How often should you wash your sheets? How to clean bedding properly

There's nothing quite like getting into a bed with freshly laundered sheets. Similarly, there is something particularly nasty about going to bed with grotty bedding. Learn how often to wash bed sheets, pillows, and other bedding to keep them fresh and fragrant with this essential guide.

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How often should you wash your sheets? A guide to washing bedding

Key Steps:

  • Use a low setting on your washing machine to ensure your sheets do not shrink.
  • Choose a biological laundry detergent like Persil Bio Liquid for effective cleaning even when washing at as low as 30°C.
  • To make your bedding extra soft, add some fabric conditioner to your wash. This will also make sure sheets smell even fresher!
  • Always read the label on your laundry products and follow the instructions carefully.
Not sure how often to wash bedding at different times of the year? Unsurprisingly, it's a good idea to wash your bed sheets more often in summer as we tend to sweat more during the hotter months, so try to wash them at least once a week. Have a look at this article for tips on how to keep your bedroom cool in summer. During the colder months, you can usually get away with just over a week to two weeks, with rigorous airing on a daily basis.

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How often should you wash bed sheets? 

A key feature of a hygienic bedroom is know how often to wash bed sheets. It’s a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcase once a week or every two weeks. Not washing your bedding regularly can contribute to increased suffering from health problems such as allergies and asthma. If you, your partner, or your child is unwell, alongside cleaning the house, make sure to wash your bedding daily or, at a bare minimum, change the pillowcase every day.

 How to wash your bedding

  1. Separate your bedding from the rest of your laundry, and turn your washing machine to a low setting. Washing in hot water will shrink the material fibres, which can weaken the material. Using a good quality laundry detergent, which works well at lower temperatures, will ensure that you still get a great clean. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.
  2. Turn your bed sheets and pillow inside out and roll them into a ball, then place them inside the machine. This will help ensure colour integrity, and also help fitted sheets keep their shape. Before washing any fabric, always check the care label and follow the recommended guidelines.
  3. Wash with a quality laundry detergent, adding in a suitable fabric softener (like Comfort Pure) for a little extra comfort and fragrance.
  4. Once the cycle has finished, hang your bedding up to air-dry – if your sheets are white, a little sunshine will help to keep them bright. If you have a tumble dryer, use a cool setting.

Having learned how to clean bedding properly, you can now enjoy your bed even more!

Remember! Always treat stains individually prior to a general wash. Specific stain removers are available, but be careful to always read the manufacturer’s instructions and run a test-patch first. Find out more about removing stains here.

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