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A complete guide to washing your sheets in the summer

A complete guide to washing your sheets in the summer

That feeling of laying your head and body on fresh sheets after a long day is priceless. While that fresh-sheet feeling is something we all want and need, maintaining a healthy washing routine can become time-consuming.

In this guide, you will find some pro-tips on how you can ensure that fresh sheet feeling lasts year-round - but especially during summer. You may also learn some alarming facts about how much dust and dirt can unknowingly make their way into our beds.

The summer months can be trying times for our bedding as increased sweat and humidity can leave our bedding, pillows, and mattress vulnerable. The warmer seasons create more bacteria, dirt, and sweat than any other time of the year.

Take care of your bedding, and in turn, your bed will take care of you with a cooler and more comfortable sleep.

Why wash your sheets more in the summer?

Washing sheets more in the summer is not as much of an option as it is a necessity. Studies indicate that some beds absorb up to 26 gallons of sweat per year and the amount of dirt and dust that can be found within some sheets is horrifying.

In the summer, increased humidity, dust circulation due to air conditioning, sweat, natural body oils, lotions, make-up, hair products, as well as other less flattering germs and chemicals, can make their way into our beloved beds.

In the hotter months, pillows, blankets, sheets, and even mattresses need that extra love and care for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Keeping your bed and sheet fresh will also benefit your health. If you suffer from summer allergies, you will benefit from minimizing dust and bacteria in the warmer more sensitive months.

Why wash your sheets more in the summer?

How often should you wash your sheets?

In summer, sheets should be changed once per week. This includes fitted sheets, top sheets, pillowcases, and quilt covers. In the colder months, due to less humidity and dust, washing sheets fortnightly will keep your bed fresh and comfortable.

Use mild detergents and minimize the use of fabric softeners. Washing at lower temperatures will keep your sheets soft and fresh. It's best to wash sheets separately from other items and place them loosely in the washing machine to ensure an even, tangle-free clean.

Having a rotation of at least 3 sets of bedding is an easy way to ensure the weekly change is within reach. That way, even if one set is still in the laundry pile, you will always have a fresh set in the linen closet ready to enjoy.

How often should you wash your sheets?

Quick tips:
  • Have a rotation of three sheet sets
  • Wash weekly
  • Keep the washing temperature low
  • Don’t crowd the washing machine

If you are using a cooling comforter like the Puffy Comforter in the summer months, it is likely you are sleeping quite cool and comfortably.

Depending on how much your body temperature rises throughout the night, we recommend washing your comforter every 4 - 6 weeks.

When you are looking to purchase a new comforter, especially when it is hot, ensure it is machine washable and safe for you to dry at home. This will save you from having to pay the dry cleaner.

 How often should you wash your comforter?

Quick tips:
  • Wash every 4 - 6 weeks
  • Ensure it’s an all-season comforter
  • Make sure you can wash and dry it at home


How to dry your sheet?

Most sheets can be machine dried or can, of course, air dry naturally in the sun. Overdrying is not recommended, as too much time in the dryer or sun will wear out fibres and reduce the plushness of your sheets. So keep a close eye on the time to make your sheets last longer.

Always check the labels of your bedding to identify any specific washing instructions that may be unique to the brand and fabric you use.

Varying fabrics require more specific care, however; as a guide, linen can be dried to temperatures up to 100 degrees F°. Whereas bamboo-based fabrics are better at air drying in the sun or at low machine temperatures.

How to dry your sheet?

Quick tips:
  • Avoid drying temperatures above 100 degrees F°

Washing Pillows

In the summertime, our pillows need extra love and care. Washing pillowcases weekly can help reduce this, but you need to wash your pillow too, at least once every 2 - 3 months.

Pillows, when left without care, can become one of the most unhygienic products in the house. Dirt, dust, sweat, make-up, dead skin, and bacteria can combine to make the humble pillow a disaster zone.

Our top tip is to ensure you have at least 3 sets of pillowcases to ensure there is a fresh one each week in the summer months. Plus, invest in a cooling pillow that will reduce overheating and is washable!

Washing Pillows

Quick tips:
  • Wash every 2 months
  • Ensure your pillow has a removable cover

Keeping your mattress fresh

Your mattress should be cleaned every 3 - 6 months.

Keeping an eye on the cleanliness of your mattress is just as important as having clean sheets. It's counterproductive to change sheets weekly when your mattress hasn’t had your attention - that’s actually where most of the bacteria live.

Researchers have found that a typical used mattress can have between 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside.


So what can you do about this? Firstly, replace your old mattress. The good old mattress flip doesn’t actually help, it just moves the dust around.

Do you feel like your mattress is heavier than it should be? When your mattress gets heavier, it isn’t growing, it’s actually just accumulating dust and bacteria.

Our top tip is to ensure your mattress has a removable cover that can be washed at home. This way, you can have control over the cleanliness of your mattress and have peace of mind knowing you are not sleeping on dust.

Keeping your mattress fresh

Dust can be particularly annoying in the warmer months as it aggravates allergies and can make you feel restless, itchy, and uncomfortable.

If it is time for an upgrade, make sure you research mattresses that have climate-adaptive features like the Puffy Mattress. Breathable and cooling materials of new mattresses like this will regulate your natural temperature keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Quick tips:
  • Clean your mattress every 3 - 6 months
  • Upgrade your old dusty mattress
  • Make sure you can remove and wash the cover

Quick tips on how often to wash sheets in summer

To promote a healthy, cool, and long-lasting sleep on hot summer nights, our beds need some tender love and care to stay fresh and clean.

For an easy summer cleaning routine, we suggest:

  • Washing sheets and pillowcases weekly
  • Washing comforters every 4 weeks
  • Washing pillows every two months
  • Wash your mattress cover every 3 - 6 months

This will allow your body to rest and rejuvenate in a healthy and comfortable environment all summer long.



Certified Sleep Science Coach

Written by Monica Chinsami, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Monica is a writer who is passionate about the connection between wellness and sleep. She believes sleep has the power to unlock our greatest potential for health and happiness. Topics she's covered range from well-being, to the latest trends in sleep health and bedroom aesthetics. Monica holds a BA in Journalism from Monash University and is a Certified Sleep Science Coach.