Can You Wash Bed Sheets With Clothes?
By: The Cleancult Team
Ah. The bed. So calming and peaceful. After a long day of work, playing with your kids, cooking, (maybe even cleaning a bit around the house) you really do deserve the best comfort in perfectly clean, fresh, and cozy sheets. Knowing how to wash fabrics is key when trying to keep them fresh and “young.” But it isn’t only your clothing that’s susceptible to a couple of mistakes and mishaps. Your bed sheets are, too! Not sure how to correctly sort, treat, wash, and dry bed sheets? Are you used to just throwing everything together on the washer and pressing “Start”? Keep reading, this one’s for you!
Should you wash clothes together with bed sheets and towels? Short answer: “NOPE. Not ever.” But what could be the harm in it? Aren’t all of those just fabric items needing washing? Well, yes. But there’s a little more to it than just choosing to wash with either liquid laundry detergent or laundry detergent pods.
Firstly, towels are very big producers of lint. That’s why it’s recommended to wash them with a gentle laundry detergent before using them for the first time! If you wash and tumble dry a set of new towels, you will notice there is a great deal of lint on the trap of the dryer (cotton FTW!). While the dryer screen does trap much of that lint, some of it gets trapped on the clothes that you wash with towels. And removing it is soo hard. If you want to put this to the test, wash black pants with a couple of white cotton towels. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though!
And sheets? Yep, washing those with clothes is definitely a bad idea. Do to their giant size, throwing a set of sheets with a small load of clothes and a green laundry pod would just keep the clothes from washing and drying correctly. The clothes would get trapped on the sheets and wouldn’t have a chance to wash properly. Since they wouldn’t agitate against other clothes, they would just be rinsed.
The same thing happens in the dryer. If you throw a set of sheets with clothes, then the drying time would be a lot longer. Because clothes would get trapped between the sheets, they wouldn’t get enough heat to dry correctly.
General tips for washing sheets:
- Read ALL labels to be sure you’re meeting the cleaning requirements of your sheets.
- Wash with hot water. Polyester blends are best washed using warm water, while cotton can tolerate hot water.
- Wash AT LEAST once every other week. It is sometimes easy to forget to wash sheets, but think that you probably spend more time in bed than in any of your outfits. Using a natural laundry detergent really works too. You want your sheets washed and cleaned, but not too faded or filled with leftovers chemicals!
- Separate by color. Just like clothing, some colors can bleed onto other, lighter colors. Keep your laundry separated. You could use a homemade laundry detergent, that could help you to keep your sheets looking fresh, since you’d be avoiding any harsh chemicals and fragrances.
- Store laundered sheets and bedding in a dry, cool place! Sunlight would just further fade their colors.
- Keep three sets of sheets per bed. This will help you rotate each set and sleep on fresh sheets weekly without having to wash every week.