So where do bed bugs find a cozy place to thrive? A recent survey revealed the average bachelor only changes his sheets four times a year. The survey revealed that men aged 18-25 were the most unhygienic. The survey that was performed in the U.K. broke down cleanliness by age group.
Unsurprisingly, young men between the ages of 18 and 25 reported being the most neglectful when it comes to their bedding. Almost 72 percent of men who were surveyed only washed their sheets once every three months.
Couples, on the other hand, were much tidier, changing the sheets about once every two weeks. Single women changed their sheets every 2.5 weeks. The survey found when it came to couples, 81 percent of the time women were in charge of the laundry.
‘Also, by allowing your bed to become so unclean you’re almost asking for a bed bug infestation, which could prove to be a high price to pay for simply not washing your sheets more regularly.’Dr. James Sinclaire
The cleanest people who washed their sheets once a week were between the ages of 35 and 50 with 62 percent being female. When it came to those who changed their bedsheets once every three months or less, they were asked why. The majority of participants (49 percent) claimed that they felt this was an ‘acceptable gap’ to wait between sheet changes, while 22 percent ‘didn’t see the need’ to change their sheets more frequently.
Just under a fifth of participants simply ‘didn’t care.’ However, 17 percent of the single male participants claimed that their partner has been ‘put off’ by the uncleanliness of their bed linens in the past, compared to a tiny 2 percent of the single women taking part.
When asked whether or not guest bed sheets always get changed after having guests to stay, just 32 percent said ‘yes’. Two thirds claimed that they kept the same sheets on until they’d had ‘several guests’ use them. Single male respondents were asked how many different bed sheet sets they owned, to which the average answer was ‘one set’ for just over half of those participating in the survey.
According to the majority of single female respondents, they claimed to own an average of three sets. Ergoflex spokesperson Jed MacEwan, said: ‘We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents.
‘Unclean bed sheets contain the tens of thousands of dead skin cells that we shed every night, and by going months without cleaning them you’re risking some distinctly unpleasant consequences every time you go to bed. ‘Dust mites would find a perfect habitat in such unhygienic bed sheets, and it’s well documented that they can cause allergic flare-ups, asthma, rhinitis and other physical reactions.
‘Also, by allowing your bed to become so unclean you’re almost asking for a bed bug infestation, which could prove to be a high price to pay for simply not washing your sheets more regularly.’