Most experts recommend cleaning bed sheets an average of once a week. This wash schedule is generally recommended to help keep your sheets free from build-up such as body oils, skin cells and pollen. Sheets should be washed on the hottest water setting your fabric will tolerate - be sure to check the laundering directions on your sheets before washing.


While cleaning bed sheets on a weekly schedule is recommended, it can also pose a bit of a challenge to your laundry routine. If you’re not able to wash one set of sheets weekly, consider investing in one or two more sets that you can rotate on a weekly basis. Keep your clean sets of sheets stored in a cool, dry place so they’re ready for immediate use.


Why is cleaning sheets important?


How should I clean my bed sheets if they’re made from something other than cotton?

Cotton sheets are a popular choice, thanks to their durability and breathability. However, some people prefer sheets made from a variety of materials, including silk, satin and polyester. Before establishing a cleaning schedule for these types of sheets, read the fabric care instructions to see what type of cycle and water temperature should be used for their care.
  • How often should you clean satin sheets? Satin sheets can be cleaned once every two weeks, though extra care should be taken. Wash your satin sheets in cold water on a delicate cycle, then either line dry them or place them on a low cycle in your dryer.

  • How often should you wash your polyester sheets? Polyester sheets should be washed every two weeks. Like flannel, polyester sheets should be washed in warm water, rather than hot.

Should you wash new bed sheets?


Before putting new sheets on your bed, it’s always a good idea to wash them first. Prior to being packaged, new sheets are often treated with a starch that helps them look crisp in their packaging. However, this starch can be irritating to the skin. Washing sheets prior to use removes it.


What type of detergent should I use for cleaning bed sheets?



The answer to this question depends on the type of sheets you own, as well as your washing machine. Some fabrics, such as satin, need a detergent that is specially formulated for delicate items. Before washing your sheets, check the fabric care label to determine what type of detergent is best.


When it comes to cleaning, both the type of detergent and the amount you use is important. High efficiency, or HE, washing machines use specially formulated detergent that cleans clothes without creating too many suds. HE detergents can also be ultra-concentrated, which means you don’t need to use as much to achieve the same results. To prevent detergent overdosing, consider using detergents that are easy to measure. Swash® detergent features packaging that makes it easy to dispense the right amount of detergent every time. Simply use one squeeze for a medium or regular load, or two squeezes for a large load.



How often should I wash my other bedding, like pillows and blankets?


No matter what type of bedding you’re washing, it’s important to use the right detergent for the job. Swash® detergent is designed for both regular and HE washers and comes with a convenient Precision Pour Cap that makes measuring easy so you get the right amount of detergent for every wash. Available in Pure Linen and our Free and Clear unscented version, Swash® can help you achieve great results with every load. Explore Swash® detergent and find the right version for your laundry room today.