Launder Often, But Not Too Much
Any sheets, pillowcases and blankets that directly touch your skin should be washed weekly. However, coverlets and other textiles that do not come into frequent contact with the epidermis can be laundered every few weeks, once a month at most. This will help them stay in good condition for many years. Regular trips in the washing machine, while important, wear out and discolour textiles.
Here’s a tip: you can space out the weekly wash to every two weeks if you prefer to shower at night before going to bed. This longer interval will keep your sheets looking beautiful longer.
Select the Right Cycle and Choose the Right Detergent
This may seem counterintuitive, but pouring too much detergent into the washing machine drum can damage your sheets. Soap may leave a residue, which can build up and stiffen the fabric (and nobody wants scratchy sheets!) as well as lead to an unpleasant musty smell. Use a small quantity of laundry detergent instead (preferably an ecofriendly, and therefore textile-friendly, formulation) and select a cold-water wash cycle or your washer’s recommended bedding cycle.
The best thing to do when faced with stubborn stains is to follow the tag’s instruction. Treat stains before you put the sheets in the washing machine. This is even more essential prior to transferring them to the dryer as the heat may set the stains in permanently.
Freshen With Essential Oils
Keep your sheets feeling fresh longer by spritzing them with essential oils between washes. The most popular essential oil for the bedroom remains lavender because of its calming properties. Alternatives you might equally like include eucalyptus, cedar, and citrus. Commercial fabric fresheners are another option. Be mindful, however, that some of them are very strongly scented and could give sleepers a headache.