Washing machine temperature for bed sheets

The Perfect Washing Machine Temperature For Bed Sheets

On average, we spend around 8 hours in our bed every day. While sleeping and spending so much time in bed, our body produces body oils and sweat and gets rid of dead skin cells. Cleaning and bed sheet maintenance is of big importance here, and that is why I will show you an ideal washing machine temperature for bed sheets, and share some tips on how to maintain them properly.

In simple words, the best washing machine temperature for bed sheets is 40 degrees, which is considered as a mild-warm washing temperature. If you want to kill germs, dust mites, bacteria and make your sheets extra safe, feel free to ramp up the temperature up to 60 degrees.

Depending on the material and the overall quality of the bed sheet, using temperatures higher than 60 degrees potentially can damage the fabric, causing color fading, tears and small holes.

When we talk about bed sheet hygiene, regular maintenance is essential for keeping your sheets in order, but also your health. Unmaintained beddings cause an opportunity for dust mite allergy, but also for critters like bed bugs. To avoid allergies and other health-related problems, I highly suggest paying extra attention to sheets and beddings in general which are being used in your home.

RELATED: Dust Mite Resistant Sheets.

How Often To Wash Bed Sheets?

The sweet spot I found for keeping the bedsheets always clean and fresh is once per week. Having a dedicated day just for sheet maintenance is a great way to keep yourself organized and always have a clean pair at your disposal. The last thing you want to happen is having a bunch of beddings stuffed inside a washing machine, and none available for use right now. The organization is key for cleaning and maintenance!

For people who have trouble with allergies, consider maintaining your sheets even two times per week. Most likely, if your symptoms still remain the same, the problem is not related to sheets if they are properly maintained, so consider paying attention to other parts of your bedroom.

Sometimes, you might hear that if a bed sheet does not have any visible stains or if it does not smell funny, then you should not bother washing it. This statement is completely false, and even if the sheet seems perfectly fine after a week or two weeks of use, we should not neglect it since our body produces large quantities of sweat, body oils, and dead skin cells every night, especially in warm seasons. Read more about it in my full guide on washing bed sheets.

Bed sheets on a bed

Washing Machine Temperature For Bed Sheets

The perfect formula for washing bed sheets is 40 degrees, once per week. As you already know, the most common material used for bed sheets is cotton. This material is great because of many reasons; mostly because it is soft, comfortable and easy to wash. Or is it really easy to wash and maintain it?

Cotton can shrink, and the fabric can be damaged if you are using heavy-duty, hot washing temperature programs for maintaining this type of sheet. To properly wash cotton sheets, the best to do it is to use temperatures that are not higher than 60 degrees. Use 40-degree washing temperature for regular cleaning and maintenance, and 60-degree washing temperature when performing complete maintenance and get rid of germs and dust mites.

Some sheets allow the use of heavy-duty cleaning, but this all depends on the material and the manufacturer. Be sure to check the care label on your sheets before using high-temperature cleaning programs.

The hot-cycle program can be especially beneficial during cold seasons when there is a lot of bacteria and viruses roaming around. Using this washing program is also useful for people with allergies since high temperatures will remove any heavy stains, dust mites, germs and bed bugs.

In general, washing programs that involve high temperatures usually do not cause problems with white or light-colored sheets, but if you are using dark or vibrant colored sheets, a high water temperature can disrupt the consistency of the coloring, causing it to fade. Pay extra attention to this, and read the care label which will explain how to properly maintain your colored sheet.

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Tips On Loading The Washer

Using a washer is a great way to get clothing, beddings and other fabrics cleaned very fast. It is not complicated to use a washing machine, but there are a few common mistakes that people tend to do when it comes to bedsheet maintenance.

1. Mixing Clothing and Sheets

Mixing clothing with sheets in the washing machine is not something I would recommend when you plan on washing your bedsheets. For the sheets to get thoroughly clean, they should not mix with your shirts and pants, especially if you are washing white or light-colored sheets. Clothing might release color during the washing cycle, potentially ruining the color and the consistency of your sheet.

Always separate your colored and light-colored beddings one from another, and do not wash them together. The same principle applies to clothes, towels, etc.

2. Washing Machine Jamming

Do not jam your washing machine with a bunch of sheets inside, or wrap all of them inside a big ball of fabric and just throwing it inside the machine. It might sound convenient, but it simply isn’t.

Bed sheets require room and space to get properly cleaned and maintained. Wash only a couple at a time, and spread them as much as possible inside the machine. This will ensure that the sheets will get washed thoroughly, and also reduce wrinkling after the washing cycle is finished.

Be sure not to wrap the sheets around the agitator, since it will cause wrinkling and damage to the fabric.

3. Using The Right Amount Of Detergent

I do not recommend using large quantities of detergents, especially if you are using a powder-based detergent. To play it safe and keep your sheets in order, use recommended settings provided by the manufacturer of the detergent. This applies to liquid and powder-based detergents. Using too much detergent can cause discoloring and odd-looking circles on the surface of the sheet, which is not easy to get rid of.

Detergent pods are usually placed inside the washer drum, but keep in mind that some manufacturers might require it to be placed inside the washing machine dispenser. Always read the instructions before use to avoid unexpected issues.

I highly recommend reading this article which explains the difference between a liquid and a powder detergent, and which one performs better.

White bed next to beddings storage

Proper Way Of Drying and Storing Bed Sheets

When it comes to drying the bedsheets, the best way to dry them is to leave the sheets a bit damp and not overdrying them, especially if you are using a dryer. If the sheet is overdried, it will cause the fabric to shrink, wrinkle, but it will also weaken the durability of the fabric, reducing the strength of the fibers. This is something that often happens if you overdry cotton sheets.

To avoid issues with drying and wrinkling, use a low-temperature drying program, and when the sheets are still a bit damp, spread them on a flat surface and let them dry on open air. To avoid wrinkling, you can also flatten out the surface with your hands while the fabric is still partially wet. Surprisingly, this is one of the best ways to get rid of wrinkles.

RELATED: How To Keep Duvet Cover From Wrinkling?

For bedsheets, drying on open-air is a much better solution compared to a drying machine if you ask me. Yes, it will take longer for the sheets to get dry, but they will be more soft, comfortable, stay fresh for much longer and there will be no problems with wrinkling.

Storing your sheets and beddings is equally important as cleaning and drying them. They should be stored in a cool, dry place. If there is moisture in your storage unit, this might cause various problems related to mold, dust mites, and will cause your sheets to smell odd. To avoid allergic reactions and other health-related issues, be sure to store your beddings in a proper storage unit.

A good practice is to always have a couple of pairs of sheets in storage, just in case if something drops on the sheet and leaves a stain. Especially if you like eating in bed.

Final Verdict

Now when you have learned what temperature to use when washing bed sheets, there is nothing that can stop you in making your sheets fresh and completely sanitized. Making a schedule and having a dedicated day for organizing your sheets is a great way to go, and not worry about maintaining your sheets. Doing it once per week is the sweet spot I would recommend for everyone when it comes to washing bed sheets.

Using a 40-degree or 60-degree washing program is what will make your beddings smell great, make them soft and kill any concealed germs or bacteria that are hidden inside the fabric.

Avoid common mistakes when loading the washer, like stuffing and cramping it too much, or mixing the sheets with your clothing. The best way to wash sheets using a washing machine is to give them space and keep the washing machine drum half empty.

We also mentioned how overdrying the sheets can potentially damage the fabric, causing wrinkling and shrinkage. Storing the sheets is also important, and to keep the storage space cool and dry. Spaces that have high concentrations of moisture can cause various problems related to allergies and respiratory system.

Let me know in the comment section down below what you think about washing bed sheets and feel free to ask any questions.

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