How to wash your bed linen
Crawling into a bed made with freshly washed sheets is an unbeatable feeling. But how do you wash your bed linen so that it gets really clean, and how do you keep it feeling great for as long as possible?
Here you'll find sustainable tips on how to clean and extend the life of your bed linen, while being kind to nature.
PREPARE THE BED LINEN FOR WASHING
Does your duvet cover have a zip closure? Best practice is to close the zipper before putting it in the washing machine.
JUST ENOUGH SPACE
It can be tempting to fill the washing machine to the max to wash as much as possible, but for the best cleaning results your washing needs to be able to move around and through the drum. So be careful not to overload the washing machine! A properly loaded washing machine also makes the sheets less wrinkled after washing.
WASH BED LINEN SEPARATELY
Do you usually add towels and clothes when you wash your bed linen? Many people make the mistake of washing sheets together with other materials, which creates friction that shortens the life of your bed linen.
CHOOSE AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WASHING POWDER
It may seem obvious, but unfortunately many of us still wash with washing powder that is not environmentally friendly. We recommend laundry detergent from Five Oceans, a Swedish innovation where the cleaning power comes from completely natural sugar-based surfactants. Available for both delicate and coloured laundry.
AVOID FABRIC SOFTENER
There's no simpler way to say it - fabric softener wears out your bed linen and is bad for the environment. By ditching fabric softener, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals. If you instantly want to add fragrance to your laundry add a few drops of essential oils to the rinse aid compartment instead.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE
It used to be said that bed linen had to be washed at 90 degrees to be really clean, which is not true. 60 degrees is just right, as it's high enough to make mites disappear while avoiding wear and tear on your bed linen.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR WASHING STRAIGHT AWAY
Once the washing is done, it is important to take care of it immediately to avoid mould and creases. Is the sun shining outside? Hang your bed linen to dry outside and fall asleep with the sweetest scent of all - fresh air.
AVOID ARTIFICIALLY DRYING
It can be tempting to dry your bed linen in the tumble dryer, especially when there's not enough time – but resist! Drying really wears out your bed linen, which radically shortens its lifespan. In addition, tumble drying consumes valuable energy. Instead, let the bedding dry as naturally as possible on a rack or line.
You can iron your bed linen for an extra luxurious touch. Certain materials, such as sateen, can be ironed to create a beautiful sheen. This presses the fibres that are standing up against the surface of the fabric, which also means that the sheets retain their freshly laundered feel for longer.
WASH NEW BED LINEN BEFORE USE?
The favourite question, should you wash new sheets before using it? All our bed linen is OEKO-TEX100 certified, which means that it is completely free of chemicals and does not need to be washed before use. But there's something special about freshly washed sheets, and you can also remove the folds from the packaging with one wash. So, it's completely optional whether you want to wash before or not.