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 with non-chlorine detergent. If the waste created by packaging is a concern for you, you may try Tru Earth, an innovative zero-waste laundry detergent.
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 vinegar doesn't work, try soaking the stain in hydrogen peroxyde over night and wash it with your regular detergent afterward.
- You can also add 2 cups of this DIY oxygen cleaner to your detergent to keep your bed sheets clean and fresh:
DIY Oxygen Cleaner:
- 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.