Keeping Your Bedding Clean and Fresh

Maintaining clean bedding is essential for a good night’s sleep. The buildup of dead skin cells, oils, sweat, dirt, dust mites and other allergens can disrupt your sleeping patterns. They can affect your breathing, sinuses, and allergies, or simply make your bed feel less fresh and inviting. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, which is about 50 – 60 hours per week of buildup of these elements, and that’s just for one person! Are you a single or couple? Do you have kids that crawl into bed with you at night? Do you have one or more pets that share your bed? All of these factors should be taken into consideration when planning on how frequently to washing your bedding, and the best way to do so.

How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding?

The standard schedule to wash your sheets is once per week, but many people push that time to two or three weeks, sometimes even longer. This should be avoided as much as possible, since it can cause unnecessary sinus problems, germ buildup, and sleep discomfort. Most importantly, don’t forget the pillowcases! Since your face sleeps directly on your pillowcases, you want to consistently wash them at least once a week. They can be a direct source of skin breakouts and inhaling dust and bacteria.

Also, consider how many people and/or pets share your bed. You might feel more comfortable washing your bedding twice a week if you feel you produce excess sweat or your pets are tracking in extra dander and dirt. One thing you can do to lessen the effects from your pets is to give them their own sheet or blanket that is just for them. This way, you can simply throw that item in the laundry more often without washing your entire sheet set.

Other bedding items can have a different cleaning schedule. The average for washing a duvet cover is once a month, and washing comforters, blankets, and pillows only need to be washed a few times a year on average. Of course, take into account your own living situation, some people who are especially sensitive to dust mites and dander may want to wash these items more frequently.

The Best Way to Wash Bedding


The main fabrics used for bedding is cotton, linen, microfiber, or polyester. Generally, natural bedding such as cotton or linen will last longer than the polyester or microfiber sheets – these are known for pilling and loosing shape. Synthetic sheets will also cause you to sweat more – they retain moisture, since these materials don’t breathe. Either way, we recommend washing bedding in warm water with a gentle laundry detergent. Warm water is enough to get the sheets clean – hot water may shrink the fibers of the fabric. Don’t forget, they will also be going in the dryer – we suggest tumble dry low – so the extra heat will also kill any leftover germs.

Also, skip the conventional fabric softener – these harsh, unnecessary chemicals are known for leaving a chemical waxy coating on fabrics, preventing them from getting fully clean in the wash, and preventing natural fibers from being moisture wicking.

 Of course, always check the wash tag on your items – some fabrics may be more delicate or have a decorative print that needs extra care and a gentler wash cycle. And don’t forget – address any stains before it goes through the wash and dryer! Depending on the stain, a spot treatment of detergent may do, or color safe bleach if necessary. Always check the wash tag to see if items are bleach safe.

Help Your Bedding Last Longer!

While everyone wants their bedding to be clean and sanitary after they pull it out of the wash and dryer, we also want to help you preserve the lifespan of you bedding. Meaning, we don’t want them to wear out faster than they have to.

Avoid washing your bedding in hot water. In addition to the fabric shrinking, hot water can wear the fabric down, as well as break down the elastic on the fitted sheet, making it unusable. Similar to this, avoid drying bedding on the highest dryer setting, and be careful not to over dry them. We recommend tumble dry low heat.

Also, avoid washing your sheets with rougher fabrics, such as towels or denim clothing. The tougher fibers will rub against the finer fabrics of the sheets and wear down them down much faster. It is best to give bedding their own load of laundry and to not overcrowd to machine. This will help the soap distribute evenly and rinse effectively.

Palmpring’s Choice of Bedding!

We at Palmpring Organic Mattress are passionate about our organic mattresses, and the perfect complement would be our cotton bedding! Stop by our Pasadena showroom to see all of our organic cotton bedding and mattress protectors, and check out our website for our virgin wool and cotton comforter and mattress pad, our goose and cotton comforter and blanket, and our various pillow options!

We are always happy to assist customers with all of their bedding purchases, from mattresses to pillows to bedding, we hope to make your bedroom the best place for a refreshing night’s sleep.