This is How Often You Should Wash Everything in Your Home

Find out if you're too rigid or too relaxed when it comes to washing your towels, bedding and kitchen appliances.

Depending on your personality, you may lean towards washing your household items too much - or not enough!

If you tend to only wash when things start to smell, you may be in for a rude shock. 

There is actually a benchmark for you to follow when it comes to doing your laundry, or cleaning out your dishwasher! Here's how often you should be washing everything in your home:

  • Towels: After 3-4 uses

Yep, your towel is filthy. New York University microbiologist, Philip Tierno, told Tech Insider towels must be washed after every three or four uses to get rid of bacteria from your body and your bathroom - and apparently your towel is full of all the unpleasant stuff!

  • Sheets: Once a week

Most of you probably aren't doing this because, let's face it, it's a huge hassle. Stripping and making your bed can be a chore, especially if you're doing it solo. However, to wash away all that sweat, skin cells and daily dirt, take your sheets to the laundry once a week.

  • Pillows: Twice a year

Martha Stewart insists, even with protectors, pillows should be washed twice a year. The protectors should be washed once a month. However, how you wash your pillows is all dependent on what it is made of, and some will carry dust and dirt worse than others.

  • Quilt: Only when you spill on it!

Most people don't wash their doona at all, and Martha Stewart says you don't necessarily need to if you use a quilt cover (which should be washed every month). 

  • Carpets and Rugs: Once a year

You should vacuum at least once a week to keep your carpets and rugs free of dust. However, when it comes to a good steam clean, once every one or two years should do it.

  • Dishwasher: Once a week

According to Choice, you should be rinsing your dishwasher filter weekly. However, wash your entire dishwasher by running an empty hot water cycle once every six months. Some may choose to add a drop of vinegar to this process to really clean it out.

  • Oven: Every six months

Washing your oven may take some planning as it's best not to wash if you plan on cooking a meal in it shortly after! To wash your oven, you'll need to soak the trays and racks in soapy water, then apply oven cleaner to the inside of your oven and leave overnight. Wipe out the next day. 

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