How to wash sheets

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How to wash sheets
How to wash sheets

Keeping your sheets clean helps your body and mind. Sleep much better on clean sheets. Nothing beats a deep, refreshing sleep in a clean bed. However, washing the sheets requires a certain amount of time and effort that could be devoted to something else. It is best to wash your sheets regularly at a time that suits you. Taking good care of your sheets will help you last longer.


Method 1 of 3: Washing the sheets

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Clean Sheets Step 1

Step 1. Wash your sheets once a week if possible

Try to wash your sheets once a week or at least once every two weeks. When determining how often to wash your sheets, consider your lifestyle, personal preference, and where you live.

  • If you shower and sleep in clean pajamas before bed, you may want to wash your sheets less often.
  • If you live in an area with limited water supplies, you may want to wash your sheets less often.
  • If you have a very active sex life, you should wash your sheets more often.
  • Try to wash your sheets more often if you sweat a lot at night.
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Clean Sheets Step 2

Step 2. When you wash new sheets for the first time, add baking soda and vinegar to the water

During production, sheets are treated with special substances that prevent them from softening. These substances bind the detergent, causing the sheets to become slightly stiff. To avoid this, add one cup (235 milliliters) of baking soda the first time you wash new sheets. During the rinse step, add one cup (235 ml) white vinegar. Use regular detergent for subsequent washings. After washing the new sheets like this, you can sleep on them.

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Clean Sheets Step 3

Step 3. Take the sheets out of bed and prepare to wash them

In order to wash the sheets that you have already used, they must be removed from the bed. When doing this, follow the instructions for washing this type of sheet. The sheets are labeled with instructions on how to wash them.

Try not to wash a large number of sheets at the same time. If you load a lot of sheets into the washing machine, they will not wash well. In addition, the motor will have to work with increased load

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Clean Sheets Step 4

Step 4. Wash sheets separately from other items

Only pillowcases can be washed with the sheets. Other bedding should be washed separately from sheets.

  • Do not wash sheets with towels. If you load sheets with towels into the washing machine, pellets will appear on the sheets. Rubbing against the towels will shorten the life of your sheets.
  • Do not wash sheets with items of a different color. Washing the sheets with colored clothing can cause the sheets to change color.
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Clean Sheets Step 5

Step 5. Measure out the amount of detergent according to the load

When washing sheets, it is better to observe the measure.

  • For a typical load, add 60 milliliters (1/4 cup) of liquid detergent.
  • If the sheets are heavily soiled, add 120 milliliters (1/2 cup) of liquid detergent.
  • Follow the directions on the packaging of the detergent.
  • Do not add too much detergent. If you want your sheets to last longer, be careful not to add too much detergent. Too much detergent will wear out the sheets quickly.
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Clean Sheets Step 6

Step 6. Select the correct washing mode

The appropriate wash cycle depends on how dirty the sheets are. Continuous washing on an intensive cycle will shorten the life of your sheets.

  • Select a wash cycle for bedding if your machine has this option. If there is no such option, set the normal mode or the mode for washing colored items.
  • Use lukewarm water for normal use. If the sheets are heavily soiled, you can run hot water to kill more microorganisms.
  • Do not wash sheets in hot water all the time. If you want your sheets to last longer, try to wash them less often in hot water, as this will accelerate their wear.
  • Choose a hot wash if you have recently had a cold infection or the sheets are heavily soiled.
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Clean Sheets Step 7

Step 7. Use supplements

Common additives can help you get rid of unpleasant odors, give your sheets a fresh scent and brighten them.

  • Add one cup (240 ml) vinegar to the rinse step. This will help you completely remove any detergent residue from your sheets.
  • Add 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice during the wash phase to freshen up the color of the sheets. Use lemon juice instead of chlorine bleach or other bleach. This will allow you to extend the life of the sheets slightly.

Method 2 of 3: Washing special sheets and removing stains

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Step 1. Wash silk and satin sheets

Silk is a delicate material, so special care must be taken when handling it. Use a special silk detergent. Use a gentle mode with cold water and do not wash silk sheets with items made from rougher fabrics.

  • Air dry your silk sheets. If you do have to use a tumble dryer, use a low temperature setting.
  • Satin sheets should be washed at 40 degrees Celsius. In the last step, you can use fabric softener to soften the sheets.
  • Don't use bleach. Frequent use of bleach will damage your sheets.
  • Air dry your sheets or tumble dry.
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Clean Sheets Step 9

Step 2. Wash your linen sheets

Linen is durable, but it requires a special approach. Linen sheets should be washed in colder water. Try to use natural detergents and add less than usual. For example, if you usually add half a glass of laundry detergent, use 3/4 of that amount for linen sheets. If the sheets are not cleaned properly, they can always be washed again.

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Clean Sheets Step 10

Step 3. Remove stubborn stains

If stains appear on the sheets, it is best to remove them immediately, without delay. Soak stains in cold water as soon as you find them. Once you've removed the stain, you can wash the entire sheet.

  • Remove stains from silk sheets. Use a product specifically formulated for silk.
  • Remove blood stains from the sheet. If your child gets scratched and then goes to bed, blood stains may appear on the sheets. Try to remove them immediately.
  • If the blood stains cannot be removed with cold water, try rubbing them with shampoo. Squeeze some shampoo onto the stain and scrub well with the brush. Rub the stain until it is almost completely gone. Then rinse the soiled area and then wash the sheet.
  • Remove greasy stains from the sheets. Soak your sheets before washing them. Place sheets in the washing machine, drizzle three times with dish soap, add 1/4 cup (60 ml) borax and 1/3 cup (80 ml) white vinegar. Wait 30 minutes for the sheets to be thoroughly soaked. Then wash the sheets in hot water.

Method 3 of 3: Drying the sheets and making the bed

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Step 1. Air dry the sheets

If it's sunny outside, hang the sheets on the clothesline on your balcony or yard. This way you will save energy.

  • Hang white sheets in the sun and colored sheets in the shade.
  • Pin the sheets with clothespins around the edges, not in the middle. This will protect them from wind damage.
  • For convenience, wear an apron with pockets that you can put clothespins in. You can also bring a bucket of clothespins with you.
  • You can also combine clothesline and tumble dryers. First dry the sheets on a clothesline, and then place them in the tumble dryer for just a couple of minutes. This way you save energy, and drying for a short time in the tumble dryer will keep your sheets soft.
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Clean Sheets Step 12

Step 2. Use a tumble dryer

If it is raining outside the window or you do not have a clothesline, you can use a tumble dryer. It will add extra softness to your sheets.

  • To dry the sheets evenly, place a tennis ball in a cotton sock in the tumble dryer.
  • Add lavender to the tumble dryer. The scent of lavender helps you fall asleep. In addition, lavender repels moths and has antibacterial properties. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of lavender oil. Shake the bottle to mix the oil with the water. Spray the solution onto a small piece of clean cloth and place it in the tumble dryer along with wet laundry. As a result, the lavender scent will spread to your sheets.
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Clean Sheets Step 13

Step 3. Set the correct drying mode

It is generally best to use medium or low temperature settings. This will extend the life of the sheets. You can also select the automatic option, in which the machine will signal you that the sheets are dry.

  • Set the Alert Mode to a higher humidity to keep your cotton sheets dry.
  • Do not use high temperature modes. High temperatures will shorten the life of your sheets.
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Clean Sheets Step 14

Step 4. Place the sheets on the bed immediately after removing them from the tumble dryer

If you place the sheets while they are still hot, they will stretch better. In addition, in this case, they will straighten out as if they were stroked, even if you did not do it.

Do not leave the sheets in the washer or dryer, otherwise they will wrinkle as the fabric is pressed into the drum during the drying process. Remove the sheets from the machine immediately after drying and place them on the bed

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Clean Sheets Step 15

Step 5. Lay down clean sheets

You will probably sleep better on fresh sheets. First, tuck the rubber bands at the corners of the sheet under the mattress. After that, spread the sheet and tuck the edges of the sheet under the mattress. Finally, place a blanket on top.

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Clean Sheets Step 16

Step 6. Store your sheets in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight

For more order, you can also fold each set of sheets into a matching pillowcase.

  • Store the bottom and top sheets in the same pillowcase. You can also store a second pillowcase with them.
  • Store sheets in a linen closet. If you have your own linen closet, store your sheets in it. This will free up your closet.
  • Store the sheets in the room where you use them. This will make it easier for you to find them, and they will always be at hand.


  • Do not throw the sheets on the floor, otherwise debris, spiders, fleas and the like may get on them.
  • If you like soft sheets, use softener; vinegar is best for this purpose.
  • Whisk and smooth the mattress before placing the sheets.
  • Wash your sheets once a week. Washing more often will waste energy and weaken the fabric of the sheets, making them easier to absorb odors and dirt.

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