Washing bed sheets seems pretty straightforward, as far as laundry goes. Unfortunately, many people are washing their beds by mistake – and, increasing the confusion, many of the rules of the laundry we grew up with have changed along the way.
To clean things up, and get some guidelines, we talked to laundry and bed experts about the right way to wash sheets, duets and comforters, each of which asks the answer to the question: How often do we wash the sheets?
“For all sheets, we recommend washing in a cold or cool cycle,” said Katie Alex, director of design and product development at Brooklyn. Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications at the American Cleaning Institute, echoed those guidelines, saying, “Now most laundry can be done in cold water. That should be the default.” , “Because washing with cold water reduces cleanliness, as well as fades.
Tide Pods Coldwater Clean ($ 21.49, originally 24.99; amazon.com)
Tidal pods clean in cold water
Alex says people should own at least two sets of sheets to increase longevity. It is also wise to set multiple sheets during the day when you do not have time to wash the sheets and leave them in bed or more importantly, if someone dusts the sheets and changes the bed sheets instantly. Required
Brooklyn Classic Core Sheet Set ($ 126.65, Originally 149; brooklinen.com)
Brooklyn Classic Core Sheet Set
Both Alex and Sansoni recommend separating the sheets into light and dark loads, although modern technology has made this rule less perfect than before. Since cold water is now ideal for washing, it is less important to separate textiles by color than by type of fabric. If you prefer to wash dark and light sheets together, and dye transfer is a concern, use the in-wash color catcher to capture any loose color before staining light colored items.
Scream for Laundry Colorful Catcher Sheets, (4.22; amazon.com)
Scream color catcher sheets for laundry
However, Sansoni notes that if all of your sheet sets are dark in color, you can “consider a detergent for darker fabrics intended to reduce fading.”
Woolite Darks Liquid Laundry Detergent ($ 14.39, originally 16.29; amazon.com)
Ulite Dark’s Liquid Laundry Detergent
When it comes to scars, you should pre-treat your small scars as they appear and use a laundry booster if the whole scar is a problem. Sweat protein stains, which are common on sheets, are best treated with enzymatic stain remover like jute, while shout is best for food and drink stains like chocolate or coffee.
Jout Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stein Remover ($ 7; amazon.com)
Jout Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stein Remover
Laundry Stein Remover, 2-Pack (16.90; amazon.com)
Laundry Stain Remover, 2-Pack Scream
- Wash white sheets separately from dark or very brightly colored sheets.
- Predict stains, or use an in-wash laundry booster to treat all fumes.
- Wash the sheet in cold water, by default.
- Use the “normal” cycle (also known as “regular” or “permanent press”).
- Do not overfill the washing machine; The sheets need room in the washer drum so that water and detergent fibers can penetrate perfectly.
The biggest change in the way we do laundry is the use of cold water as the default for all washing. In general, people have been taught to use hot or warm water for whites and lights, especially for things like sheets and towels. But thanks to advances in both washing machine technology and detergent formulations, hot water is not required in most laundering situations.
Jessica Jinnah, a senior scientist at Procter & Gamble, explains why you should consider switching to cold water when doing laundry. “Going to the cold water wash is beneficial not only for your clothes and wallet, but also for the environment,” he said. “Up to 0% of the energy used during the laundry process goes towards heating or washing water for heating cycles.”
Moving away from reliance on hot water washing will also extend the life of your sheets and bedding. “Washing in hot water can be harmful for clothes, sheets, towels, etc., as it can cause stains and shrinkage,” Jinnah said.
Gina notes that all tidal detergents are made with cold water cleaning chemicals, but she especially recommends the brand’s hygienic clean detergents because they contain enzymes and surfactants that are specifically designed for superior cleaning in cold water.
Tide Hygienic Clean Heavy 10x Duty Power Pods ($ 17.03, Originally 20.99; amazon.com)
Tidal Healthy Clean Heavy 10x Duty Power Pods
Sansoni agrees that cold water should be the default but mentions that there will come a time when hot or warm water will be asked to be used. “If someone sleeping in that bed is sick, you can probably wash them in warm water and use a laundry sanitizer,” he says. “If you have asthma or allergies, hot water can help kill dust mites (a common trigger).”
Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive (9.97, originally 10.99; amazon.com)
Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive
- Use cold water as default for all laundry.
- Use warm or hot water in some limited situations, such as when a family member is ill.
Both Alex and Sansoni suggest line-drying as the ideal way to dry sheets. “If it’s a beautiful day, drying in a line outside of direct sunlight is a good option,” Sansoni says.
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Honey-can-do t-post outdoor line
If outdoor line-drying is not an option for you, but your laundry room or other place in the house allows for it, you may want to consider indoor line-drying. “For all sheets, we recommend line-drying to preserve the original fiber, color and elasticity,” says Alex.
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Yameaer Retractable Clothesline
If machine-drying sheets are best suited to your laundering needs, Alex and Sansoni say choosing a low-heat and tumble setting is the best choice. Sansoni added that using the moisture sensor feature of the dryer, if your machine has a feature, is a good way to avoid extra sheets, which can fade, shrink and weaken the fiber.
And, to avoid wrinkles, it is best to remove the sheets from the dryer as soon as possible.
- The line is dry
- Remove the sheet from the dryer immediately to avoid wrinkles.
Most comforters and duvets can be machine-washed, although Sansoni reminds us to “read the tag, if still attached, and follow those instructions,” because bedding materials and weaving can vary greatly.
First remove any stains, then do a comfortable or duvet machine-wash using a gentle cycle. Common Mistakes People Make When Doing Laundry: Sansoni Warns: Excess Detergenting. “Read the detergent label to use the right amount, as too much residue can be left behind.”
If your home washer drum isn’t big enough to fit a duvet, Alex recommends spot treatment; Filling it into a washer that is too small can damage the construction of a comfort buffalo box.
“We recommend taking care of regular fluffing for your comfort,” Alex said, and clean the spot with mild soap, such as Ulite. ”
Woolite Delicate Care Liquid Laundry Detergent (13.99; amazon.com)
Woolite Delicate Care Liquid Laundry Detergent
When a comforter or duvet needs deep cleaning, Alex says, you can take it to a dry cleaner. Another good option when more needed than a comforter or duvet spot treatment is to use a local laundromat, which will have a larger size machine that is large enough to hold plenty of bedding.
You may be surprised to know that it can also be cleaned with a comforter or duvet dryer – Alex suggests a comforter “to fluff and freshen up using a dryer as there is no heat”. “Regular fluffing helps keep comforters high and smooth,” she says.
- Spot treatment spots on duvets using mild detergents like woolite.
- When a deep cleaning is needed, wash a comforter in a large sized washer or send it for dry cleaning.
- A comforter or duvet can be refreshed by placing it in the dryer on a heatless setting.
When it comes to drying a comforter or duvet, Sansoni recommends using a dryer in a low setting and stopping the drying cycle periodically so that any glitches in the filling break. Using a dryer ball will help to fluff the duvet and even ensure the distribution of the stuffing.
Whitmore Dryer Balls Blue (7.73; amazon.com)
Whitmor dryer ball blue
Make sure the duet is completely dry before placing it away or behind the bed.
- Dry the comforter or duvet over low heat.
- Use dryer balls to fluff the stuffing and even ensure delivery.
- Make sure the comfort is completely dry.
Everyone wants an answer to this question – how often should people wash their sheets?
“Every 1-2 weeks,” Sansoni said, “the weekly is even better, especially if you’re allergic to dust mites or you probably sweat more during the summer.”
Alex agrees. “We recommend washing your sheets every two weeks and alternating between two different sets to increase longevity. If you sweat a lot during your sleep, washing more often will help keep your sheets fresh.
There are a few other things to consider when deciding how often to wash your sheets:
- Do you sleep at home every night? Frequent travelers do not often have to change sheets.
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- Do you take a bath before going to bed at night? Do you sleep naked Are you a heavy sweater? Body dust is the main thing that makes a bed sheet dirty, so those who sleep naked or suffer from night sweats take a bath before bed, sleep in pajamas or want to wash more often than cooler slippers.
- Do you sleep alone or with a partner, baby or pet? Two (or more) people in a bed means dirty sheets that will need to be washed more frequently.
- Wash the sheets every 1-2 weeks.
- Wash the sheets more frequently, depending on factors such as sweating or illness.