How to Keep Sheets White & FreshA bed with crisp, white, clean sheets is always classic and inviting. That’s why you’ll often see white bedding in hotels to give off that luxury vibe. But, with improper care, white sheets can look dingy very quickly, even after they are freshly washed. Over time, white can turn into gray or yellow for a variety of reasons, such as the buildup of body oils or sweat, overloading the washing machine, using too much fabric softener, chemical or nicotine exposure and bleach. So, what’s the secret to keeping white sheets in tiptop shape? Keep reading!
Many people believe bleach is the answer to make your sheets whiter, but bleach can actually shorten the lifespan of your sheets. It breaks down fibers and yellows sheets over time. Did you know that certain basic household items can help? Baking soda, vinegar, dish washing liquid and lemon juice are all great, inexpensive ways to brighten sheets without damaging them.
It is also important to wash your sheets more regularly. White sheets should be washed weekly. This helps loosen and remove stains before they set. Be sure not to use too much laundry detergent, as it can stick to your sheets and attract more dirt and grime. Running an extra rinse cycle can help to remove excess detergent.
Avoid eating or drinking in bed, and if spills happen, be sure to take care of them right away. You can use a stain treatment spray to help get it out. Rinse the fabric under cold water, as warm water can cause stains to set faster. If you have pets, you may want to try getting them to sleep in their own bed (though we totally get it if you don’t want to).
Another thing to think about is taking off your makeup before bed. Foundation and mascara can easily stain white fabrics.
Wash white linens separately from other clothes or towels. Dyes from other garments can easily transfer onto the sheets and change the color. Other rough fabrics can also cause pilling. Instead of drying your sheets in a dryer, try sun drying them instead. The sun’s ultraviolet rays have a bleaching effect, plus the fresh air will make your sheets smell wonderful.
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