How To Wash Bed Sheets and Pillows

By: The Cleancult Team

October 10, 2018

Every night we use them. We sleep on them. We sweat and drool on them and then we wake up on them. Our beds, sheets, and pillows definitely receive a beating of dirt, germs, and other unwanteds. Taking care and washing your bedding constantly and correctly will help you sleep better and will also help it last longer, look better, and smell cleaner. However, most people don’t even know a correct way to wash bedding, pillows, and sheets. But that’s all over now! Check out our quick tips on washing sheets, cleaning pillows, and improving their look and feel. This will benefit you in the end, so pay close attention!

First thing’s first. Before talking about laundry detergents, dryer instructions, or which washing machine is better for washing bedding, let’s talk about how often you should change your sheets.


On average, you should change your sheets every week or every other week. However, this changes depending on do in bed. For example, do you eat in bed or allow your pets to climb up and sleep with you? Do you shower before going to sleep? (A clean body makes sheet stay clean for a longer time!) Even if you shower, do you sweat heavily? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you might have to change your sheets a little bit more often than the rest of people.

Moreover, if you were sick with a virus, cold flu, or any other type of illness it is strongly advised that you change your sheets either daily or every other day!

Sheets become dirty or soiled from body oils and fluids, as well as surface dirt on our bodies. This is why, for sleepers with acne or skin problems, it’s recomended that the pillow case be cleaned and/or changed frequently to prevent inflammation and transfer of bacteria.


Even though most people like soft, silky sheets and pillowcases, using fabric softener, and/or dryer sheets can reduce the absorbency of natural fibers and cause sheets to be uncomfortable to those who sweat a lot. Granted, products like wool dryer balls don’t have this problem. ;) Instead of commercial fabric softener, you may opt for dryer balls or adding a half a cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your sheets to remove any residues that leave them feeling stiff.

Most sheets have a care label indicating how to wash them. However, it’s important to wash a set of sheets separate from towels or clothes! Just toss the sheets in your washer, toss in a laundry pod, laundry tablet or the desired quantity of liquid laundry detergent, and start your washer!

How to wash pillows

While pillowcases should be washed at least every week, many people decide to change them daily. Pillows, on the other hand, should be cleaned every 3 or 4 months.

For specific instructions and warnings about the pillows in your bed always read the warning labels!

For most pillows, you can combine ¼ cup of dish washing detergent, ¼ cup laundry detergent (liquid or powdered), and ¼ cup of washing soda. Place the mixture with your pillows in your washer and wash at the highest spin cycle. Afterwards, place the pillows with 3 dryer balls in your dryer and let them dry up! This will freshen up your pillows, get rid of stains and eliminate any lingering smells that you might find.

Bonus tip: Never wash memory foam pillows in the washer! Memory foam is incredibly difficult/impossible to dry! Better to read the instruction label or take it to a dry cleaner!