How Often You Should Wash Bedding, Towels and Clothes | Carson Tahoe Health

How Often You Should Wash Bedding, Towels and Clothes

Have you ever wondered how long you can go without washing your sheets, pajamas, or jeans? Simply smelling or looking at them doesn’t always do the trick, but washing something too often can shorten its lifespan. Use these tips to decide when it’s time to toss items into the laundry basket.


Bed sheets should be washed at least every other week. If you sweat at night, wash your bedsheets weekly. On the other hand, you only need to clean pillows and comforters 2 or 3 times a year. An easy reminder: Wash them when the seasons change.

Of course, after someone’s been sick, throw all their bed linens in the washer.

Bath Linens

When it comes to bath towels, they need a spin in the washer after 3 or 4 uses. To keep towels from getting musty-smelling in between washes, make sure to hang them up and give them room to air dry thoroughly. Towels that are used after a workout need to be washed more often.

Every now and then, consider tossing your shower curtain liner in the wash. This can help prevent it from getting mildew stains. If your bathroom sees heavy foot traffic, the bath mat may need to be washed weekly. Smart shopping tip: Increase the time between washes by purchasing a reversible bath mat.


Not everything you wear gets dirty after you’ve worn it once. Jackets, dresses, and jeans can be worn several times before they need a cleaning. When your denim jeans start to lose their stretch, it’s time for them to hit the washing machine. Toss your pajamas in the wash after a few good nights’ sleep. If you shower before you go to bed, you can wait a few extra nights between washings.

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