Wednesday, 20 July 2011
How often should you....?
Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 initiated a deluge of e-mails and messages recently when someone mentioned that she only changes her family’s bedding once in two weeks. Thence began the great debate – how often should you change your sheets? There were all sorts of theories and opinions and lots of shock/horror at people whose regime was considered insanitary by others. One interviewee, said she was really annoyed when a fastidious friend (who showers night and morning) arrived in her kitchen after her one-night visit, bearing her sheets for the wash. (The hostess had planned to make them last one more time). I suddenly remembered when I was teaching a biology practical class – about 35 years ago – and being awed by our lab assistant, who confided during tea-break that she washes her family’s towels every day. I thought everyone did them once a week? But then again, that was in the time of Jackie Kennedy. It’s funny what things stick in your mind. I wish more important things had the same effect. It just goes to show how deeply our mother’s brainwashed us concerning rules on the home front By the way, I couldn't hang my sheets like this: they would have to be stretched out straight. Do Americans hang out the sheets? From watching too many sitcoms, we think that you all eat pizza and send everything to the laundry.