Wednesday, May 25

What is hidden under our sheets (and why they are not usually as clean as they seem)

  • Manal Mohammed
  • The Conversation*

Woman sleeping on pillow and covered with an orange blanket

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Would your sleep be so peaceful if you knew what could be around your sheets?

There is nothing like getting into bed, wrapping yourself in the covers, and laying your head on the pillow. But before you get too comfortable, you might like to know that your bed is not much different from a laboratory Petri dish.

The combination of sweat, saliva, dandruff, dead skin cells and even food particles make this environment optimal for a lots of germs like bacteria, fungi, viruses and even small insects.

Here are just a few of the things that are hidden under our sheets.


Our beds can host a vast variety of bacterial species.

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