Dear Home-Ec 101,
Could you please explain to my 14-year-old daughter why it’s important to wash bed sheets regularly?
Skeeved in Skokie
Absolutely, I’ll even do it in a video so she doesn’t have to take the time to read. Just stick it in her YouTube queue.
Here’s what it comes down to. Human beings are nasty creatures. We shed skin cells, sweat, and drool. When you’re in bed, you’re doing all of those things in one place for eight hours or so, creating a dust mite buffet. Everything that eats also excretes, so you can wash your sheets regularly or hang out with your new eight-legged friends and their waste.
Changing your pillowcase regularly can also help clear up acne, as you’ll no longer be wallowing in the oil and bacteria you left behind the night before. Just make sure to use white pillowcases if you’re using any topical acne medication. Many acne medications can bleach fabrics. It’s much less noticeable if you use a white case.
Good luck. I hope this helps your daughter see the light.
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