Most people rarely wash these items and that makes them really gross

You probably don’t wash these items often enough

There are some items we’re not washing often enough. Think of your hat or scarf, for example. When’s the last time you’ve put those through the washing machine? There’s a good chance you just throw them in with the other winter gear when Spring rolls around without thinking of washing them. The thing is, that’s not all. There are many more items we should definitely be washing more often. These items can be a source of bacteria and that’s not what you want in your home or on your body.

We’re guessing you’ve never washed this particular item.

Canvas bag

We’re referring to canvas bags here. You use them a lot for a quick errand or two and then they end up back in a cupboard without getting a proper wash. Especially when you use a canvas bag quite a lot, it can become home to a lot of nasty bacteria. Research has shown that the E.coli bacterium was found in 12 per cent of canvas bags. That’s a very nasty bacterium that can make you very ill. It’s also known as the ‘poop bacterium’. It’s not that weird that this bacterium can be found on your canvas bag if you think about it. After all, you do put it down on the floor or ground every now and then. Throw it in the washing machine right away!

Washing instructions

Like we said above, there are a ton more items most people don’t wash nearly often enough. But what are they and how often should we be washing them? Let’s put it all in a clear list:

Every day

  • pantyhose
  • shirts
  • blouses
  • kitchen towels
  • dishcloths
  • washcloths
  • underpants

Every week

  • sheets
  • pillowcases
  • bath mats

After three uses

  • pyjamas
  • bath towels
  • bras
  • dresses
  • skirts
  • sweaters
  • jeans
  • canvas bags

Every month

  • bathrobes
  • mattress covers
  • pillow liners

Every three months

  • shower curtains
  • throw blankets
  • bedspread/quilt
  • outerwear

Every six months

  • comforter
  • pillows

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Source: CosmopolitanGood Housekeeping | Image: pxhere