How to Wash Your Bed Sheets

There's nothing like the feeling of clean, fresh sheets as you slide into bed. Here are some tips for washing your bed sheets to keep them soft and fresh.

  • When placing the sheets in the washer, shake out and place each sheet separately inside. Don't overload the washer. Open sheets up as much as possible to allow water to flow through and around them.
  • Wash bed sheets in warm or cold water. Avoid hot water as it tends to break down the fibers in fabric. Use a mild laundry detergent. Set the washer on the gentle cycle to further protect the fabric. If you are concerned about germs or dust mites, warm water and a good detergent will take care of them.
  • Sometimes detergent can remain in the sheets, causing skin irritation or white spots or your sheets to feel gritty. Add the correct amount of laundry detergent, or even a little less. Or use an extra rinse cycle to help remove excess detergent.
  • If there are stains, prewash with gentle detergent, soak in detergent or use a prewash spray or stain remover. Use a fabric softener in the washer or in the dryer to soften sheets and add fragrance.
  • When the washer is done, take out the bed sheets and put them in the dryer. Tumble dry on warm and take them out when they are first dry so wrinkles don't set in. Or, hang sheets on the clothesline for a fresh air smell and some disinfecting in the sunlight.