Are Men Really That Unclean? Single Guys Only Wash Their Bed Sheets 4 Times A Year, Says Survey

on August 22, 2013 5:59 PM EDT

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Single men change their bed sheets four times a year, says a British survey. Above, a man who presumably is scared about how infrequently he changes his bed sheets. (Photo: Flickr: by-sa)

Single males between the ages of 18 and 25 change their bed sheets about four times a year, according to a new survey that should surprise no one who ever met a male in that age range.

The 2,000-person survey, conducted by British mattress seller Ergoflex UK, found that one fifth of respondents didn't change their sheets more often because they "didn't care." 17 percent of single male respondents said potential partners were "put off" by their unclean bed sheets, which apparently still wasn't enough to make them care. And most male respondents -- almost half -- admitted to only having one set of sheets.

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And how did the female respondents fare? Of those who claimed to change their sheets at least weekly, 62 percent were female. Women also owned an average of three sets of sheets.

But perhaps the most disturbing detail of the survey isn't the lack of personal hygiene of these infrequent sheet-changers, but the fact that they are inflicting dirtiness on their guests. Only 32 percent of respondents said they changed guest bed sheets after guests had stayed over, with two-thirds of respondents saying they didn't even change the sheets after "several guests" had slept in them.

"We were quite alarmed at the apparent lack of basic hygiene from some respondents," said Jed MacEwan, managing director of Ergoflex UK. "Unclean bed sheets contain the tens of thousands of dead skin cells that we shed every night, and by going months without cleaning them you're risking some distinctly unpleasant consequences every time you go to bed."

That's right: "distinctly unpleasant consequences."

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