under the double bed as a spare trundle bed.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Darra that is such a clever idea to repurpose the single beds! When I went mattress shopping on the weekend the assistant said that beds don’t need to be flipped these days just rotated.

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Tab January 30, 2016 - 7:44 PM

I change our sheets weekly. My Mum always washed them weekly, and I took the habit with me when I moved in with my now-husband. As for mattress flipping/rotating, when we bought ours 2 years ago, we were told to rotate it every couple of months, but that was really just for our weight differences. I am, quite literally, half the size of my hubby!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:10 PM

I think it gives it a good balance to flip or rotate the mattress. The assistant on the weekend said mattresses these days don’t need to be flipped or rotated, but she does still recommend to do it… she says weekly, I”m not so sure about that?

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carli February 1, 2016 - 1:11 PM

I usually change everybodys sheets weekly,and towels twice a week. But a month ago we moved up here to Brisbane from Canberra. Our new house has no airconditioning!!!!I am soooo over the heat and humidity at the moment, and it makes me want to change the sheets daily! but with 6 children = 7 beds I would never keep up with the laundry! I have to do all the towels daily because they wont dry on the bathroom rails, they stay damp and smell πŸ™

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Yes I here you there Carli, I’m down on the Gold Coast and was so hot last night. We also didn’t have airconditioning for the month over Christmas, as it was broken when we moved in…. so pleased to have it now, I hope you can get one installed soon.

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April February 2, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Hi Carli, have you tried hanging the towels on the clothes line to dry so you don’t have to wash them daily?

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Tracy February 1, 2016 - 4:50 PM

I follow your laundry schedule and have for quite sometime. However I do my grocery shop ever 2nd Tuesday so the bedding gets done every other Tuesday. I also wash our mattress protectors and doonas the first bedding wash day of the season, after which I clean my machine. It’s a big day in the laundry but it’s only once every 3 months.
Also, change my sheets the Sunday before I wash. I think I’d get bored with the same sheets much longer than that lol.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Yes I always have the same sheets on the bed, but have been watching a few instgram accounts and their beds look great, with fun bright pillows and quilt covers. Our new bed get’s delivered next week I might splurge and get a few new pillow cases?

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Vanessa February 2, 2016 - 3:50 PM

I change & wash all bed sheets/pyjamas weekly in summer. In winter I wash pillow cases & pyjamas weekly, but the sheets are washed fortnightly.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:05 AM

I’m learning that many are washing pillows mid wash, which is a great idea!

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Kharissa February 3, 2016 - 6:07 AM

Ha ha ha I must admit for a second I thought wow 3 months that’s a bit strange for someone so organised but then I remembered your washing routine so thought she probably means she actually changes the linen every 3 months to change the look of her rooms and keep things fresh and exciting!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:08 AM

I just woreded it so terribly, what I was trying to say was don’t do this tip today, just the next time you change the sheets. I think I was thinking it in my head how to word it and what was actually typed just didn’t match.

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Valerie February 3, 2016 - 7:11 AM

I got fed up with my heavy mattress as I move frequently.
Recently I bought a “mattress in a box” and I am very impressed with it, time will tell how it stands up to my weight, etc.
My idea of luxury is to have clean,100% cotton, air-dried sheets nightly. It’s throwback to my childhood days in a remote area where the practice was to change the bottom sheet and pillowcase weekly, but the top sheet was moved to the bottom and the fresh one put on top.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:16 AM

I’ve heard about these mattresses in a box, would love to know what you think of it Valerie, is it comfortable and how it lasts πŸ™‚

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Lynne March 16, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Valerie, I remember Mum always washed the bottom sheet and pillowcases each week, and moved the top sheet to the bottom and put a fresh sheet on top. Of course, those were the days before fitted sheets! I wash my sheets every fortnight and air dry them if possible. Sometimes it can be 3 or even 4 weeks though in winter, due to Melbourne’s weather! I always iron pillowcases before putting them back on, they feel and look so much nicer. I have to confess I only wash doona covers about every 3 months or sooner if they get grubby. I absolutely hate wrestling the doona cover back on the doona! Also, I iron my doona covers, so it is quite a big job. I wash mattress and pillow protectors about every 6 weeks and air the pillows then too, in the sun if possible. Our pillows are memory foam and I wish they were washable, but they aren’t.

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Nat February 3, 2016 - 7:51 AM

I wash change our linen every second Tuesday and the alternate Tuesday’s, my twinnies linen. Once a month on a nice day when I can’t be bothered making the beds, I hang the doonas and pillows out in the sunshine. Vacuum the mattresses twice a year. I think I’ll start to spray our pillows, doonas and mattress once a month too though! Hadn’t thought much about that. Any product you recommend in particular?

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Nat February 3, 2016 - 3:34 PM

I couldn’t wait ANY longer ? I went to the supermarket and checked it all out. I found glen 20 has an antibacterial fabric mist that has a pleasant smell. Blue trigger nozzle bottle. It’s the ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:18 AM

I use the Bosito’s Dust Mite Spray Nat, you can find it in the laundry aisle at the grocery store, my kids have allergies and it helps them. They are little bugs that you can’t see with your eye that live in all the dirt and dust in the beds.

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JK February 3, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Oh my gosh you are all too organised! I don’t really wash sheets often, I figure I don’t wash the couch covers much, so why the beds!? Lol. My daughter suffered from eczema and I cleared it up with diet, gut healing immune boosting foods. Now it doesn’t come back regardless of how often I wash the sheets πŸ™‚ But I envy your organisation which I guess is why you’re the organised housewife! I spend most of my time cooking and crafting instead of cleaning πŸ™‚ Jude’s msg was funny, I certainly won’t disclose here how often my bed sheets get washed! Lol

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:20 AM

Julie I’d love to know more about your daughters diet, what type of foods helped her eczema? My husband also has psoriasis, which is sadly getting worse as the years pass and we have often talked about a big diet change to see if it will improve it, he said his mum tried it when he was younger but it didn’t help him.

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Yvonne Jaunay May 8, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Try and see a specialist. My husband had what the doctors said was psoriasis all over his back, but the specialist diagnosed and then treated a frugal infection. No worries since.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 10, 2018 - 9:10 AM

yes he does see a specialist which has been a great help for him πŸ™‚

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Maree February 3, 2016 - 11:43 AM

I wash my sheets weekly and air my doona on the line once weekly and spray with lavender oil.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:20 AM

your doona will smell beautiful with Lavender oil πŸ™‚

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Sarah February 3, 2016 - 1:21 PM

This may seem a little excessive however our sheets are changed every Monday and Friday and that works well for my family. We live in Cairns Nth Qld and all seem to sleep better with fresh sheets. I have three or four sets of sheets per bed to be able to maintain our routine. I change our towels every three days. In the wet season our towels don’t dry that well and can tend to become smelly if left in the bathroom – paticularly on the weekends when we can shower around 3-4 times a day depending on the activity.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:22 AM

that’s completely understandable living up north Sarah, can get so hot and humid there.

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Sharon February 3, 2016 - 7:13 PM

My sheets are due to be changed but I also have a new mattress to arrive, so… I am torn in between changing them today/tomorrow or to just wait for the mattress so I don’t have to change them a second time. Ah the dilemma (1st world problems).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:24 AM

LOL I had the same discussion with my husband a few days ago, he said why bother when we are getting our new mattress soon…. let’s just say the sheets were changed πŸ™‚

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Lorraine February 6, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Hi Kat, First time writer on your site. I love reading your blog – keep up the great work inspiring us all to have neater, cleaner homes πŸ™‚
I change my sheets once a week and have always done so even when I had a family at home. Just love that fresh sheet feeling.
I do remember though back when I was a kid and belonged in a family of 8, there were no fitted sheets then and mum would wash the bottom sheet weekly and put the top sheet on the bottom, so that the sheets would get even wear going from top to bottom. When they became worn in the middle she would cut up the centre and sew the sides into the centre hence getting maximum wear from her sheets. Back in the days of using everything to its fullest!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:19 PM

wow your mum was great at repurposing good on her, welcome to commenting Lorraine, it’s so lovely to hear from you

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Margaret February 14, 2016 - 9:00 PM

This is how my Mum did our sheets as well…..also sewed them to get maximum wear…..

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Margaret February 14, 2016 - 8:57 PM

We have had an IKEA mattress for almost a year now…..best one we have had….not expensive…can have 10 for the price of 1 with some we looked at. I have a bad back and it is wonderful. You do not flip the mattress…..we are really happy…..:) and as empty nesters if I could I would change the sheets every day, but usually weekly….

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Kylie April 13, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Hi Katrina. Just wondering where you got the beautiful Aqua flower doona cover from in the photo?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 14, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Hi Kylie, I purchased this from Adairs last year, so sadly I don’t think they will still stock it… this is a super king, which I love as it goes over the edges of the bed really nicely.

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Therese July 29, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Mattresses should be vacuumed regularly too! This will help remove dust mites. Steam cleaning with anti allergy treatments at least once a year is also something I recommend. My kids have allergies too so I find this helps. I also use a herbal laundry powder from Aussie company TriNature – no nasties just clean fresh linen and no itch!

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Vivienne July 29, 2016 - 10:21 PM

I have a brand new mattress. I was told to rotate the mattress every week for the first month, thereafter every three months. As far as sheets go. Every Sunday I change sheets and pillowcases in this fashion.
I have two sets of pillows on the bed. So one week I replace the fitted sheet with a clean one and matching pillowcases for one set of pillows. The next week I replace the top sheet and matching pillowcases. My sheets last me decades as the same sheets are not used all the time

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 1, 2016 - 9:47 AM

great system you have there Vivienne πŸ˜‰

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paula armstrong August 26, 2016 - 7:02 AM

I change my sheets twice a week. I always start the weekend with fresh sheets and ironed pillow cases (2/person). On Monday I change the sheets and the 2 pillowcases that look wrinkled. I also still hang my bed linens out. It’s pure luxury to me to have clean sheets. When I was single I slept half the week on one side of the bed and half on the other side. Nothing and I mean NOTHING compares with clean scrumptious sheets!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 29, 2016 - 9:12 AM

Clean Scrumptious Sheets….. words of the day, love it Paula, yes it’s a great feeling to lay in fresh sheets.

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Janine October 8, 2016 - 11:04 PM

For us… it all depends how busy we are. I like ours changed weekly and the kids fortnightly but sometimes it’s more often and sometimes less. I probably have a better routine during school term. Routine flies out the window during school holidays.

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Rosie December 12, 2016 - 7:26 AM

Once a week for me. It’s a bit of a pain in melbourne winter because they are hanging around on the clothes horse for almost the whole week – no dryer! I love fresh sheets. If I could, I would change them every day, but it’s so not practical.
In the summer they dry in a flash so it’s easy.
Thanks Kat. I love your readers tip about labelling each corner of the mattress with the seasons. Good idea.

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Wendy Inglis December 12, 2016 - 8:13 AM

I cant flip my mattress, it is the sort that has a pillow topper I can change it from top to bottom but cant flip it over
I do change the sheets every 7-10 days, more often in the summer humidity we get here
Lovely to have clean smelling sheets. And living here (Qld) we don’t need a clothes dryer like we did in Melbourne, it was very hard to get things dry down there especially in the Dandenong’s, it always seemed damp, so our dryer was worked quite hard but costed in power bills, we could afford it back then

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Courtney March 1, 2017 - 8:31 AM

I change the sheets on a Friday – I like the fresh sheet feeling for the weekend. My little one has an extra sheet from her days at pre-kindy during the week, so I have her SB sheets (topped up the load with other coloured items) and our QB sheets topped up with some whites (it’s a light coloured load). Once a month I wash the mattress/pillowcase protectors and doona covers. I change the towels and tea towels (including hand towels) twice during the week including the gym towels which make up 2 loads. That then leaves one more load of colours, lights and darks. A load is in my machine every day.

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Farah March 1, 2017 - 6:19 PM

I live in a rural area with no town water access, so if it doesn’t rain we got no water to play with! Hence I choose carefully when I wash large items, I might even take them to a laundromat and use their water if it’s something huge like a doona or big blankets. I change our sheets and towels every week, and we all shower (me, husband and 11yo boy) of a night because I can’t stand the thought of going to bed with sticky sweaty skin!

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Sharon December 3, 2017 - 11:33 PM

I wash our sheets (2 boys and myself) twice a week and towels and tea towels are changed every day. Not sure why. Just habit I guess. Maybe I could help the environment and my sanity a bit if I held off on that reading the comments above. Funny how we sometimes just adopt the habits we grew up with….. This is a lovely blog. I stumbled across it looking at lunch boxes but have found some great ideas. Sometimes the house/work/kids/bills etc can become overwhelming so thank you. I do have one helpful routine of a morning – when the kettle is boiling I soak the cloths in bleach and disinfectant and do over all the surfaces – bathrooms, toilets, kitchen benches, tables etc. If I achieve nothing else then at least that part is clean. We only have flat sheets and doonas in covers so making the beds is easy, as said the towels get changed once a day but that can be done before or after work in an hour or so. We have a labrador who despite our best intentions spends far too much time indoors so I vacuum once a day and steam mop twice a week but really that’s about it. Sounds intense but isn’t. The ironing thankfully not my role at the moment. We’ve simplified considerably to have 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 glasses, a steamer saucepan set, a fry pan and a slow cooker, a few utensils and some storage containers in general rotation and that means cleaning up is very very easy. When we came back from living in Europe for a number of years I put everything in storage and bought some very simple white furniture that wipes down. some people find it a bit ascetic but for us it works and is so simple to keep organised and cleaned when I’m not dusting a few hundred books, toys and ornaments. fresh flowers and a bowl of fruit, bit of colour in the form of kids artwork or a cushion or two and I find it’s enough. All our linen is white which means I can bleach it too if there are accidents. Not for everyone but at the moment it works. Thanks again

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 5, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Sounds like you have a great system in place to get everything done. Thanks for sharing

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Danielle December 23, 2019 - 9:14 PM

I wash sheets once a week. There are times they go a bit longer. As for the dooner…. not often enough, usually get it cleaned in summer so it is ready for winter

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Amy October 15, 2020 - 2:34 PM

This post has made my day. I have always read articles and opinions that sheets should be done weekly and I always feel so guilty when we don’t get them done. Ours are often fortnightly or longer for the kids’ beds. So many variables which are always taken into account. But as a busy working mum this has made me feel better.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 19, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Amy thank you for your comment – this too has made my day πŸ™‚ Kat x

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Hayley Banks November 16, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Uh oh, we’re quite on the guilty side for this one. I wish I could say 1-2 weeks but no. With all the health scare going around, I feel like it’s finally time to buff our cleaning habits and make sure everything is regularly deep cleaned as well.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 18, 2020 - 9:22 AM

I think the current situation has made lots of people examine their habits! Maybe you could pick a specific day that is sheet washing day to help you get into a rhythm of washing them more regularly. Kat x

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