How to wash sheets to keep them soft and long-lasting
Doing laundry is one of the difficult tasks to do when it includes washing sheets in it. Have you ever wondered how to wash sheets using hassle-free methods? Many of them are unaware of the fact that there are some simple tricks through which the durability of the beddings multiplies.
Our premium bed Linens are breathable, cool, airy, soft, pure cotton quality sheets. All our products are crafted by using premium, revolutionary colorfast dyes that are engineered for sustainability. Washing the sheets in the right way will in turn increase their shelf life. To keep the color intact, to not strip off the natural softness of the cotton fabric, and to prevent wrinkling even after prolonged usage, we suggest that you follow these simple steps while doing your laundry:
- 1. Wash at 140° F
While washing the sheets 140° temperature of the water leaves the sheets with lasting freshness and increases its shelf life. The cotton sheets dry out well if washed at a particular temperature. If you're allergic to dust mites, we recommend washing your bedsheets at least once a week. Wash them in water that is at least 140° degrees Fahrenheit to kill the dust mites.
Now, if you are sick with something contagious, the rules change. Sheets and other bedding need to be changed as soon as you feel better to prevent contracting the illness again. The temperature of the water will need to be between 140° degrees Fahrenheit to kill the germs, so select the sanitize option on your washer. If washing them at a high temperature is not an ideal option then usage of mild detergent with a moderate temperature can be the safe option for increasing the durability of the sheets.
- 2. Wash your sheets once a week
Weekly, most of us spend approximately 49 to 60+ hours sleeping in our beds. That is a lot of time to get the rest our bodies need to thrive, but it is also ample time to build up dirt, sweat, oil, and other gunk on our sheets and bedding.
Proper hygiene is important in all areas of life. Without regular cleaning, dirty sheets can contribute to allergies, skin breakouts, asthma, and more. For your health and sleep quality, it’s important to keep things clean. Most people should wash their sheets once per week. If you don’t sleep on your mattress every day, you may be able to stretch this to once every two weeks or so.
It also depends on how often you wash your sheets. Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week. If you have pets, and particularly if you let them sleep in your bed, a wash every 3-4 days is recommended. If you experience allergies or asthma, it may be worth it to try cleaning your bedding more frequently to see if your symptoms improve. It’s also recommended to wash sheets more often in the warm summer months, as you will likely get more sweat on your bedding. Likewise, if you have seasonal allergies in the spring or summer, washing sheets more often may help relieve symptoms.
- 3. Wash your sheets separately
Sheets and comforters need lots of room to get clean, so in order to get them thoroughly clean and sanitized wash them separately. Do not logjam too many sheets and clothes into each load. Also, never wrap sheets around the agitator, they will tear and wrinkle. The reason behind washing sheets separately is to prevent other items from getting tangled or balled up in them. If you do choose to wash other items with sheets, make sure they are lightweight and similar in color to avoid the sheets getting spoiled by the color bleed of other fabrics.
- 4. Tricks of using bleach while washing sheets.
You may be surprised to learn that using bleach to whiten your sheets actually has the opposite effect. Bleach contains chlorine, which chemically reacts with the proteins in our sweat and body oil, causing yellow spots to appear on the sheets. While using bleach for whitening your bedsheets, first, wash them with your regular laundry detergent. Washing eliminates traces of sweat and body oil. Once cleaned, add half a cup of bleach to the drum and run a regular wash cycle to whiten your sheets. Do not bleach your colored bedsheets.
- 5. Line dry to avoid wrinkles
Clean, fresh, 100% cotton sheets are the perfect end to any long day. But pure cotton sheets do tend to get wrinkles, especially when new. Keep in mind to untangle your sheets before placing them in the machine. Do not overload the machine. When they get squashed, the more they wrinkle! One sheet at a time would be best, a more practical option is one sheet set at a time.
When the sheets are out of the washer, use the line dry technique to dry the sheets as clothes and sheets smell much fresher. This is particularly important for those sensitive to perfumes and dyes used in detergents and dryer products, fresh air is less expensive than dryer sheets. Tossing and tumbling in a dryer can cause wear and strain on the fabric due to stress on seams and snags from buttons and zippers. Extremely high heat in the dryer can ruin some fabrics and cause irreversible damage.
Following these simple methods as the wash care for your sheets may increase their durability. The cotton sheets are highly sustainable if they are taken care of. Also, it is ideal to have multiple sheet sets so that you can often wash the bedsheets and change them, use them alternately.