We spend about 1/3 of our day in bed. This means that our bed should be comfortable for us to be able to get a good night's sleep and quality rest. Choosing the right bed linens is one step. Caring for these linens is another. Here are a few tips.
Read the care label and follow instructions.
Buy an extra set or two. This will enable you to rotate your bed linens and ensure that they are evenly used or worn.
Change your pillowcases and sheets weekly or every two weeks. Comforter, duvet, and quilts will only need to be laundered monthly.
A mattress pad between mattresses and sheets extends the life of both.
Buy pillow protectors to prevent frequent laundering of pillows.
Machine wash in warm water using a gentle cycle, then rinse with cold water. Do not overload the washing machine.
Use a mild detergent. Pour in the detergent to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, before adding in the linens.
Separate dark colors from the whites.
Avoid using chlorine bleach as it weakens the fabric and cause it to yellow. If white fabrics need bleaching, opt for an oxygen-based bleach.
Machine dry bed linens using low heat, if the care label says it's safe to do so. Otherwise, you can hang them to dry then iron press later on, while the linens are still slightly damp.
When ironing bed linens with decorative details, place it facedown on the ironing board over a towel and iron it, or place a plain sheet over the top of the detailed section and iron over that.
If the label says "hand launder," do so. Use gentle soap and rinse thoroughly in clean water. Do not wring. Hang to dry.
Store bed linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. If you are going to store your linens for a long period of time, wrap them in white cotton, old pillow cases or acid-free paper. Do not store linens in plastic bags or boxes, as this can cause permanent yellowing. Take out your linens from the cabinet/storage once in a while to let them breathe.