You can now buy disposable sheets

Yep, really

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Yep, really

We all love our beds, and it seems like such a task to have to wash your sheets that some of us rarely bother. But laborious laundry might be a thing of the past thanks to the invention of disposable sheets.

Boston-based start-up Beantown Bedding have created ‘laundry-free linens’ – sheets designed to be thrown away after just a few weeks of use.

Completely eco-friendly, the sheets are biodegradable and can be delivered as part of a subscription service so that you automatically get fresh sheets every few weeks. And although they were originally designed for students, they also come in double and king sizes so that us lazy, regular people can use them too.

Worried they might not feel great? Don’t be. The sheets are made of Tencel – a fibre created from organic compounds found in eucalyptus – which is soft, breathable and far less prone to wrinkles than cotton apparently.

Anything that avoids up having to do the dreaded linen wash sounds great to us, because apparently this is a chore you really shouldn’t be dodging.

Apparently, if you're not washing your sheets often enough, you're exposing yourself to some pretty damaging health risks. These are all of the disgusting things that can happen to you if you don't wash your bed sheets regularly enough...

According to laundry expert, Mary Marlowe Leverette, when you don't wash your sheets enough loads of REALLY unpleasant body substances start to build up. You know, sweat, urine, dirt, dead skin cells, sexual fluids and the like. Yuck.

Speaking to ATTN, she said that if bed sheets aren't washed regularly enough and you have an open wound, you can get a whole host of disgusting infections.

'Athlete's foot and other fungi can be transferred from fabrics. Infrequent cleaning of sheets and pillowcases allows the fluids to seep into the pillows and mattresses, and those are MUCH more difficult to clean than tossing the sheets into the washer' Mary says.

What's more, the build up of dead skin cells (gross) that you shed when you sleep attracts dust mites, which can cause breathing problems - especially if you suffer from asthma.

So, the longer you leave between washing your sheets, the harder it is to remove all of the deeply engrained grime from your bed. And that is NOT ideal. The solution? Put your sheets in for a hot wash once a week to remove all of those icky substances.

Really, the amount of effort that goes into washing your bed linen doesn't seem that much when you think about the vile consequences of not doing it. Skipping your weekly wash just isn't worth it, if you ask us.

Brb, we're off to do our laundry, stat.

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