The Frequency of Washing Sheets and Towels
We devote roughly a third of our lives to sleep, making our beds a prime location for dirt accumulation. Consequently, bed sheets should be laundered at least biweekly. If the sleeper tends to sweat a lot, doesn’t wear nightclothes, or skips a pre-bedtime bath, the frequency should be increased. When it comes to bath towels, the thumb rule is to wash them after every third use, provided they are hung to dry after each use. However, if you have the habit of leaving your towel in a heap on the floor, it’s best to wash it after each use. Hand towels require washing every two days, while washcloths should be washed after every use.
The Changing Fabric of Sheets and Towels
The discussion around washing sheets and towels has become more complex due to changes in the fibers used in their production. In the past, these items were primarily made from 100% cotton or linen. However, in today’s world, sheets and towels are crafted from synthetic microfibers, bamboo, eucalyptus, silk, and blends along with cotton. Natural fibers tend to shed lint with each wash, while synthetic fibers have a tendency to attract lint. As a result, washing natural and synthetic fibers together can lead to pilling on your fabrics. Gone are the days when all sheets and towels were white. They are now available in a plethora of colors, some of which are made with unstable dyes that can lead to color bleeding. Towels have become larger, thicker, and heavier, while some sheets have evolved to a silkier, lighter weight than standard cotton sheets.
Before you start washing your sheets and towels, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure successful washing.
- Detergent: Opt for an enzyme-based laundry detergent for best results.
- Water Temperature: Use cold to warm water for washing.
- Cycle Type: Choose the normal or permanent press cycle for washing.
- Drying Cycle Type: Dry your sheets and towels at medium-high heat.
- Special Treatments: Sort your laundry according to the types of fabric.
- Iron Settings: The setting will depend on the type of fabric. The key to achieving the best results is to read the care tags on your sheets and towels and sort your laundry correctly before you start washing. This will help prevent issues like color bleeding and pilling.