How to Wash Bed Sheets

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How to wash bed sheets

There’s simply nothing better than getting into a bed that’s just been made up with fresh, clean sheets. It’s hard to say exactly why this is — maybe it’s the relaxing scent of our favorite laundry detergent, the crispness of clean linens, or simply the feeling of comfort you get from knowing that your sheets are clean. In this post, we’ll share our tips for washing your bed sheets, so you can savor the feeling of fresh, clean bedding any time!

Read the label.

Before you wash anything, always be sure to check the label for washing instructions. The manufacturer has the best knowledge of the sheets and will recommend the most effective washing technique for that particular type of fabric. Once you’ve stripped your bed and checked the label, you can go on to step two.

Wash your sheets.

If possible, wash your sheets with the warmest recommended water temperature. Cotton can withstand high temperatures, which is one of the many reasons to opt for cotton sheets. Hot water more effectively kills germs and dust mites that may be living on your bed sheets.

Make sure you wash your sheets separate from clothing, or with like colors. You don’t want your pair of crisp, white sheets to come out looking pink because you absentmindedly threw a red sock in the wash! This goes the other way, too — if you have dark colored sheets, washing them separately will prevent any light clothing or linens from getting inadvertently tinted. Though most manufacturers are careful to use color-fast dye with sheets, it’s always best to separate your linens where possible. Plus, metal zippers and buttons on clothing can cause wear and tear on your sheets.

Maybe you’re unclear on how often you should wash your sheets? As a rule of thumb, we recommend laundering your bed linens once a week. If you accidentally spill something or soil your bed sheets, you might even be due for an extra wash that week. It’s easy to neglect this important chore — a nicely made bed might look clean, but if it’s been a couple of weeks since you washed the sheets, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens could be in bed with you. The allergens wreak havoc on your system, irritating both your sinuses and your skin. Clean sheets are an important, often overlooked, part of both good sleep hygiene and allergy prevention. 

Dry your sheets.

Once again, refer to the care instructions on the label of your bed sheets. Usually, manufacturers will instruct you to tumble dry your sheets on low. You can also air dry your sheets if you don’t own a dryer, or if you want to harness the natural disinfecting powers of the sun’s rays. This step will also help brighten your white sheets. 

Iron your sheets. 

We know you might be reading the above instruction and think, “seriously?! Why in the world would someone want to spend time ironing their sheets when they’re going to wrinkle them that night?”

We understand why you might feel incredulous, but this step isn’t just about aesthetics or making your sheets drape nicely on your bed. Finishing off your sheets with a hot iron after you dry them can eradicate the remaining dust mites and germs that may have survived the washing and drying process. Plus, ironing your sheets makes them much easier to store.

Store your sheets.

If you’re not going to put your sheets back on your bed right away, it’s important to store them properly. Folding your sheets, especially if you’ve ironed them, helps them stay crisp and smooth, and makes them easier to store. A linen closet or another cool, dry place is best for storing sheets, because it extends their lifespan. Too much sunlight can cause bright colors to fade.

Pro tip: Store your fitted and flat sheet sets inside one of its pillowcases. Your bedding stays together, and stores well as a unit!

QuickZip Makes Washing Your Sheets Easier

We all know that the hardest part of laundering our sheets, and the reason why many of us put the chore off week-to-week, has little to do with loading them into the washer and dryer. There’s dread about the effort and time it takes to put a clean set of sheets back onto your bed. The biggest culprits? The fitted sheet and the comforter cover. Somehow, this chore never gets more fun, no matter how many times we do it — especially when the fitted sheet doesn’t quite fit your mattress. (Aren’t we all guilty of taking our sheets out of the dryer and leaving them in a pile on our bare mattress until it’s time to go to bed?) That’s why, as a bed sheet brand, we wanted to make this process easier.

Making your bed doesn’t have to be a big ordeal with QuickZip!

So, how does it work? First, we tackled the redesign of the antiquated fitted sheet. The first time you put on your QuickZip sheets, they will go on like a regular fitted sheet — but changing your sheets thereafter is a breeze. QuickZip fitted sheets are actually made up of two separate pieces. When you want to wash your sheets, simply unzip the zip sheet from the top of your mattress, and leave the base on the sides. You wash the top, and then zip it back on when you’re ready to make the bed. We also sell Add-on Zip Sheets in different colors and fabrics, in case you spice up your bedding game.

We also wanted to make the process of putting your comforter cover on less daunting. Usually getting a duvet onto a bed is an unruly process, as you try to wrangle your fluffy comforter through a narrow opening. Our QuickZip duvet covers have a zipper on the bottom and side so you can simply open them up and lay your comforter inside. Plus, we added clips on the corners so your comforter stays put while you’re sleeping and hidden slots on the sides so you can reach in easily and adjust the comforter..

The feeling of clean sheets is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Invest in a set of QuickZip sheets and you won’t feel daunted the next time you want to wash them.

Recommended resource: Quickzip care instructions