How Often to Wash Bedsheets If Your Dog Sleeps With You

Dogs are great pets that can help people in so many different ways. Sometimes, they want to be with you at every moment of the day and night, so they sleep in their owner’s bed with them. However, how often should you wash your bedsheets if your dog sleeps in your bed with you?

If a dog shares a bed with its owner, it is best to wash bedsheets every 3 to 4 days to remove fur, bacteria, dirt, and fecal matter. If the dog sleeps on top of the covers, the sheets and blankets do not need to be washed as frequently. Instead, they will only need to be washed once every week.

Keep reading to find out why you should be washing your sheets so often if your dog sleeps with you, including critical information regarding pet-safe laundry detergent and other concerns you need to be aware of if your dog shares your bed!

How often to wash sheets if your dog sleeps in your bed

When it comes to washing your sheets, the first major influencing factor you will want to factor into your decision is if your dog sleeps on top of your sheets and covers or if your dog sleeps under the covers with you.

Another major factor is going to be the cleanliness of your pet. If your dog is very clean, you can wash your sheets less often; if they are dirty, you will want to wash them even more often.

If you sleep with your dog, your sheets will build up animal dander, dog hair (especially if your dog sheds a lot), and other dirt and particles that your dog brings in from outside.

I linked an article below that I wrote about top shedding dogs. If your dog is included in this list, you may want to increase its grooming to prevent even more dog hair from accumulating in your bed

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Also, if you have allergies, asthma, or any other respiratory issue that could be triggered by what your dogs leave in your bed, try washing your sheets more often to decrease symptoms.

If your dog sleeps on top of sheets

If your dog is sleeping on top of your sheets, you will have more time between when you need to wash your sheets. Since they are only sleeping on top of the sheets, you are still somewhat separated from many of the germs they bring into your home.

It is recommended that if your dog is sleeping with you on top of your sheets, you should wash them about once per week.

If you let your sheets go without cleaning for too long, you can get very sick because of the germs and bacteria that call your dog’s skin and body home.

For it to count as your dog sleeping on top of your sheets instead of under the covers, the entirety of the dog will need to be on top of the sheets. If any of the dogs is directly on the mattress or underneath the sheets, even a bit, you will want to wash your sheets multiple times every week to prevent you from getting sick.

If your dog sleeps under the covers/sheets

If your dog sleeps underneath the sheets or covers with you on your bed, you will want to ensure that you are washing your bedding much more often than if they slept on top of the covers.

It is recommended that you wash your sheets every 3 to 4 days if your dog sleeps under the covers of your bed.


Even if your dog is slightly only under your sheets, you are going to want to be washing them every 3 or 4 days. It would be best to wash your sheets this often to decrease your exposure to many dogs’ germs, bacteria, and parasites.

Suppose you have any allergies or adverse health reactions that start to occur once you start letting your dog sleep in the same bed as you. In that case, you will want to wash your sheets even more often and possibly make your dog sleep in its own bed to prevent any health problems.

If your dog gets wet, it can attract more dirt and increase bacterial growth, as well as creating that wet dog smell.

If your dog has gone out in the rain or had a bath and has a wet dog smell, the wet dog smell can transfer into your bed. I wrote a whole article about the wet dog smell and how to get rid of it, linked below. It will be helpful to prevent that wet dog smell from getting on your sheets.

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It can be so tempting to snuggle up to your furry friend at night, but please consider the health and cleanliness concerns. 

Health Concerns of dogs sleeping in bed with you

When it comes to health concerns that you may have with dogs sleeping in the same bed as you, there are two main concerns that many people have.

The first is detergents that you can use that don’t help keep your dog clean and smelling good and whether or not your detergent is pet-friendly.

The second concern many people have is that dogs can have germs, bacteria, and parasites that can affect humans and dogs. I will explain how to keep you and your dog healthy while your dog is sleeping in your bed with you.

Use detergents that are pet friendly

If you want to be able to sleep with your dog, then you will want to make sure that you are using pet-safe detergents to prevent harming your animal friend.

Chlorine, ammonia, isopropyl alcohol, formaldehyde, and phenols are dangerous if animals ingest them.

Even if pets don’t ingest these chemicals, they can suffer burns to the skin and eye damage.

Suppose you want a pet-safe and friendly detergent that still manages to give your sheets and clothes a clean scent. In that case, your best option is Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent (Amazon link)Opens in a new tab..

This detergent is nice because it is made from plant-based ingredients that are less toxic to pets, removes tough stains, and is available in unscented and scented formulas at most grocery and convenience stores.

However, many other pet-friendly detergents will also work well.

LaundraPet Premium Laundry Detergent (Amazon link)Opens in a new tab. also helps to reduce urine smell and help with pet odours! Great for washing the dog bed or any blankets your dog may lay on.

Sanitation issues from your dog sleeping in your bed

When it comes to dogs, they can be covered in a variety of unseen things like:

  • Fleas
  • Mites
  • Insects including Ticks
  • Pollen
  • Fecal Matter
  • Other allergy-inducing factors

All of these are problems you will want to avoid sleeping with, as the fleas, mites, and insects can move from your dog and onto you. Exposure to these issues will cause discomfort and inconvenience throughout your daily life.

Other problems, like pollen or allergy activators, can be annoying for those with allergies. If you are suffering from allergy symptoms while trying to sleep at night, you can ask your doctor if you can take allergy medication.

And the last problem, fecal matter, is extremely unpleasant, and who wants to worry about rolling into their dog’s fecal material while trying to sleep?

You may not even see the fecal matter, but that doesn’t mean it is not there. It can transfer quickly from your dog to your sheets and pillows.

Fecal matter will also make your bed smell, which is unpleasant. Most dogs are pretty good at cleaning themselves up, but if you are worried about your sheets smelling like fecal matter because of your dog, wipe your dogs behind with baby wipes.

Or you could make a nice bed for them off your bed, or teach them not to go up on the bed from a young age. We did this with our Siberian Huskies. They were not allowed up on any furniture, bed and couch included.

I hope you find this information useful,

Holly 🙂


Hi! My name is Holly. I am currently the fur mom to my beautiful three ragdoll cats, and I have owned multiple dogs over the years, including Siberian Huskies! To say the least I am experienced with all aspects of pet hair!

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