It can seem sometimes as if the piles of laundry will never end but you might be a bit more eager to catch up on the washing after reading this!
A new survey has revealed how often we should be washing our towels, sheets, pyjamas and underwear in order to avoid causing illness.
The research, carried out by Kelkoo, found that more than a quarter of men and six per cent of women wore underwear for two days before changing them.
However, Dr Lisa Ackerly from the University of Salford said that briefs should be changed daily or people leave themselves open to contracting urinary tract infections, pneumonia and blood infections.
Furthermore, underwear should be thrown out and replaced each year to reduce the risk of infection.
Think you can leave your pyjamas for a week or two without washing? Wrong! While the average 18 to 30 year old woman wears the same pyjamas for 17 nights, experts say that E.Coli bacteria could be transferred and cause infection if they aren’t washed regularly.
Ideally, pyjamas should be washed “every two days or at least once a week”, according to Professor Sally Bloomfield, Consultant in Hygiene and Infectious Disease Prevention.
When it comes to the kitchen, it’s just as important to keep everything clean and a survey carried out by Dettol recently found that nine out of ten dishclothes were contaminated with bacteria.
The average used dishcloth contains six times as much bacteria as a toilet handle so to keep you and your family safe, rinse thoroughly after each use. Dishclothes should also be washed with antibacterial cleanser each night and replaced every month. Same goes for dish towels, which should be changed daily.
Microbiologists recommend washing bath towels after every three uses to avoid spreading staphylococcus aureus (which can cause skin infections), cold sores and Athlete’s Foot.
Humans shed half an ounce of skin each week and your bed is also a breeding ground for dust mites, according to Dr Ackerley, so people are advised to pull back their duvet in the morning and open a window to release moisture.
Sheets should be changed every week and don’t forget to wash your duvets and pillows too – as both should be laundered every few months to prevent allergies.
Finally, Dr Uchenna Okoye of London Smiling Dental Group told The Mirror that potentially fatal viruses can be passed on by sharing a toothbrush so sharing is definitely not recommended!
Toothbrushes should be changed every three months and should be stored far away from your bathroom.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to stock up on some extra washing powder!