How often should your bed sheets be washed?
To keep your sheets clean and fresh, you should wash them at least once per week. Sheets that are sweaty may need to be washed more frequently if you or your family members tend to sleep in sweat.
A step-by-step guide on how to wash your bed sheets
Step 1: Refer to the care label
Before washing your sheets if you are not going for any laundry delivery service, make sure you read the care label. You may need to use a particular wash or dry cycle depending on the fabric.
Step 2: Before washing, treat any stain.
Pre-wash stains that are visible or persistent should be treated with a stain remover safe for fabric. Select the best top load washers come with a Pretreat station. This includes a built-in faucet, pretreat brush, and a wash cycle that allows you to soak, scrub, and wash everything in one place.
Step 3: Add detergent to the sheets
Be sure to wash sheets separately from any other items. Towels can cause sheets to pill and lint buildup. To avoid tangling and bunching, make sure you evenly distribute your sheets in the washer. To balance top load washers, place the sheets loosely around your agitator or impeller. Do not wash more than one sheet at a time to ensure the best cleaning.
If your washer comes with a detergent dispenser, such as the Load & Go Dispenser, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Add detergent to the load just like you would for a normal load. If your washer does not have a dispenser, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and add detergent as you would for a normal load. You can also use laundry detergent which has a pre-measured pour cap.
Step 4: Select the correct wash cycle and settings
Bedding sheets should be washed with the appropriate temperature water for the fabric. For cotton, linen, and polyester sheets, you can use a regular or normal cycle if there isn’t one. Some fabrics, such as silk, satin, or bamboo might require a gentler or more delicate cycle.
Step 5: Dry your sheets in the dryer/liner
Tumble drying sheets is possible for most sheets on low heat. Fabric damage can be caused by drying sheets too long or at high temperatures. To aid in even drying, you can add wool or rubber dryer balls to your load.
Line dry delicate fabrics like silk and satin on a clothesline. If you don’t have the option of drying your sheets on a clothesline, you can dry them in the dryer using a no heat or air dry setting.
Step 6: Fold and store your sheets correctly
To keep sheet sets clean and fresh, fold and stack them neatly.
Cleaning tip – How to keep white sheets bright
White sheets can become yellowed or dingy from body oils, sweat, and other factors. White cotton sheets can be brightened by using half a cup bleach. The bleach can be added to the automatic bleach dispenser, or to the load during final rinse (approximately 5 minutes).