If you already own bamboo sheets and need some advice on how to care for them, this article is perfect for you. We will explain everything you need to know how to wash your bamboo sheets and bedding.
In this guide, you will find out simple steps you can take to clean your bamboo sheets the right way. We will also go over some very common mistakes people make that can ruin their bamboo sheets.
Ultimate Guide to Washing Bamboo Sheets
So you just bought a new set of bamboo sheets and you’re probably confused with how to care for them. And you might be wondering if they need any special care like silk sheets or can you take care of them the same as cotton sheets. Don’t worry!
Whether your new to bamboo sheets and need some beginners advice or have had several sets and looking for tips to help them last longer, we’ve got you covered!
However, you may feel that your sheets aren’t as great as they were said to be, but not to worry. New sheets (bamboo and cotton in particular) do feel rather stiff when first bought. To remove this feeling – simply wash it as soon as possible.
Most sheets in stores have chemicals added to them while being manufactured, meaning using a detergent WILL lock those chemicals in. So, instead of a detergent, use 240 milliliters of baking soda and 240 milliliters of white vinegar.
Washing and Cleaning Bamboo Sheets
Bamboo sheets/bedding can be hard to wash. There is no perfect way to remove a stain, as every stain has its own way of being removed. it depends on how far the stain goes and what type of stain it is.
Should your bamboo sheets/bedding need a wash – simply put your bedding/sheets in the washing machine. If you want them to stay fresh and in good condition for longer, set your washing machine on a gentle cycle.
It is recommended that you wash your sheets in cold water as hot water may cause your bamboo sheets to shrink. Fortunately, cold water washes your sheets quicker than hot water would, meaning you get extra comfortable sheets quicker.
Once the washing machine has finished its cycle, you may notice that your sheets have a rough, maybe stiff, feel to it. DON’T PANIC, this is totally normal!
When the bamboo fabric dries, its lush, soft feeling returns. Speaking of drying, one of the best ways one can dry their sheets is by air drying them. Hang your sheets outside and let them dry naturally, this often causes for an even smoother, softer feel to them and requires little effort.
Whitening your Bamboo Sheets Without Bleach
Note: Avoid Bleach and fabric softeners. Bleach is full of harsh and toxic chemicals, it can weaken the rayon fibers (reducing the quality and life of your bedding/sheets) and fabric softeners can leave a film on the fabric (reducing moisture-wicking properties).
Also, fabric softeners are unneeded – bamboo bedding is already incredibly soft and, therefore, does not need it.
Soaking is a key factor in whitening your sheets. Washing your bedding isn’t a complex process, simply follow these simple steps accordingly to whiten your bedding:
Below are 4 Simple Steps to Wash Bamboo Sheets
- Step One: Add any oxygenated detergents (such as Oxyclean) to a basin of warm water. Note: Don’t make it too hot, only use the warmest water that your bedding /sheet producers suggest (often found at the bottom of the sheet packaging)
- Step Two: Soak said sheets for 1-2 hours. The longer it soaks, the whiter it gets.
- Step Three: When you have finished soaking, add your sheets/bed linen to the washing machine. Wash it on your regular cycle.
- Step Four: Once finished – place into the dryer. I would check to see if the stains are gone and if the bedding looks whiter first. If there is still a stain, repeat the process.
Removing Tough Stains from Bamboo Sheets
Stains can run deep. Some are hard to get out, others not so much. Either way, stains are a pain and different types of stains require different washing methods.
Note: Oxygenated detergents work well in removing stains. However, simple washing soda is a good alternative.
Taking Care of Sweat and Body Fluids
It’s not unusual to find patches of yellow on your bedding. These patches are often sweat and/or other body fluids. Answers to why you might be sweating in bed are the following: Emotional/sexual arousal, high environmental temperatures and digesting certain fatty, moist foods.
One way you can avoid getting sweaty sheets is by getting a Fluid/Stain/Odor – Resistant Bamboo Mattress topper. You can also apply the steps below on bamboo underwear or bamboo panties, which commonly come in contact with body fluids.
Tips to Remove Sweat Stains
To start off with, sweat isn’t yellow. However, it may turn yellow if it reacts with bacteria. These yellow stains are more apparent on pillows and can stain your bamboo pillow case. One simple solution to this is washing your bedding frequently so that bacteria can’t build up, thus rendering the sweat invisible.
To remove the stain, rub a detergent, like Oxyclean, into it until the detergent is fully absorbed. Next – wash it how you would normally, and the stain should be gone. If not, try repeating the process.
Help Removing Blood Stains
We all hate getting our bedding dirty. One of the most annoying stains to remove is blood. It can seem almost impossible to get out and, depending on how old the stain is, may set if it goes through the washing machine.
Not to worry, here is an explanation on how to remove blood stains: Firstly, flush your sheet in cold water – this prevents the stain from further setting, making it easier to get out. Next, simply soak your bamboo sheets in an enzyme cleaner and cool water for 15 minutes (the older the stain, the longer you should soak it).
Remember, do not use any hot water. If the stain isn’t going, try rubbing the stained sheet in on itself. This could take up to several hours depending on the age of the blood stain. To hurry things up a little, try to moisten the stain with a few drops of ammonia and three percent hydrogen peroxide.
Finally, after a couple of minutes, check for the stain – if it has gone, put it in the washing machine, if not, rinse it with cold water and repeat the process if needed.
How to Store Bamboo Sheets When Not in Use
Possibly more important than your detergents, storing your fabric/sheets in the perfect spot will do a world of good. Washing your sheets is very important of course, however, what happens when you wash them?
The bamboo sheets can either go back onto your bed or go into the cupboard. Yet, are your sheets safe? It truly depends on the following factors: temperature, moisture, sunlight, storage material, and space.
Avoid storing your sheets in plastic bags/containers – it might lead to the yellowing of sheets as a plastic bag traps moisture. Also, another thing to avoid is cardboard – it may cause acids to go into the fabric which could lead to unrepeatable damage to your sheets.
We recommend keeping your bamboo sheets in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may cause your sheets to go stiff, in some cases, no amount of cold water can fix this.
When to Consider Replacing Your Bamboo Sheets
Even the best of the best reaches the end of its life. You may be wondering when you should replace your bedding. Well, every six months you should replace your bamboo pillowcase(s). This is simply because pillowcases get covered in greasy hair, oily skin, and makeup almost every night.
Every 12-18 months we suggest that you replace your bedding/duvet – this is because your body oils are spread out among the bed sheets and duvet.
General Bedroom Care Tips to Follow
- Flip your mattress over every time you are putting on new sheets – this gives it a longer life span.
- Ironing your sheets before putting them in storage can help kill any remaining dust mites or/and germs that survived the washing machine.
- Putting your washing (sheets, bedding, clothes, etc) on the floor may attract flees, fluff, spiders, etc. Make sure to keep it high up in a cool, dry area away from sunlight.
- Use cool water to wash your bamboo sheets. Gentle/rinse cycle.
- Turn colored bamboo pillowcases inside-out to protect its color.
- Your sheets need plenty of room to wash well. Don’t cram your washing machine with sheets.
- You can put your sheets through a dryer, however, Mother Nature is best at drying your bedding. Put them on the line to dry and your sheets will be ready in very little time.
Most Common Questions About Washing Bamboo Sheets
Can you wash bed sheets with clothes/towels?
When it comes to bamboo sheets, no. For one, clothing with zippers and hooks can cause abrasion and pilling. Same applies for towels made of a rough fabric. Another reason you can’t wash your sheets with clothes is temperature – bamboo sheets should be washed in cool/cold water, unlike bamboo towels/most normal sheets. Regular clothes can be washed in cool water however hot water is recommended.
Washing clothes/towels (without zippers, hooks, etc) with sheets can sometimes cause a linty feel.
How often should I wash/change my sheets?
A minimum of every week is suggested during winter. This is because body fluids and/or makeup covers your bedding every night. That process -repeated- for seven days causes for stains on your sheets. During summer, every four to five days is recommended as (in high temperatures) more sweat is produced.
However, it is only a matter of how well you take care of your bamboo bedding. If you want your bedding to last as-long-as possible, you should first consider how much time you spend washing your sheets, how consistently you wash them and how you wash them. The more you wash and clean your bamboo sheets, the softer and lighter they get. So, taking good care of your sheets is worth a lot.
A good way to expand the life of your sheets is by having multiple available. Orientating between six or 7 sheets can save up to at least 2 years of having to order new bedding. While one is in use, the other six can be in the wash/waiting on the shelf. This not only saves time and money, but it also allows you to wash your sheets more frequently – making them softer and softer every wash!
Two Recommended Types of Bamboo bedding
Bamboo linen, otherwise recognized as natural bamboo/100% bamboo, is manufactured the same way as linen from flax or hemp is. The woody parts of the bamboo are crushed, natural enzymes are added to help break down the bamboo and turn it into a big heap of mush. The fibers are then picked out with machines. These fabrics are 100% environmentally friendly (as they do not involve any toxic chemicals being used) and are recommended for buyers.
Unlike bamboo linen, bamboo lyocell involves toxic chemicals. However, the chemicals used in the making of said lyocell are reused and kept out of the environment. This means lyocell doesn’t have any bad environmental effects so long as the toxic chemicals don’t escape.