How Often Should Cotton Sheets be Washed? Keeping white cotton clean and bright is essential, but over-washing can cause permanent damage to the cotton fibres. Washing on a gentle cycle and using a mild detergent is vital to keep your cotton sheets & pillowcases look as good as new!
How Often Should Cotton Sheets be Washed?
As a rule-of-thumb, once a week. This should be frequently enough to keep your sheets & pillowcases clean and fresh, while minimising wear and tear.
Washing cotton sheets once a week is generally often enough to free of germs and dirt, but not so much that you’ll do too much damage to the fabric. A weekly wash should include items of the same cotton. Wash your white flat and fitted sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover, as these linens are in direct contact with skin.
We’ve a Bedding Blog Post all about the best way to wash cotton bedding, and the quick answer is often and very gently. It’s true to say that 100% cotton needs a little more attention than polycotton blend bedding, but with a little care, you can wash your 100% cotton bed linen and keep it in great condition.
Use a Gentle Wash Setting and a Very Mild Detergent
Most modern washing machines will have a gentle cycle, more suited for cotton and a mild detergent, while not cleaning your sheets quite so well, will do significantly less damage to the cotton. Many people swear by the ‘add-on’ whiteners, added to or after your normal wash. They can certainly help reduce stains and brighten your sheets.
One or Two Recommended Detergents for White Cotton Sheets
Another tip for washing cotton sheets is to try to add just under the amount of detergent recommended for the load. Too much detergent can make your white cotton sheets & pillowcases harder to properly rinse out, creating a coating on the fibres that catches and traps the oils and dirt you’re trying to wash out. An extra rinse cycle is always a good idea.
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