How To Wash Sheets For Lasting Comfort

How To Wash Sheets For Lasting Comfort

We can all relate to that cosy feeling of slipping into fresh, clean sheets at the end of a long day. But did you know that washing your sheets properly not only ensures a good night's sleep but also prolongs the life of your bedding? In partnership with eco-friendly cleaning tool pioneers, Seep, we've created a step-by-step guide that walks you through everything you need to know about washing your sheets to keep them fresh, clean, and comfortable.

How To Wash Sheets

1. Sorting Your Sheets:

Before you dive into the washing process, it's important to sort your sheets properly. Sort your sheets by colour and fabric type to prevent colours from bleeding and fabrics from wearing unevenly. Separate whites, light colours, and darks to avoid any mishaps during the washing cycle.

2. Pre-Treating Stains: 

If you notice any stains on your sheets, it's best to pre-treat them before tossing them in the wash. Apply a small amount of stain remover or detergent directly like Ethique stain remover bar to the stained area and gently rub it in using a bamboo cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes to penetrate the fabric before laundering as usual.

3. Choosing the Right Detergent:

Selecting the right detergent is key to ensuring your sheets come out clean and fresh. Opt for a mild detergent that is suitable for your sheets' fabric and colour like 100% naturally derived and refillable laundry liquid by Bower Collective. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as these whiteners tend to damage the fibres and reduce the lifespan of your bedding, plus pose a threat to our waterways and marine life. Try looking out for brands that share our B Corp credentials to easily identify planet-friendly options, both Smol & Ecover are stocked on most supermarket shelves. 

4. Setting the Washing Machine:

When it comes to washing your sheets, it's essential to use the appropriate settings on your washing machine. Contrary to popular belief, unless your sheets are heavily soiled and need to be washed thoroughly to remove stains or bad odours, they can be washed at 30°C. You can of course wash your sheets in warm water to effectively remove dirt, sweat, and oils while preserving the integrity of the fabric. Use a gentle cycle to prevent excessive agitation and friction with other items in the wash, especially for lighter fabrics like silk, organic linen or hemp bed linen. 

5. Drying Your Sheets:

After washing, it's time to dry your sheets properly. If possible, hang your sheets outside to air dry in the sunlight, which can help eliminate bacteria and give them a fresh scent. If using a dryer, tumble dry on a low heat setting to prevent shrinking and avoid over-drying, which can cause damage to the fabric. Using nature's resources helps save energy (and bills), and line-drying often rids the need for ironing!

6. Folding and Storage:

Once your sheets are clean and dry, it's important to fold them neatly to prevent creases. Store your sheets in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain their freshness, as well as colour in the case of dyed sheets. Consider rotating your sheets regularly to ensure even wear and tear. If you are lacking space to store your sheets, having a bed base with storage can provide the perfect hiding place.

You're now equipped with all the tips and tricks on how to wash sheets! By following these simple steps, you can keep your bed linen fresh for many nights to come.