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Linen in sin

Astragal was shocked and upset to discover that he is among the 30 per cent of Brits ‘hiding under filthy sheets’, according to washing machine manufacturer Electra. Although Astragal generally beds down under the table at the Easton or on that cosy bench just outside the RIBA (with a few canapés for the midnight munchies), occasionally he does make it home to his own pit. And apparently, like a third of the population, he is not washing his bed sheets frequently enough to kill off any ‘unwanted occupants’. And although Astragal knows a thing or two about ‘unwanted occupants’, apparently this is a reference to bed bugs and bacteria. Electra states that sheets should be washed at least once a week at 60ºC. The washing-machine manufacturer also helpfully points out that those in the South West are the cleanest, with 83 per cent washing their bed linen at least once a week, while those in the East Midlands are the filthiest, with 41 per cent not changing their sheets every week. Astragal has vowed to get on better terms with the laundrette.

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