Cheat sheet On When To Replace & Wash Your Bedding

Cheat sheet On When To Replace & Wash Your Bedding

Do you know how often you should replace your bedding?

The answer depends on the type of bedding you have and how often you use it.

Did you know that on average we spend about 33 years of lives in bed and 26 of those years sleeping? - Dream

So given that we spend a big portion of our lives in bed or sleeping, replacing and caring for our bedding is just as important as the amount of sleep we get. 


Refer to our cheat sheet below for when you should be replacing and caring for your bedding. 

Blankets / Coverlets / Comforters 

Blankets and comforters are often the last things people think of when it comes to cleaning their home, but they should be cleaned regularly. Proper cleaning helps prevent dust mites, mould and mildew from growing in your blankets and comforters. Cleaning also helps keep the fibers clean so they don't become damaged or worn out prematurely.

Wash: 2-3 Months (Once per season) 

Replace: 2-5 years

Shop: Blankets, Coverlets, Comforters 


Pillows are the most commonly replaced bedding item, so it’s important to note how often you should replace them. Pillows will gradually have a build-up of dead skin, sweat, oils and hair which are the perfect environment to attract dust mites. 

Wash: Every 4-6 months (if washable) More if there is no protector on the pillow

Replace: 2-3 Years (Especially a microfibre/polyester pillow)

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Pillow Protectors 

Pillow protectors are a great way to protect your pillow, however even if they need replacing. The most important thing to remember is that you should always replace your pillow protector when it becomes dirty or smelly.

If you notice any discolouration on the surface of the protector, it’s time to replace it. Also, if you notice any discolouration on the surface of the protector, it’s time to replace it.

Wash: At least once per season 

Replace: 1-2 years 

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The best time to replace and wash your pillowcases is when you do the same for your sheets.

Wash: Once per week

Replace: Every 2-3 years

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Mattress Protectors

Mattress protectors are one of the most effective ways to keep your mattress clean and fresh.

Wash: At least once per month maybe more during the warmer months 

Replace: Every 2-3 years

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Mattress Toppers

Mattress toppers are a very popular choice because they help you to sleep better at night. They are made of foam, latex or other soft materials. They can be purchased in many sizes and shapes to fit any style of bed frame. As with most things in life, it’s best to replace them after they become worn out – usually every three years or so depending on how often you use them (and what you use them for).

Wash: 4 times per year (seasonally) 

Replace: Every 3-5 years depending on the fill quality 

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How often you should wash your sheets depends on a number of factors, including how much you sweat and how long you sleep. The general rule of thumb is to wash them once a week, but if they're not dirty, don't wash them until they are. It's best to keep your sheets clean and fresh-smelling, but there's no need to go overboard. If you sleep hot or sweat at night, it's probably time for a wash. Body odour also builds up quickly in bedding that hasn't been washed in a while. If you have pets or allergies that make your bedding smell less than fresh, it could be time for a wash too.

A good rule of thumb is that if it smells bad, then it probably needs to be washed — and sooner rather than later.

Wash: Weekly 

Replace: 2-5 Years (dependent on how often you use a set) 

Shop: Sheet Sets 


Wash: 4 times per year 

Replace: 5-10 years  - dependent on the fill and the quality of quilt. Polyester/microfibre. may need to be replaced more frequently. Down and Feather can last longer when properly cared for. 

Shop: Quilts / Duvets / Doonas

Quilt Covers

Wash: 1-2 Times per month 

Replace: 2-5 years (depending on if you use a flat sheet) 

Shop: Quilt covers


Wash: 1-2 Times per year

Replace: As needed

Shop: Valances


Clean: At least twice per year 

Replace: Every 7-10 years 


This is just a general guide, refer to manufacturers' recommendations as well for your bedding. 

We hope that this article has helped you decide how often to replace your bedding. If you're still not sure, we recommend going with a yearly or bi-yearly schedule so that you can stay fresh throughout the year!

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