A CLEANING pro has shared insider laundry tips that will ensure you have the whitest sheets possible all the time.
Cleaning is always a chore and sometimes you might worry about not doing enough, but these simple tips might just help ease that stress.
One of the first important questions to ask yourself is how often you should clean your sheets.
Cleaning professionals have all told Insider that you should wash your sheets once a week.
“Even if you are a very clean person and you shower every day, after a few days your sheets are soiled with dead skin cells, sweat, body oils and other gross things,” they told says cleaning expert Jessica Samson.
Corinna and Theresa Williams, co-founders of an eco-friendly laundromat known as Celsious, told Insider that cleaning frequency can change depending on your situation.
“If someone is sick in bed or accident-prone (kids or pets, for example), you’ll want to wash your sheets more frequently and as soon as possible after any accident.”
“Your everyday sheets shouldn’t have complicated care instructions, and the material should be able to withstand warm or hot washes for hygienic reasons,” the sisters told Insider.
To properly care for the cotton, the sisters said to wash them at the hottest temperature possible, then dry the sheets on low heat.
They suggested avoiding fabric softener because it can coat the laundry with fibers that will affect the absorbency of the sheets.
WASH THE LAUNDRY
“Linen sheets tend to shrink in the wash if you use the hottest setting,” Samson told Insider.
All of the cleaning experts said they use warm or cold water to clean laundry.
To keep those sheets soft, they suggested using 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the softener compartment and tossing dryer balls in the dryer.
They also said to make sure to dry the linen sheets on low heat.
The Williams sisters said many people like to use cold water to wash their sheets to save energy.
“If desired, add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to help remove odors,” they told Insider.
Cleaning experts also advise washing one load per month in hot/lukewarm water.
“The water needs to be 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites and 140 degrees to kill viruses and bacteria.”
WASH WITHOUT BLEACH
If you’d rather wash your sheets without bleach, like the sisters, they’ve shared their easy tip for avoiding the cleaner.
“It’s harsh on the fabric, which is not good for longevity and can contribute to yellowing over time,” they told Insider.
“First, you want to deal with any stains before you wash the sheets,” they said.
Rather than using bleach, the sisters recommended using an oxygen booster to treat stains and keep whites bright.