WebMD found that over 70% of people sleep better on clean sheets. But how often should we wash our sheets? Can you wash them too much? Washing them too often can break down the fabric and overall shorten their lifespans. According to Good Housekeeping, your sheets and duvet covers should be washed every 1-2 weeks, but pillows and comforters about 2-3 times a year. But pillow protectors and duvet covers are ideal for extending the life of your bedding and keeping it cleaner, longer. So let’s get started!
*Always check the fabric care label on your bedding for any specific washing instructions.
Sheets & Duvet Covers
- Toss your bedding into the washer with a gentle detergent—and even a mineral-based fabric softener for a light, calming scent—and wash with warm water on a gentle cycle.
- Dry on low heat to ensure that your dryer doesn’t scorch or shrink the fabric, or if the weather is nice enough, line dry your linens!
- Always remove your sheets immediately after the cycle ends and fold or make your bed to eliminate wrinkles.
Bonus: Trouble getting your duvet back onto the comforter? See here for a step-by-step guide on how to stuff a duvet in just 60 seconds!
Pillows & Comforters
- Wash your pillows or comforter on a gentle cycle and in hot water in order to kill any dust mites without the need for harsh chemicals like bleach. Bonus: If machine washing, always wash your pillows in pairs to keep your machine balanced.
- Use a mild detergent and an Oxi Booster Pod to fight yellowing. You can even add a fabric softener pod to keep your bedding feeling luxurious.
- Dry on low heat or lay flat in a cool, dry area. Toss a wool dryer ball into the dryer to keep stuffing from clumping in your pillows or comforters!