I have been using bamboo sheets for many years now, and I love them! They are so soft and comfortable to sleep on. And they help me stay cool and dry during hot summer nights. But the downside is, they tend to get dirty a lot faster than other types of bedding.
Bamboo fabric is naturally more absorbent than cotton and other fabrics. As we sleep, the sweat and oils from our bodies get absorbed by the bamboo fibers and stain them a lot faster than other fabrics.
7 Tips to Keep Your Bamboo Sheets Clean Between Washes
Frequent washes can damage your sheets and reduce their lifespan. And since they generally cost more than cotton sheets, it is essential to extend your bamboo bedding life as much as possible.
So how do you keep your bamboo sheets clean and comfortable without washing them all the time? Here are 7 easy steps you can try on your own!
Shower Before Getting Into Bed
Since the leading cause of stains on our bamboo sheets is caused by body sweat and oils, it is a good idea to take a shower before getting into bed. I found that even a quick shower can make a significant difference to how long my bedding stays fresh between washes.
Don’t Sleep in the Nude
One of the benefits of bamboo fabrics is that it is 3 degrees cooler than cotton. So, if you are Hot Sleeper, like me, sleeping nude will expose more of your skin to the bamboo sheets, which will absorb more of your body’s oil and sweat. So, wearing pajamas is an excellent way to reduce stains on any type of bedding.
Wear Clean Pajamas
The clothes you wear to bed are another significant contributor to dirty sheets. Having a dedicated set of pajamas for sleeping can help reduce the amount of dirt and grime transferred onto your bamboo sheets. I keep a few different sets of clean PJs handy to make it easier to switch them out when they get dirty. Here are some great options for bamboo pajama tops, bottoms, and nightgowns.
Spot Clean Often
If you find that your bamboo sheets are getting too dirty in a specific area, you can use a small amount of laundry detergent mixed with water to spot clean when needed. Bamboo rayon is known to react to certain detergents and may become discolored. So, I like to use an inconspicuous place on the sheet as my test spot. Then, if it doesn’t cause any noticeable damage or discoloration, I can continue to spot clean the more visible areas.
Use Essential Oils
Another great way to keep your bamboo sheets clean is by adding essential oils. Essential oils are natural and won’t cause damage to your sheets, and they can help prolong the freshness of your sheets. I use my essential oils at night to get a better night’s sleep and a fresh smell during the day when I am home.
Here are my favorite essential oils for bamboo bedding:
- Lavender oil helps with anxiety and can improve sleep quality.
- Lemongrass oil helps with relaxation and can reduce feelings of stress.
- Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that helps to prevent bacteria growth in the fabric.
- Eucalyptus oil is a natural deodorizer and can help keep your sheets smelling fresh.
- Rosemary essential oil helps with focus and memory retention.
You can find any of these essential oils here on Amazon!
Air-Out the Bedroom
Another tip for keeping your bedding clean is airing out the entire bedroom. After waking up in the morning, I like to remove my bedding from the mattress and open up all of the windows for a few hours. Allowing fresh air to circulate helps reduce odors in the room and keeps dust from building up on your sheets.
A little bit of sunshine can go a long way! I like to roll my bamboo sheets up and place them in direct sunlight for a few hours during the morning. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are a natural disinfectant and will help reduce odor-causing bacteria and allergens.
In summary, the above tips are what I use to keep my bamboo sheets clean between washes. They help maintain their freshness longer and saves energy by washing less. Washing them less will also help extend their life in the long run.
I hope you found these tips helpful! Try them for yourself, and let me know how they work for you by leaving a comment below or join us on Facebook.