With fall turning into winter, we’re spending more and more of our days inside. Whether you choose to curl up in bed with a book or a movie, staying home feels like a great option as the days get shorter and colder. Make your bed as inviting as possible with these laundry tips that are guaranteed to keep your bamboo sheets feeling clean and fresh.
Do I have to hand wash bamboo sheets?
No. Bamboo sheets are machine washable and dryable like most other sheets. However, you should always wash your sheets in a separate load and never with towels. Towels are known to spread lint and the added friction can cause your sheets to start pilling. To get the most use out of your sheets, wash and dry on gentle cycles.
Should I use hot or cold water?
Always wash bamboo sheets in COLD water. Hot water can cause the sheets to shrink and damage the bamboo fiber structure. Also, cold water helps save energy which means you can help save the environment and your money!
How do I remove stubborn stains?
Stubborn stain? Don’t use bleach or other chlorinated cleaners. They will destroy the bamboo fabric over time. If you have a stubborn stain that needs removing, try adding a mixture or 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of water to the stain before washing. If the stains are due to greasy lotions or oils, try pre-washing your sheets with ¼ cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove the grease. Then launder as usual.
You can also add 2 cups of this DIY oxygen cleaner to your detergent to keep your bed sheets clean and fresh:
- 12 cups water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner. For more stain removal tricks, check out The Art of Manliness.
Can I use fabric softener?
Never use fabric softener on your bamboo linen. Fabric softeners, like bleach, can destroy fabrics made out of bamboo.
How do I dry my sheets?
You can dry your sheets using a gentle tumble-dry setting on low heat. High heat will degrade the fabric. Shake out your sheets before drying them to help smooth out any wrinkles. Remove your sheets from the dryer as soon as it’s finished. When the weather is nice, you can also hang your sheets out to dry on a line.
Do I have to iron my bamboo bed sheets?
You do not have to iron your sheets. If you want to get rid of any wrinkles that may have set in, use the lowest steam setting on your iron to avoid damaging the fabric.
How often should I wash my sheets?
As clean as we try to be, dirt and oil can build up over several nights and can affect the quality of your sheets and sleep. You can wash your sheets as often as you like, but we recommend at least once every two weeks to keep you feeling fresh.
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