Home Care

6 Practical Tips For Washing Your Bedding

Make your sheets last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance

Photography: Target (Main Photo)

It's no secret that we begin and end our day in the comfort of our beds—in fact, some studies show that we spend one third of our life sleeping. This is why it's very important that we make our resting space the cleanest and coziest spot at home. Aside from tidying the room and decorating it with relaxing elements, investing in high-quality bedding is essential in creating a soothing environment. To help you take better care of your sheets, let these handy hints guide you: 

1. Treat stains before loading your bedding in the washer. Remember, once spots have been "cooked" or dried, they become permanent. Try this hack: wet the stained area, apply dishwashing liquid, then scrub with a toothbrush before washing. 

2. Unless there is no other way, do not mix the bedding with clothes that have hardware like big buttons, zippers or embellishments—as these rough textures cause pilling and abrasion in the fibers. 

3. Use less detergent than the bottle recommends—if it says pour one cup, try using 3/4 only. Strong soaps weaken fibers over time resulting to thinning or unexpected holes. 

4. Avoid fabric softeners at all costs. While they leave a refreshing scent, they coat the natural fibers and break them down resulting to thinning as well. 

5. If you want soft sheets, try ironing them—this trick works especially well for cotton and linen sheets. You can do the same with your pillowcases, too. 

6. For spare sheets, avoid storing them in plastic containers or big Ziploc bags as it can result in yellowing. Instead, you should find a spot for them in your closet or dresser as natural fibers need to be able to breathe.

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Target (Main) | St. Regis Boutique | | Remodelista (Linen Logic: 20 Tips for Taking Care of Your Bedding)

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