Keep your beloved pearly white sheets and bedding looking pristine with these 10 helpful tips!
1. No eating in bed! There’s no doubt your mother told you this time and time again growing up, but we’ll tell you again. You’re just asking for stains to happen!
2. Be sure to remove all make up from your face and neck before bed—this (should) go without saying, as it’s better for your skin, but it’s also better for your sheets! Skincare and make up products can stick to your bedding, resulting in an unsightly yellow hue.
3. If stains do happen (we know it’s hard to say no to breakfast in bed) be sure to treat the stain right away. The longer it sits, the more likely it is to set. Wet a sponge with warm water and a little dish detergent and gently blot the stain. Stain sprays also work wonders. Be sure to spray directly onto the stain and rub in the liquid with your fingers until most of the stain is lifted. If you can’t throw the item right into the wash, follow up by blotting the area with a cool, damp cloth to pick up any residual marks.
4. Step Away from the Bleach. Believe it or not, bleach can actually cause fabrics to yellow over time instead of whiten them. In lieu of bleach, reach for these common household items instead: Lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar!
5. The Lemon Juice Method: Simply add ¼ cup of lemon juice to your load of whites right along with your detergent. The powerful citric acid will work on those tough stains during the wash cycle.
6. Using Baking Soda & Vinegar: These everyday items are both natural whiteners. Try adding half a cup of baking soda to your load along with your regular detergent. Then just before the rinse cycle, add half a cup of white vinegar to the load. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will rinse away. We promise your sheets won’t come out smelling like pickles.
PRO TIP: For even more brightening power, presoak your white bedding in a bathtub or large sink filled with warm water and ½ cup of vinegar. Let your whites soak in this mixture for up to an hour, then wash as normal.
7. Be sure to launder your linens regularly. When we sleep, an inevitable build-up of oils, dead skin, dirt and sweat occurs (gross but true). So, it’s important to wash them at least once every other week. Once a week is ideal if your schedule allows!
8. Separate Your Whites! Again, we know your mother must have told you this at some point, but we’ll kindly remind you: Take the time to separate your colors when doing laundry! It’s just common sense that washing your favorite white duvet with a red sweater will most likely result in pink bedding. #Fail
9. Try a Laundry Booster every couple of loads for an extra kick of whitening power. We recommend tried and true OxiClean or Borax.
10. Use a Mild Drying Method. Line drying is best, although we realize that’s not always the most realistic choice, especially if you’re experiencing the blustery, snowy winter that we are right now. Tumble drying linens on low is the second best option until the sunny spring and summer months of line drying outdoors becomes possible. Keeping your linens out of the dryer will keep whites from looking dingy and preserve the life of your linens overall.