It’s a well-established fact that women in general have better standards of hygiene than most men, but new research suggests some grubbier than expected male habits.

The average single male will change his bed sheets only four times a year. For unattached females the figure is roughly 26 times a year.

Those with the best habits for changing sheets are couples, but in general it’s the female partner who ends up changing the sheets once every 2 to 3 weeks.


The grubbiest group of all are males aged 18-25. More than half of people surveyed from this group said that they changed their sheets every three months or less.

Jed MacEwan, managing director of Ergoflex UK, was surprised at such unhygienic results. Dirty bed sheets creates the perfect environment for dust mites which can cause allergic reactions, rhinitis, asthma, and other health problems.

While some individuals simply do not see the need to change the sheets, 17% of single men noted in the survey that a potential partner had commented on the conditions of their bed sheets and been put off by them.