How often should you wash your sheets? (plus seven more linens)

Learn how frequently you should really launder your sheets, bath towels, curtains, pillows and more.

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How often do you launder your linens? According to a 2015 Women’s Health poll, most people wash towels and sheets fairly often—though perhaps, not as habitually as they should.

“Just like with our clothes, actively used linens, especially those that touch food or skin, should be washed more frequently, while less actively used linens, like decorative hand towels or seasonal comforters, can go a bit longer,” says Maeve Richmond, founder and head coach of home organizing company Maeve’s Method.

Curious about the best cleaning practices? Read on for a few common guidelines about how regularly you should wash those oft-used fabrics.