Pajamas are the go to when you’re thinking of having a chill sesh at home but it turns out we may not be washing them nearly as much as we are supposed to. Experts have warned not changing your PJs regularly enough could make them a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty bugs and illnesses. The way we wash them is also important to prevent the bacteria from growing and spreading.
It turns out people should make sure they change their pyjamas at least every three wears. Some of the common bugs on our skin can become more risky if PJs aren’t changed often enough. We all have these bugs (such as staphylococcus aureus), which can cause a variety of illnesses ranging from skin infections to meningitis. Most of the time these bugs are totally harmless, unless they get into an open cut.
Professor Lisa Ackerley, from the University of Salford, told Mail Online: “Wash pyjamas at 60C – or if you do wash them at 40C, do so with a laundry product that has a disinfectant to kill 99.9% of bacteria.” This advice comes after research revealed that most men only change their pajamas once every 13 nights. Women are even less likely to change their nightwear and only change their PJs every 17 wears.
Professor Sally Bloomfield, Consultant in Hygiene and Infectious Disease Prevention, said: “Pyjamas are worn right next to the skin – and we shed skin cells, filled with micro-organisms, at a vast rate. These organisms are usually harmless but if they get into the wrong place they can cause problems.”
For example, E-coli bacteria transferring from the bowel to the urinary tract can cause cystitis. However, there is a way you could change your PJs less frequently with fewer risks – make sure you have a shower before bed. Experts do, however, insist the absolute bare minimum you should wash your pyjamas is once a week.