How often should you wash your bed sheets?


Keeping your bed sheets clean is not just about maintaining a crisp and inviting bed, but also about ensuring a healthy sleep environment.

We’ve created a detailed guide on how to effectively wash your sheets, including tips on treating stains, selecting the right wash cycle, and drying techniques.

Ideally, you should wash your sheets weekly, or at least every other week, to keep your bed clean and comfortable.

Before you wash, Treat any stains!

Before you toss your sheets into the washing machine, it’s essential to address any visible stains. Using a pre-wash stain remover that’s safe for the fabric type can make a big difference.

You can also read our guide on treating different types of stains.

Choosing the Right Wash Cycle and Settings

The key to washing bed sheets effectively is choosing the right wash cycle and water temperature. Always refer to the care tag on your sheets for the best results. Here’s how you can wash different types of sheets:

Cotton Sheets

Water Temperature: Warm or hot

Cycle: Normal/Regular

Cotton sheets are durable and can generally be washed in hot water. If illness strikes, consider using a sanitizing cycle, which on some models like Whirlpool® washers, can eliminate 99.9% of common bacteria.

Polyester Blend Sheets

Water Temperature: Warm

Cycle: Normal/Regular

Polyester blend sheets should be washed in warm water on a regular cycle for best maintenance.

Silk and Satin Sheets

Water Temperature: Cold

Cycle: Gentle/Delicate

These delicate fabrics require a mild detergent and should be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle to prevent damage.

Flannel Sheets

Water Temperature: Cold or warm

Cycle: Gentle/Delicate

For the first wash, use half a cup of distilled white vinegar instead of detergent to minimize pilling and color bleeding. Subsequent washes can be done with a gentle detergent.

Linen Sheets

Water Temperature: Cold or warm

Cycle: Normal/Regular

Linen is best washed in cooler water to preserve the fabric’s integrity.

Bamboo Sheets

Water Temperature: Cold

Cycle: Gentle/Delicate

Like silk and satin, bamboo sheets should be washed with care on a gentle cycle in cold water.

Drying Your Sheets

Most types of sheets can be safely tumble dried on low heat to avoid fabric damage. Adding rubber or wool dryer balls can promote more even drying and prevent clumping.

For delicate fabrics like silk or satin we recommend line drying. If outdoor drying isn’t an option, use a no-heat or air-dry setting in your dryer.


Regular washing is crucial for maintaining the freshness and longevity of your sheets. Ideally, you should wash your sheets weekly, or at least every other week, to keep your bed clean and comfortable.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your bedding remains a welcoming haven!

A local laundromat (like us!) can help you wash and dry your sheets faster with larger machines making washing your sheets a breeze.

Disclaimer: The advice provided in this blog post is meant for general informational purposes only. Always refer to the care instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific items.

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