Do you know the last time you washed your sheets and pillowcases? If you had to think about it, then it’s probably been too long. What’s more, is that many people don’t know how to properly wash their bedclothes and accessories. Well, we’re here to set the record straight. Read on to learn the right way to clean your bedding so that you can have exceptionally sweet dreams.

You Might Be Washing Your Bedding Too Often

Sheets, pillowcases, are right next to your body, so wash them regularly. Sheets and pillowcases at least every two weeks, duvet covers and shams as needed usually every four weeks. The shams and duvet cover if they are not right next to your skin do not need to be washed that often.

Spot Clean and Soak, If Needed

The golden rule of laundry is do no harm. Use a small amount of detergent and select cold wash for linen. Spot clean with Shout or soak with Biz. The first rule of stain remover is to do no harm, so follow the direction on the package.

When Washing Duvets, Proceed with Caution

Duvets are usually bulky and require a trip to the laundromat. Aim to wash at least once every month or two. Read the tag first to ensure that it’s machine washable and follow any washing instructions. Duvet covers that have been soiled or stained will need to be soaked in cold water before washing. Naturally, you’ll need a large basin to accommodate the cover, and a clean bathtub will serve the purpose nicely. Let the duvet cover soak for at least an hour and be careful to evenly distribute the cover in the washing machine so that the weight of the fabric doesn’t knock the washer off balance. Keep an ear out for that awful knocking sound that serves as a warning that you need to stop the washer and redistribute the duvet cover.

How to Wash Pillows

Pillows are stuffed with a variety of different materials. The stuffing will determine how to wash your pillows. You should wash your pillows at least once or twice a year.

How To Wash Down and Fiber Pillows

These types of pillows can be cleaned in a washing machine. Before washing your down or fiber pillows, check the cleaning instructions, and follow the directions. If there are no instructions, wash your pillows on the gentle cycle with the same gentle detergent you used to clean your sheets. As with your sheets, warm or cold water is better than hot. You’ll want to let the pillows take an extra rinse cycle or two to ensure all the detergent gets out. Additionally, overloading the washer can knock it off balance, so don’t wash more than two pillows at one time. Please don’t wring out down pillows because you’ll damage the feathers inside. You can dry the pillows in your dryer on low heat. Toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to keep pillows fluffy.

How to Wash Foam Pillows

Foam pillows and the washing machine don’t mix, so you’ll have to hand wash these. However, foam pillows typically have cloth covers that you can unzip. Those can be washed after you remove the foam. If your foam pillows are stained or soiled, you can spot clean the foam with a damp cloth. You’ll need to let the pillows dry completely before returning them to the bed so they don’t mold. Otherwise, you can use a handheld vacuum to clean the foam. Don’t vacuum the foam while the pillow is wet, as it’s not safe and can tear the pillow. Usually, there is a zippered cover on the foam pillow these should be washed with the sheets and pillowcases.

How to Wash Mattress Pads

Mattress pads are also made from a wide range of materials and should be cleaned every three months or so. Here again, the steps you take to clean your mattress pad will depend on what it’s made of. Below you’ll find instructions on how to clean three common types of mattress pads.

How to Wash Cotton and Vinyl-backed Mattress Pads

Both of these mattress pads can be cleaned in the washing machine. Before you get started, check to see if there are any cleaning instructions on the tag. Typically, you can wash these mattress pads just as you would your sheets, and dry it at the temperature recommended on the tag. You can toss a few tennis balls into the dryer with your mattress pad to keep it from getting lumpy.

How To Wash Down Mattress Pads

Down mattress pads are washed very similarly to cotton and vinyl-backed mattress pads. However, you’ll want to check your down mattress pad for holes before washing. Wash on the delicate cycle in cool water with a gentle cleaner or specialized down cleaner. Down mattress pads should be rinsed twice to make sure all the detergent gets out of the feathers.

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