BrightNest did a quick survey and found out that almost 60% of people don't wash their sheets every week. Not cool! You spend a third of your life wrapped up in your sheets like a burrito. And while you’re feeling snugly in the covers, your body releases sweat, drool and dead skin cells. Gross, right? So clean your sheets and pillowcases every week using this easy process.
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Frequency. If you’re an extremely fastidious person (or the paragraph above really grossed you out), then we recommend washing your bedding every week. However, washing every two weeks is totally acceptable and will keep your…ahem…bed residue at pretty low levels. Tip: If you’re prone to acne, definitely wash your pillowcases every week (or even twice a week!).
Water Temperature. For maximum disinfecting power, it’s best to wash your bedding in hot water. However, hot water will shrink your sheets over time, so we recommend a compromise: use warm water for most cycles, but mix in a hot water cycle every third of fourth time.
Detergent. A mild detergent is best for the longevity of your sheets and pillowcases. The whole “liquid vs. powder” debate really depends on two things: your personal preference and your washing machine’s preference. Many newer models function much better (and last longer) if you use liquid detergent, so check your owner’s manual.
Fabric Softener. You don’t need it! Fabric softeners can make your sheets and pillows feel waxy over time and decrease their absorbency (which is not fun on hot summer nights). Instead, add ¼ cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle.
Pillows. They don’t need to be washed as much as your pillow cases and sheets, but pillows do get pretty dirty! wash your pillows twice a year to keep them fresh.