Bedding experts share how often you should be washing your sheets to ‘get rid of bacteria’

To prevent spreading germs on bedding, it should be washed frequently in a hot wash, even if it’s a highly absorbent fabric.

Anti-bacterial laundry cleansers, a colour-safe bleach or hydrogen peroxide can then be used to effectively sanitise sheets.

Ensure you do a patch test before using a product to check whether it damages your sheets.

Once washed, dry your sheets properly either in a dryer or in the sun. Sunlight has disinfecting properties which will help kill off any lingering nasties.

Luckily, strict rituals are followed across the country when it comes to keeping sheets clean, according to DUSK’s survey.