It’s universal, we all do it, mostly because we have to. We’re talking about our bed sheets, particularly how often we should wash them. And what, pray, should we do about white sheets (if you're brave enough to have them)?
It’s not a hot topic, but washing your sheets in a regular fashion is something most of us have in common, even though we are least likely to talk about it. We know what happens when we don’t wash our sheets. They become mysteriously stained, discoloured, or plain musty if they are not cleaned frequently enough. We thought we’d use some of our blog space to provide some guidelines on how often to wash your bed sheets.
We'll also share some tips on how to properly wash your sheets and what to avoid.
How Often to Wash Your Sheets
How often you wash your sheets depends on a few factors. If you sweat a lot at night or have pets that sleep in your bed, you'll need to wash your sheets more frequently than someone who doesn't have those factors. In general, though, you should aim to wash your sheets every 1-2 weeks.
Here’s a few assessment metrics to check optimum washing intervals.
- Have pets that are allowed on your bed?
- Eat and drink in bed?
- Forget to remove makeup to bed on some nights?
- Are you or your partner sweaty sleepers?
- Live in a house that’s not insulated from outside air?
- Is your bedding material more likely to catch dust? (A good example is heavy woven sheets)
For example, if all of the above applies to you, you might have to wash your sheets every few days but no more than seven days. Some people with no pets and very insulated houses can go up to two weeks without a change.
When it comes to white sheets, we need a bit more care because stains need to be addressed as soon as possible and they always require a solo wash in the machine to reduce chances of colour bleed.
In general, use cold water to wash your white sheets. If you put them in the washing machine, make sure it’s on a gentle or delicate cycle (especially for TENCEL™ sheets). Handwashing is a great alternative too. If you have heavy woven sheets, you can afford to run hot water with a heavier detergent on them, but if you do that too often, they will get stiff over time.You should also avoid using fabric softener, as this can make your sheets less absorbent. Finally, make sure to dry your sheets completely before putting them back on your bed. Wondering why? Well, damp sheets can encourage the growth of mould or mildew.
Things to Avoid
When washing your white TENCEL™ sheets, there are a few things you'll want to avoid. Never soak or leave your TENCEL™ sheets wet in the machine for too long because it breaks down the fibre (and therefore the lifespan) of your sheets. Never use bleach - this can damage the fabric of your sheets and make them more likely to yellow over time. The other important no-no is over-drying your sheets (TENCEL™ or not) - this can cause them to become brittle and more likely to tear. Finally, avoid ironing your sheets - the heat from the iron can damage the fibres and make them less soft. Satin and TENCEL™ sheets need more care and gentler washing when compared to pure cotton or linen, but the retention in superior softness will always be worth it.
Why is it Important?
Apart from keeping your bed good looking and fresh, washing your bed sheets regularly is important for a few reasons. First, it helps remove sweat, skin cells, and other bodily fluids that can lead to bacteria growth. Second, it gets rid of dirt, dust mites, and other allergens that can cause respiratory problems or skin irritation. It helps extend the life of your sheets by preventing them from becoming stained or discoloured. Don’t forget that coming home to snuggle in fresh, clean sheets lets you let go of stress easier and fall off to sleep faster. We all know the most important activity for overall well being is good sleep.
So there you have it! Now you know how often you should wash your white sheets and some tips on how to properly care for them. Washing your bed sheets regularly is important for maintaining hygiene and preventing allergies or skin irritations. It doesn’t have to be boring, try to have fun while you assess your personal circumstances and type of bedding you sleep on. It’ll be easier to decide your optimum washing frequency once you’ve considered those factors.. Do you have any special tricks or tips on washing your sheets? We’d love to know in the comments. Don’t forget to check out our wide range of Heavenluxe bedding made out of 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell and see how our ultra soft sheets can seriously upgrade your sleep experience. Happy washing!