Sleep is one of the basic human needs. The quality of sleep directly affects the quality of life so it’s no wonder we all love to sleep. On average, Americans sleep 6.8 hours per night, while Japanese sleep less than 6 hours on average. Research shows that a person needs about 8 hours of sleep. It’s a lot of time we spend sleeping. To make sleeping as comfortable as possible, we are investing more and more in beds, mattresses, and bedding. Do you know that feeling when you go to sleep in freshly washed bedding? It seems like you are in heaven. How do you wash your bedding to get that freshness?
It is best that you wash your bedding under the highest temperature listed on the care label. Since we spend a lot of time sleeping, numerous bacteria and mites accumulate in our bedding. Very high temperatures kill mites and bacteria. To preserve our health, we must take care to really wash the bedding only at high temperatures.
As comfortable as our bed is for us, so is it comfortable for numerous germs. Every day we bring into our bed numerous germs which is inevitable. A study conducted in America analyzed beddings through 4 weeks of non-washing. After a week, there were more bacteria on the pillows than on the toilet seat. More precisely, 3 million of them. After 4 weeks the pillows had nearly 12 million bacteria on themselves which is comparable to a five bowl. Similar results were obtained for bedding. Now that we know how many bacteria are on our beddings, it is important to learn how to properly wash the bedding to remove them.
How do you wash your bedding
On average, people spend one-third of their life sleeping. In doing so, a man produces 98.4 liters of sweat in bed per year. To this, we add oils, lotions, and other cosmetic products that we leave on our beddings. Bedding is truly a great nest for many mites and bacteria. Mites feed on dead skin that accumulates on bedding every night. To get rid of them, it is necessary to wash your bedding under specific rules.
When washing the bedding, we must not put too many things in the washing machine. In order for the bedding to be washed thoroughly, it is necessary to have space in the machine. Enough space will allow for the bedding to get washed properly and prevent tearing that can be caused by an agitator strangled by sheets. If we plan to wash other things with bedding, it is better to choose some lightweight things of the same color. People often wash beddings with towels. Washing towels along with bedding can reduce the lifespan of bedding because towels can create a lot of friction. It is best to bedding follow alone!
For washing, it is necessary to use a prewash stain remover to make sure we have removed everything from your bedding. As for choosing a detergent, it is a personal matter. Some people prefer intense scents, while for others it is important that there are no scents. Care should be taken not to use too strong detergents as they can damage the bedding as well as using too much detergent. Most bedding is not as dirty so it is enough to use a milder detergent like the one for children’s clothes. Typically, around a quarter-cup of liquid detergent is enough for a normal laundry load of beddings.
The easiest way to determine the washing temperature is to look at the label for washing instructions. Bedding should be washed at the highest allowable temperature. Polyester is best washed with warm water, while cotton can be washed in hot water. Washing at high temperatures is very important because cold water cannot achieve the same effect.
Hot water is used when washing beddings because it enables the killing of all mites and bacteria that are potentially dangerous to health. A lot of people wash the bedding at 40 ° C, but that’s not enough to kill the mites. Such temperatures will only remove dust. To destroy mites, it is necessary to wash at least at 60 C °. Most people are resistant to such infections, but they can be dangerous for people with reduced immunity, the elderly, and patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital.
After washing, immediately remove the beddings from the washing machine to avoid mold and creasing. If the weather is nice, dry them in the fresh air to give them an extra impression of freshness. In case you are drying them in the dryer, use a medium or low setting to dry them. If you use too high a temperature for drying it can result in the beddings wear out faster. Also, under too high temperatures your sheets can shrink. If softness is more important to you than freshness, be sure to choose drying in a dryer.
It is very important to iron everything after washing. Ironing helps kill remaining mites and bacteria, and will also make it easier for you to store freshly washed bedding.
To avoid sheet pilling, do not wash at unnecessarily high temperatures. Avoid using bleach or other intensive chemical products at unnecessarily high temperatures. Also, don’t over-dry bedding as this can also contribute to sheet piling.
How often should bedding be washed?
Since we sometimes spend more time in bed than in clothes, we have to take care of the cleanliness of the bedding. Different experts suggest different times between the washing of bedding. Some say it needs to be washed once a week, while others say it is enough once every two weeks. It is recommended to wash it at least once a week, and the maximum interval between washes should be 2 weeks.
It is necessary to wash the bedding every week if you:
- have allergies or asthma
- have an infection
- sweat excessively
- sleep with a pet
- you eat in bed
- do not take a shower before washing
- sleep naked
During the summer, we sweat a lot more, and we sleep half-naked more often, so it is necessary to wash the bedding more often. During the summer, it is recommended to wash at least once a week.
The pillow should be washed once every 3 months or at least three times a year. In this way, you will get rid of stale odors, comets, and dead skin cells that mites feed on. Some pillows can be machine washed while others need to be dry cleaned. The most important thing though is never to sleep on a pillow without a pillowcase. Between washing the pillows, it is good to leave them in direct sunlight. The sun is a natural antibacterial agent that will keep pillows fresh.
Don’t forget to wash your pajamas at least once a week as this also affects the cleanliness of your bedding.
Also, if your child has a favorite teddy bear that he sleeps with every night, don’t forget to wash him regularly to get rid of mites that easily accumulate on him. If you are afraid that it will be destroyed, put it in a plastic bag and the freezer for 12 hours before washing, and then wash it at a lighter temperature.
What setting do you wash bed sheets on?
To wash your bedding, it is best to choose a normal or gentle cycle. Normal settings help bedding avoid excessive creasing. It is always necessary to wash the entire cycle with a full rinse as this prevents the accumulation of chemicals on the fibers. If it is pure white cotton, you can wash it on a normal cycle up to 90°C. Wash the colored cotton at 60°C.
These rules, however, do not apply to silk and satin bedding. If they are delicate fabrics, wash them using a gentle cycle in cold water. It is important to use a detergent for delicate fabrics. Do not use bleach or fabric softener as they may damage these delicate fabrics. Also, never put them in the dryer at high temperatures as the heat could damage them. If you are already drying them in the dryer put the dryer on a no-heat setting.
Does new bedding need to be washed?
The new bedding is definitely clean. No one has used them before you, how can they be dirty? The new bedding is really not clean. Manufacturers use a number of chemicals to maintain the freshness of the bedding. Be sure to wash the new bedding before using it. New bedding may have dyes and chemical residue residues so they need to be washed before first use.
To wash them, see the instructions on the label. Some experts advise that it is good to add one cup of baking soda to the prewash. During the rinse cycle, it is recommended to add one cup of white vinegar. Adding soda and white vinegar is recommended only for the first wash. Later, wash the bedding following the instructions on the product label.