Organic cotton is long lasting and tougher than conventional cotton. Nevertheless, taking care of your investment will pay dividends and ensure its longevity. And remember, the more you wash them the softer they get!
We recommend washing sheets every week. You can do less, but try to at least switch out the pillowcases if you do – these tend to wear quicker and also suffer from a build-up of grease from your face and hair.
For bed sheets
- Wash regularly in cool or warm water, but not hot.
- Use a mild, gentle detergent.
- Line dry or tumble dry low.
- Warm iron (if required).
- Wash not only similar colors together, but also similar fabrics.
For throw blankets
- Wash only in cold water. Hand wash recommended, else use a very gentle cycle.
- Lay flat to air dry.
- Place back in the dryer after air-drying for a few minutes to soften fibers.
What to avoid
- Harsh detergents.
- Be careful with cheaper powder detergents that will often leave a residue on your bedding.
- Peroxides and bleaches (especially chlorine bleaches) – these are harsh on the fibers and may cause discoloration. (Think about any personal care products that may contain peroxides too.)
- If you must use a bleach, use a natural one and test it on a small area first.
- Washing with other fabrics, especially clothes. Button, zips etc. will cause abrasion and may catch.
- Only fill your dryer half full with sheets. This stops your sheets twisting resulting in uneven drying. It also reduces creasing.
- To further reduce creasing, take your sheets out of the dryer just a little before the end and put on the bed while just very slightly damp. You’ll be surprised how smooth looking then end up and won’t need to iron them.
- To brighten your bedding remember how your grandmother did it – try adding a little vinegar and/or baking soda to the wash cycle.
- How many sets? Ideally follow the old adage: 1 on the bed, 1 in the closet, and 1 in the hamper.
- Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause discoloring even of white sheets.
- Keep them in a cool, dry place where they breathe. Lack of air circulation is what causes them to get stale.
- Always be sure your linens are 100% dry before storing.
- Don’t store in plastic boxes, these can trap any dampness and cause yellowing.
Incidentally, as well as being best for your sheets, these guidelines are an easy way to do your bit for the environment. One of the quickest wins for anyone is reduce the temperature they wash and dry their textiles at; about 90 percent of the energy used for washing textiles is spent on heating the water.