Washing your sheets is one of those chores you’ll never enjoy, right? Fresh bedding is fun, but washing your old ones definitely isn’t.
It’s a task we have to do though, and the experts at Review have given a handy guide on what we should be doing and why – because sometimes we just need a little nudge in the right direction.
The biggest faux pas many of us commit is leaving our bedding on for more than a week, as they warn us that this causes us to “sleep surrounded by body oils, bacteria, dead cells from the skin and mites”.
That doesn’t sound like our idea of a good time.
Keeping your bed clean and hygienic can help thwart germs and allergens, and has even been found to help you sleep better, and better quality sleep is something we all need.
Here are the life-changing tips that will keep your bedding perfect and help you sleep better.
1) Always read the label carefully, as not all bedding is the same. Different fabrics will require different treatments, so be sure to always use the best specific method for best results.
2) Pre-treat stains before putting sheets in the wash
3) Follow the correct cycle and water temperature as indicated on the care labels. These can also be adjusted depending on how dirty the bedding is. Washing in cold water causes less wear and keeps them in better condition, but higher temperatures do a better job of deep cleaning and getting rid of body oils when needed.
4) Do not overload the washing machine as linens need room to move around in the drum to allow them to clean themselves
5) Avoid using dryer sheets as they can make fabrics less absorbent. Instead, use dryer balls, which “bounce back into the drum and prevent the load from twisting and bunching”, which yields better results.
6) When possible, hang your sheets on an outdoor clothesline as this makes bedding “smell incredibly fresh and lets sunlight sanitize it”
7) Ironing sheets once in a while can help kill any germs or dust mites that may have gone through the wash cycle
As for your comforter, it doesn’t need to be washed as often as your sheets, but it’s still a good idea to clean it once in a while.
It used to be recommended that you wash your comforter every few months, or at least twice a year, to stop a dust mite infestation.
Pillows should be washed at the same time, and the mattress itself should be cleaned once a year.
Do you have your own cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments.