It’s pretty easy to know when you need to do the weekly laundry (like when you run out of underwear) but washing the bedsheets is easy to forget. Then one day you’re making the bed and you can’t remember the last time you changed them. Oops.
Considering you spend a third of your life sleeping (crazy, right?), it’s important to not neglect them.
A WHAT in the sheets?
You know about that sneaky sock and the food crumbs from a late night snack. But you might not know about these other things lurking between your sheets:
· Dead skin cells: Gross but a very real thing. Your body sheds around a million skin cells a day. Other than accumulating in your bed (ewww!) they also attract dust mites.
· Oils: Your body naturally secrets oils during your sleep which end up on sheets
· Sweat: Ever seen those yucky stains on pillows or mattresses? Yea, you know the ones.
· Bodily fluid: saliva, blood, and other bodily fluids. Your bedsheets come into contact with it all.
That’s…a lot of stuff. To make sure your beloved bed remains fresh and clean, it’s best to wash sheets every week. If you can’t swing that, wash them every other week.
There are a few key ways to thoroughly clean sheets and make sure there’s nothing lurking within the fibers.
· Wash sheets on a hot water setting to kill germs and bacteria
· Always wash sheets and bedding separately from other clothing
· To brighten white sheets, add a quarter cup of lemon juice to the wash
· When drying, use a medium or low heat setting. By this time, sheets have been cleaned thoroughly; a hot dry setting can wear down the fibers of the sheets too quickly.
· When washing comforters or bedspreads, test a small corner of the blanket in detergent beforehand. If it bleeds, take it to your local dry cleaner or clothing care professional instead.
Conquer the Crud
Here a few common bedding stains and the best way to get rid of them for good:
The Cure: You can use products like OxiClean or Borax but we prefer a more natural solution. Soak sheets in a bowl filled with 2 cups of vinegar and warm water then treat the stained areas with a paste made of ½ cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Let sheets sit for 20 minutes before washing.
Bedwetting + Pet Accidents
The Cure: Treat stains with specialized products then soak in diluted vinegar before washing in cold water. In the wash, add ½ cup of baking soda in with the detergent and stop the machine mid-wash to allow the sheets to soak for up to an hour.
The Cure: Run the stained area under cold water as soon as possible. Afterwards, soak in hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Lightly dab area and repeat the process as needed. Wash in cold water on a normal cycle.