We’re all aware of the significance of maintaining personal cleanliness and hygiene, but how often do you wash your bedding? Not only does this help keep your bedroom (and therefore, the rest of your house) cleaner, but it also helps keep allergens and dust mites away.
So if you want to stay comfortable while you sleep, ensure you’re following the right routine for washing your sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Types of Fabric
Let’s take a short overview of your bedding’s materials before we get into the nitty-gritty of the cleaning process. Generally, most sheets are made from cotton or linen; blankets come in many materials such as wool, fleece, or down; and pillows can be made from feathers or synthetic material like foam. All these fabrics have their own particular needs when it comes to cleaning them properly.
Washing Your Sheets
Cotton, bamboo bedsheets, and linen sheets should be washed every two weeks at a minimum (or more often if you have allergies). Use warm water with a mild detergent – no bleach – and make sure to check any labels before you start. When drying them in the dryer, use low heat settings to avoid shrinkage.
For Delicate Blankets
As for blankets made from delicate materials such as wool or down, those should be taken to the dry cleaner instead of washed at home. However, if you do choose to wash them yourself (which is generally not recommended), use cold water on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent – no bleach – and air-dry it afterward instead of using the dryer machine. You should also try handwashing any embroidered blankets with cold water and mild detergent instead of machine-washing them since that could damage the threading over time.
Finally, there are pillows: Machine washing feather pillows slowly with cold water, and a mild detergent is also an option. However, an additional rinse cycle may be necessary to remove any remaining soap residue. Make sure both pillows are completely dried before using them again to avoid molding or discoloration. For more details about how to wash a body pillow read this blog.
Drying & Ironing
Once the washing process is complete, hang dry all items. If they must be put in the dryer due to lack of space or time constraints, then set it on low heat or no heat settings only – high heat can damage some materials and ruin their shape. For pillowcases and sheets, you can add fabric softener and mild laundry detergent during the wash cycle; this will give them an extra soft feel after drying out completely in the sun or machine dryer (if necessary). Once everything has been washed and dried thoroughly, lightly iron all items before putting them away; this will help keep them looking freshly pressed without putting too much effort into it!
Keeping your bedding clean is essential for maintaining good hygiene levels in your room and throughout your house. It’s important to remember that different fabrics have different needs for cleaning: some need regular washing in warm water while others require more delicate care, such as handwashing or dry cleaning, depending on their material type. Ensure all items are completely dried out after washing to avoid molding or discoloration over time! These simple steps will go far in keeping yourself and your bedding comfortable while sleeping soundly through the night!