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Step-by-Step Guide to Washing + Drying Bed Sheets

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Are you constantly tossing and turning throughout the night, trying to sleep? When’s the last time you washed your bed sheets? Perhaps your lack of sleep is a result of dirty sheets. An average person spends around 60+ hours sleeping in their bed weekly. During the time you're counting sheep in your dreams, your bed sheets accumulate dead skin cells, body sweat, oils, and dirt. Believe it or not, sliding into fresh bed sheets at the end of the day provides a whole different level of comfort. Therefore, grab your handy laundry detergent and get to know the right way to wash your bed sheets for a better night's sleep.

 

When is it Time to Change the Sheets?

There's no hard and fast rule to change your bed sheets at a specific time. To avoid health-related issues caused by the germs and dust mites living in your bed sheets, you should change and wash them once a week. But again, it varies from person to person depending on sickness or whether or not they sweat excessively. If you think the sheets are still good to go for a few more days after a week has passed, you can extend that duration to two weeks. Don't delay this chore any longer than that, though. 

 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Washing and Drying Sheets

  • Reading the Care Label: As with all fabrics, you'll need to read the care label on your bed sheets before deciding how to wash them. Specific fabric materials such as those used in luxury bed sheets need to be handled with extra care compared to regular cotton or polyester sheets.
  • Supplies You’ll Need: For a routine bed sheet washing, the only supplies required is an effective laundry detergent. Choose one that is a mild eco-friendly product so that your bed sheets don't get worn out, as this can happen with a harsh laundry detergent. Go for a scented laundry detergent if you’d like a pleasant smell encompassing you the next time you spread the sheets and drift off to sleep. 
  • Water Temperature: The recommendable water temperature for washing bed sheets is hot, or at least warm. Since your bed sheets have germs and dust mite hiding between the fabric layers, the hot temperature will kill them in the washing machine alongside the washing process. However, if the bed sheets are dark-colored and you don't want the color to bleed or fade out, opt for cold water instead.
  • Washing Machine Settings: There's no rocket science in setting the washer cycle for bed sheets- the normal cycle works perfectly. Although, for bed sheets made of the delicate fabric, it's better to choose the gentle cycle. Whatever you do, don't wash the bed sheets on the heavy-duty cycle as this will only wear out the fabric.
  • Drying: As far as drying the bed sheets goes, high drying cycles are a no-go since they can wrinkle or shrink the material. In a machine dryer, the gentlest setting your dryer has should do for the sheets. The better option is to avoid the dryer and let the bed sheets air dry under the sun, which further kills any remaining germs and dust mites. 
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    Storing the Bed Sheets

    Storing moist bed sheets can become a site for mildew, and you don’t want to encounter that problem as well. Hence, ensure your bed sheets are fully dry before putting them away. Store them in a basket for freshly laundered bed sheets or a specific drawer in the house. The storage space should be dry and clean, that'll make them last longer.

     

    Final Verdict

    Bed sheets can go years provided you wash and dry them regularly without over washing them or using the wrong washer settings. It won't take long to get the hang of washing your bed sheets yourself, and once you do, you'll never want to sleep with sheets that haven't been changed or washed for weeks. 


     

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