What would happen if you never washed your sheets

Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: No one likes making their bed, let alone washing their sheets. Especially single men. In one survey, 55% of single men between 18 and 25 reported changing their sheets only four times a year. And to be clear, those are beds that you would not want to sleep in.

You shed about 15 million skin cells each night, but they don’t just pile up in your sheets. Because something else is already there waiting to gobble them up: dust mites. And the longer you wait between washes, the more food these critters will have and the more they’ll procreate and multiply. So if you don’t wash your sheets, you’ll be sleeping with hundreds of thousands of arachnids.

Now, for the estimated 20 million Americans with dust allergies, it gets worse. Dust mites and their feces produce proteins that cause red and itchy eyes, runny noses, and other cold-like symptoms in people who are allergic. And dust mites, well, they’re actually not the only allergen in a dirty bed. If you never wash your pillow sheets, a community of fungus can also build up there. One study found that a typical pillow has as many as 16 different species of fungus and literally millions of fungal spores. And the most common among them, Aspergillus fumigatus, is potentially dangerous. In addition to allergic reactions, it can infect your lungs and other organs.

And it’s not just fungi joining the party. You see, bacteria also love a good unwashed pillow case or sheet a lot. Another study found that unwashed pillow cases and sheets had up to 39 times more bacteria than pet-food bowls and several thousand times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Like Staphylococcus aureus, which in some rare cases can be deadly.

Now on a slightly less or perhaps more frightening note, dirty sheets can also give you acne. Each night, the oil, lotion, and other cosmetics on your skin transfer to your sheets and build up over time until eventually your bedding is basically a giant used makeup wipe. Then during the following nights, all that gunk transfers back onto your body, clogging your pores, and, voila, you’ve got acne.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way to avoid all of these problems: Wash your sheets, and wash them often. Experts recommend about once a week using the hottest water possible. That’ll kill a lot of bacteria and dust mites, get out stains, and remove oils.

Plus, as awful as making your bed might be, there’s simply nothing better than slipping between clean, crisp sheets.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in May 2019.

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10 useful and innovative ‘Shark Tank’ cleaning products – from phone-sanitizing devices to reusable bamboo paper towels

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The WISPsystem One-Handed Broom, $29.95, is much more ergonomic than traditional brooms.

  • Shark Tank” features entrepreneurial solutions to problems, from back pain to “showering.”
  • Entrepreneurs have pitched the sharks many products to help you clean your house.
  • These 10 cleaning products from “Shark Tank” will make your chores easier.

Shopping for your home is hard enough, but cleaning it is arguably more difficult. This chore is never discussed with much excitement, probably because most people don’t enjoy cleaning.

If you watch “Shark Tank,” however, there have been a number of product pitches that could convince you otherwise and motivate you to clean your room and belongings more often.

Some address the pain of washing your dishes and water bottles and will save your arms from intense scrubbing sessions. Others are safe, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning products. You’ll also see ways to include your pets and tech devices in the cleaning party.

Here are 10 products from “Shark Tank” that will help you keep your entire house clean.

The original ‘Shark Tank’ wunderkind

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Original Scrub Daddy (2-count)

The biggest success from the show is, without a doubt, the Scrub Daddy. It’s also the top pick in our cleaning sponge buying guide

So what makes this smiley scrubber so renowned? The foam adjusts to the temperature (firm in cold water, soft in warm water) so you can switch between tough scrubbing and light cleaning, and it won’t scratch even delicate surfaces like glass, ceramic, and leather. You can use them anywhere, not just for dishes.

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An eco-friendly cleaning system

Blueland Clean Essentials

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Many folks are moving from away from disposable products and towards more reusable options. New startup Blueland is giving you both a cleaner home and a cleaner planet through a clever and cost-efficient system that involves dissolvable cleaning tablets and reusable bottles. During an appearance on “Shark Tank,” Blueland successfully convinced investors how and why its non-toxic cleaning tablets and sustainable packaging would change the way people clean — and after trying it ourselves, we’re converts, too. 

Read our full review of Blueland here

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A device that sanitizes your phone

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PhoneSoap 3.0 UV Sanitizer and Universal Phone Charger

In just 10 minutes, PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of the bacteria lurking on the device you bring with you everywhere. Its UV-C light technology breaks down this bacteria and reaches every inch of your phone, plus it includes a charger so you can clean and charge at the same time. We saw the newest model — PhoneSoap 3.0 — at CES this year and it even lets you charge two devices at the same time. 

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Reusable bamboo “paper” towels

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Bambooee Bamboo Paper Towel Roll

These durable, absorbent towels are an eco-friendly paper towel alternative made of organic bamboo. Each sheet looks and feels like a regular paper towel, but can be washed up to 100 times. Each roll of 30 Bambooee sheets is equivalent to 429 paper towel rolls.

Read our review of the bamboo towels here

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A more effective splatter guard

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Frywall Medium Splatter Guard

While traditional splatter screens cover the pan and make it difficult to check on your food and resulting in condensation, the funnel-like Frywall surrounds the perimeter of the pan. The BPA-free silicone accessory still protects from oil splatters, while allowing you to continue cooking.

Read our review of the Frywall here

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A self-cleaning pad for your dog to relieve itself

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BrilliantPad Self-Cleaning & Automatic Indoor Dog Potty + 1 Roll

The world’s first self-cleaning dog potty, best for dogs under 25 pounds, takes care of a dirty and frequent chore. You can adjust the timer to automatically change a dirty pad one, two, or three times a day, or manually change it with a push of a button. The machine will wrap and seal the waste, keeping your home clean and odor-free.

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A thorough detail brush that doesn’t make a mess

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Brush Hero Wheel Brush Starter Set

From your car wheels to patio furniture to BBQ grills, the Brush Hero detail brush can clean all the hard-to-reach areas. With its steady torque and powerful scrub, it’s more reliable and less messy than screwing a brush onto a power drill. The set comes with one soft and one stiff brush head. 

Read our review of the Brush Hero here

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An ergonomic broom

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WISPsystem One-Handed Broom

Sweeping is a pain, especially when you realize traditional broom and dustpans don’t even catch all the dirt and debris on the floor. This special broom has electrostatic bristles to collect all types of debris and uses a push-and-pull motion to scrape it into a foot-operated dustpan. You only need to use one hand to operate it, plus you never have to bend or stoop over.

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Tablets to clean the inside of your water bottle

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Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets (12-count)

We’re big advocates of using reusable water bottles and thermoses, but they’re not always easy to clean. To clean out your bottle properly — that means all the gunk hiding in the nooks and crannies, not to mention odor buildup — fill it with warm water and drop in one Bottle Bright tablet. After 15-30 minutes, the tablet dissolves and wipes out stains, germs, and residue so your bottle is squeaky clean again.

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Natural household cleaners

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Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner (2-Pack)

For a “Better Life” free of warning labels and harmful chemicals, shop this natural cleaning brand. Its products are so safe that you can spray them in your mouth — which is exactly what the cofounder did during his pitch. They’re free from dyes, alcohol, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, and petroleum-based cleaning agents.

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Your ultimate guide to gearing up for spring 2021, from cleaning products to gardening gear to patio furniture

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  • Spring is the time to refresh our homes, reenergize our well-being, and prepare for summer.
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Spring is a time of renewal, when flower buds bloom, leaves return to barren trees, and the remnants of winter fade away. For many people, it’s a time to refresh our lives and surroundings: reorganizing and tidying the home, planting new seeds, cleaning the grill and pool, setting up outdoor play areas, picking up hobbies where you last left off, and making travel plans, to name a few things.

As more people emerge from a year staying at home, they will want to get outside. Many others will continue to stay indoors and will want to make their homes more comfortable for both work and play. Whatever your situation may be, as part of our Spring Forward coverage, the Insider Reviews team researched and tested the best products and services to help you rejuvenate yourself and your family.

Here are all our favorite resources to help you Spring Forward, including discounts on cleaning products, outdoor gear, and spring style.

All the spring deals and discounts happening now

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We look for the best deals available online daily. Take a look at these great discounts on a variety of popular products.  

The best spring cleaning products

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Spring cleaning is the time to refresh our homes — especially if you’ve been stuck indoors for most of last year. But to do a proper job, make sure you have the best cleaning products and tools on hand. 


The best spring cleaning appliances

The best home, kitchen, and gardening products

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Whether it’s preparing your home to cool down the upcoming summer months or setting up the backyard for outdoor fun, we have you covered with our expert guides from our Home and Kitchen team. For more products and resources, see our companion guide on spring cleaning.

The best grilling products

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Summer isn’t summer if there isn’t grilling involved. Before you start the cookout, make sure your grill and smoker are cleaned and ready for the job, and springtime is the best time to take care of that. If you don’t own a grill yet, spring is the best time to pick one up.

The best outdoor entertaining products

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Now that you’ve gotten your grilling gear up to par, it’s time to set up your outdoor space to enjoy all those burgers and dogs al fresco. Whether you need new patio furniture or a fire pit to roast marshmallows around, now is a great time to gear up.

The best outdoors gear for spring

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As the weather warms up and it becomes safer to venture outside, it’s time to plan that outdoor adventure. From hiking trails to biking trips, check out our stories on the best outdoors gear you can buy.

The best outdoors shoes and apparel

The best outdoors accessories

The best bikes and bike accessories

The best spring travel destinations

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With the increase in vaccinations and more states and countries reopening for visitors, there is a demand for travel. Whether it’s domestic or international and by plane or by car, if you are considering traveling for leisure, check out these best destinations for spring travel. 

The best pet gear for spring

Best dog raincoats in 2021

Other great products to enjoy this spring

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To get the most of the spring season this year, check out these other great products.

The best health products and resources

The best tech gear and entertainment

The best apparel for spring



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