How to Wash Bed Sheets: Cotton & Bamboo & More

Caring for your bed sheets goes beyond cleaning them and making sure they are neat. Bed sheets can play an important role in preserving the longevity of your mattresses, reducing pesky dust mites, and keeping you safe while sleeping at night. But if you're not washing them regularly or following instructions, then there is a high chance you are harming yourself more than anything else. To give these wonderful bed linens the love they deserve, it's best to keep reading on!

Care of Cotton Bed Sheets

Cotton is a natural fiber that's comfortable and breathable—making it one of the most popular bedding options. With this material in mind, how do you care for cotton bedsheets?

Washing

When washing your cotton bedsheets, be sure to use warm water and mild detergent for the removal of stains without bleach or fabric softeners. You may choose to either machine wash or hand-wash your cotton sheets; both methods are acceptable (though we recommend using a gentler cycle).

Drying

Cotton bed sheets should be dried on a low heat setting to minimize shrinking. When possible, dry outside, but be sure to set up in an area with little foot activity and keep items spread out so they don't wrinkle (particularly if it's humid). Also, avoid drying clothing adjacent to furniture such as beds or chairs, as moisture from damp goods can cause wooden surfaces to deform over time.

Storage

To keep your cotton bed sheets from becoming lumpy and to minimize further damage, preserve and fold them carefully. Use any extra pillowcases that came with your sheets to store them. This will prevent lumps and protect pillows from oils and body heat, which can cause discoloration.

Care of Bamboo Bed Sheets

These are the most long-lasting bed linens, lasting up to three times as long as cotton sheets. They do, however, need a bit more attention.

Washing

Bamboo sheets may be machine washed in cold water on a moderate cycle or hand washed in cool water with a light detergent. But how can you remove stains from bamboo sheets? To keep your bamboo sheets clean, wash them after every few uses and make sure they are totally dry before storing them. If you don't wash your bamboo sheets on a regular basis, they will gather mildew and begin to smell.

Drying

Dry your bamboo linens in the shade or inside, away from direct sunshine, as this can cause color loss over time. Line drying is not suggested since it shrinks bamboo sheets and causes early wearing out of clothes.

Storage

When keeping your bamboo sheets, avoid folding to avoid creases that are difficult to remove.

Simple Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Bedding

Your bedding is one of the most important things in your home – it's where you sleep, relax, and recharge. So it's important to keep it clean and comfortable. Here are some simple tips for cleaning and caring for your bed sheets:
  1. Change your sheets at least once a week.
  2. Avoid bleach if possible, as this can weaken fibers over time and cause them to lose elasticity.
  3. Take care when selecting detergents; avoid those with optical brighteners or scents that can irritate skin or lungs (especially sensitive ones).
  4. Put dark-colored linens on top of light-colored linens to help minimize stains and make both sets last longer.
  5. Follow care instructions on tags.
  6. If using an electric blanket or heated mattress pad, follow manufacturer instructions carefully and unplug from the outlet when not in use.

How do you wash sheets for the first time?

For starters, if you're starting with new sheets, it's always best to wash them before using them. This way, chemicals or residues that may be on the fabric are removed during the process. To clean your dirty laundry of washed clothes (sheets included), add said items to a washing machine with some mild detergent - this'll cause things to lather nicely and make laundering easier. Cotton and bamboo sheets should be cleaned on the gentle cycle; more delicate fabrics like silk need to go through either a hand-wash or even a delicate cycle instead of putting in with other tougher washes. Be sure not to use bleach or fabric softener because these can wear down your linens - just so long as they don't get too close!

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