If you prefer to have just white beddings in a bedroom you definitely should know about basic methods of how to wash white sheets and how to keep them clean and looking brand spanking new for years to come. There is no one way to care for them because you have to take into account so many factors such as type of textile, colour and quality of fabric. However, the care of white sheets is not as complicated a process as it sounds. We would like to share with you a few optimal techniques for getting the utmost results after laundering your white beddings.
Basic Methods to Keep Your Sheets White
First of all, all techniques and products obviously depend on fibre content and type of fabric. Be mindful of reading care labels on your sheet about how to wash it and what settings you shouldn’t use to avoid shrinking and damaging the fabric. Also, you can find the fibre content of your bedding sheets (percale, bamboo, silk, cotton, linen) as well as the best washing cycle, temperature and drying.
Fibre Care Overview
The temperature settings: warm or cold water for linen, silk or polyester sheets, hot water for cotton only. Keep in mind that washing in hot water will help you to kill most bacteria, germs and accumulated dust mites. However, washing your sheets in hot water can cause you to lose the shape of your fabric and texture.
Cycle type: for most types of beddings use a gentle cycle which is always to help to protect your sheets and keep their colour white. But for cotton and polyester textiles you can also choose a regular cycle which is unlikely to damage the texture of the fabric.
Note: frequent over-laundering causes white sheet to wear out faster and discoloration of fabric
Drying Cycle: most of the care labels are not recommending using a high heat cycle, however, it still depends on some specifications of your fabric, and for most types of cotton you can use from medium to high heat except linen. For this type of textile use a combination of air and machine drying. Generally, air-drying is acceptable for all fabrics.
Iron Heat Settings: the optimal level of heat - how to low depend on fiber content type pointed at attached label care.
Detergent: choose specific washing liquid for particular type of fabric. For example, heavy-duty detergent will work better for cotton, linen and bamboo sheets; gentle detergent for silk.
When it comes to how to keep white sheets clean and white you should consider some specific whitening agents available at most grocery stores. Let’s discuss some of them which are a better match for your particular type of sheets.
How to Keep Your Sheets White
While there are plenty of options for washing your white sheets, remember to always check the product label as care instructions may be different between products, based on the specific construction of each fabric and their fiber content.
When we are talking about washing white sheets, keep in mind that you should take into account both how to protect the longevity of your bedding and keep their breezy, snowy white look. For doing so, use some natural bleaches related to your specific needs. For example, adding lemon juice or vinegar to your regular washing of sheets will brighten and remove some dark spots from it - one lemon is enough to whiten any discolored sheet. Also you can add lemon separately, just put ½ cup of lemon juice and mix it with one gallon of hot water and soak your beddings at least for one hour, then remove your whites and wash it in a machine with regular settings related to fabric content. Please note, do not use hot water for silk and linens. Read more about how to care of linen sheets.
Soak your beddings in a sink of cold or warm water and half a cup of vinegar for about an hour before you put them in the wash. In addition, this natural whitening agent works as a brilliant fabric softener. If you worry about vinegar smell, hang your washed sheets up to let them air out naturally.
Another effective way to counteract grey shades on white sheets is using borax - a powdery white mineral that helps in removing stains and discolorations, returning sheets back to sparkling white. We recommend using this agent when it's exposed to the beddings for a long period of time. In this connection, soaking your white sheets with borax overnight is the most efficient way to make your beddings brighter and whiter.
Can You Wash White Sheets with Colored Sheets
Laundering your sparkly white sheets with other coloured clothes is never a good idea. Always separate laundry and wash your sheets individually even if you are using cold water. This will help you escape stains, dye transfer and colour bleeding on your white bed sheets and bedding accessories from coloured clothes, which make your sheets look dingy.
If you do choose to wash other items with sheets, make sure they are lightweight and similar in color. To keep darker colored sheets from fading, use cool water to wash and rinse.
Moreover. Do not dry your white sheets with other colored fabrics the same as do not mix them with different types of textiles.
Just remember that each type of fabric has different fiber content, number of linen threads, and construction. If you mix a set of white sheets with different clothes, then the drying time would be a lot longer. Because clothes would get trapped between the sheets, they wouldn’t get enough heat to dry correctly.
How Often to Wash White Sheets
Generally, the frequency of washing your sheets depends on the lifestyle and sometimes skin conditions. Some people have exceedingly sensitive skin and allergies. For those sleepers, we would recommend washing your bedding sheets at least weekly.
For sleepers who have a cold or flu, we would highly recommend washing it every day while you are still sick. In this connection, clean your pillowcase more often than sheets to exclude cases of inflammation and transfer of bacteria. Normally, you do need to wash it often. If you are wearing pajamas and taking shower before your sleep, laundering white sheets once every two weeks is enough to keep them clean and fresh.
In fact, if you launder and care for your white sheets regularly in a proper way from the beginning, they will keep their original snowy white look for years. However, you should watch for their brightness every time after washing, and take steps to lift some imperfections and make them look inviting again.