How to Wash Bedding Correctly

Looking for the best way to care for bedding? These helpful tips will help you learn how to wash bedding correctly.

The average person spends a third of their life sleeping, which means your bed is an important part of everyday life. Taking proper care of bedding can make a big difference. Afterall, there is nothing better than climbing into a clean bed after a long day. If you’re looking to keep your bedding smelling fresh, read these tips to learn how to wash bedding correctly.

Mattress Protectors

  • Wash in cold or lukewarm water on a gentle cycle. 
  • Use non-bleach, mild detergent without harsh chemicals.
  • Tumble dry on low heat or hang dry.


  • Mattress protectors should be washed once a month.

Sheets and Pillowcases

  • Sheets should be washed separately from clothes and towels.This allows the water to circulate so they clean better.
  • If you have an agitator, form each sheet into a ball before dropping it in. This reduces the chance of sheets getting caught and damaged in the agitator.
  • Pre-treat stains with a ¼ cup of lemon juice instead of bleach.
  • Use mild detergent.
  • Wash sheets on a gentle cycle with cool water.
  • To reduce wrinkles, shake out the sheets before placing them in the dryer.
  • Always use low heat or hang dry.


  • Wash sheets weekly or at least every 2 weeks.


Comforters can be more complicated to wash depending on their size and fabric. Always read the label before washing to avoid damage. Here are some additional tips to consider when washing comforters:

  • Make sure the comforter fits comfortably in the washing machine without being cramped. If it’s a tight fit, take it to a large commercial washer at a laundromat.
  • A front-loading washing machine is recommended.
  • Always wash separately from other items.
  • Most comforters can be washed at home or at a laundromat. However some will last longer if professionally dry-cleaned.
  • Use mild or natural detergents on a gentle cycle with an extra rinse.
  • Use tennis balls or wool dryer balls in the dryer to keep the comforter fluffy.


  • Wash every 1-2 months.

How to Add Lasting Freshness

  • To keep sheets smelling fresh, shower before going to bed to avoid carrying dirt and oils into bed.
  • The more air-flow in the bedroom, the fresher your bedding will be. If possible, open the window everyday to let air in. It’s also a good idea to keep the door open during the day to let out stale air. 
  • DIY dryer sheets can add the perfect scent you desire. Use a cotton cloth, get it wet then wring out the water and add 5 drops of essential oils. Put the cloth in the dryer during the last 10 minutes of drying.

With these essential tips, it’s now easier to add freshness to your room and wash bedding appropriately. If you need additional help cleaning areas in your home, give us a call today!