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How to Wash Bamboo Sheets & Keep Them Super Soft

You’ve finally done it. You’ve taken the plunge and ordered yourself a set of luxurious, eco-friendly bamboo sheets. Congrats! But now what? You don’t know how to wash bamboo sheets without ruining them, do you?

Bamboo sheets are known for being soft, sturdy, and environmentally friendly. If you’re lucky enough to have a set of bamboo sheets, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them in good condition.

Because bamboo sheets are made from a natural material, they require a little bit of extra care when it comes to washing and drying. But with a little care, your sheets can last for years.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have no problem keeping your bamboo sheets looking and feeling amazing wash after wash.

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How to wash bamboo sheets

Bamboo sheets are not difficult to care for, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when washing them.

First, they are machine washable (halleluiah!), so no hand washing is necessary. Wash your bamboo bedding on a gentle cycle in the washing machine using cold water rather than hot water. Hot water can break down the fibers in the sheets and lead to shrinkage.

Now, when have new bamboo sheets, you may want a little bit of shrinkage in order to get that snug fit on your mattress. For your first wash, you should wash your sheets in warm water, but after the initial wash, you’ll want to avoid hot water so that your sheets don’t become misshapen.

You’ll also want to use a mild detergent when washing bamboo bed sheets. Harsh detergents can damage the fibers and lead to premature wear and tear. The harsh chemicals in these products can damage the bamboo fibres and make them less effective at wicking away moisture.

Stick with a gentle, eco-friendly laundry detergent to keep your sheets looking their best. But don’t overdo it on the detergent. A small amount is all you need since too much detergent can leave behind a residue that will make your sheets feel stiff and uncomfortable.

Fabric softeners are not friends of bamboo bedding. They will coat the the natural fibers and make them less breathable.

If your bedding has stubborn stains, such as sweat stains and body oil stains, you shouldn’t use your usual stain remover as this is likely too harsh for bamboo fibres. You should pre-soak in cool water and pretreat them with a gentle, enzyme-based stain remover before washing.

Finally, don’t wash bamboo sheets with any other items that could damage them. Avoid washing them with anything abrasive, like jeans or towels. These items can snag on the bamboo fibers and cause them to break. Best to put the sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover in a wash together with nothing else.

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How to dry bamboo sheets

Drying your bamboo bed sheets is best done outside on a line. But if you don’t have this option (if the weather or space doesn’t permit), then you can put in the tumble dryer on a low heat setting. In fact, I would choose the lowest heat setting possible. 

Just like hot water can damage the fibers in the sheets, so can a high setting in the dryer, so be sure to use a delicate setting. Dryer sheets aren’t necessary, just pop them in by themselves.

If you do choose to put them in the dryer, be sure to take them out while they’re still slightly damp. This will help prevent wrinkles and preserve the softness of the bamboo linen. Hang them on a line or clothes rack until they finish air-drying the rest of the way.

Speaking of wrinkles, if your sheets do come out wrinkled you can always give them a quick rub of the iron on a very low heat. But really, it’s not necessary. Once you put them on the bed, any wrinkles will fall out after a day or two.

How often should you wash bamboo sheets

There’s a fine line between not washing your sheets often enough and washing them too often. You want to make sure that any sweat and dirt is washed as necessary, but washing too often can shorten the lifespan of your bedding.

Generally, you should wash your bamboo sheets every one to two weeks. This will help keep them clean and fresh without putting any unnecessary wear and tear on the fabric.

Of course, if someone is sick or there’s an accident, you may need to wash more often. Pets in the bed? You’ll probably want to wash your sheets more frequently then too (or not let your pets sleep on your lux bamboo sheets!).

How to store your bamboo sheets

When you’re not using your bamboo sheets, it’s important to store them properly. This will help keep them free of dust, dirt and other allergens that could damage the fabric.

Ideally, you should store your bamboo sheets in a cool, dry place. A linen closet or chest is a great option. If you don’t have either of those, any clean, dry area will do. Just be sure to keep them away from damp areas like the laundry room or bathroom.

Don’t store in plastic wrapping as moisture is likely to get in, and you want to avoid using cardboard too as this will allow dust and oils to accumulate. Fabric storage bags are a great storage option for keeping bedding products fresh. 

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, be sure to fold your sheets neatly. This will help prevent wrinkles and keep them looking their best.

Should you wash bamboo sheets before using them?

It’s always a good idea to wash new bedding before using it, and this includes bamboo sheets. This will help remove any chemicals or pollutants that may be on the fabric from the manufacturing process.

Washing your bamboo sheets before you use them will also help soften them up. Most people find that bamboo gets softer with each wash, so this is a great way to start off on the right foot.

To wash your new bamboo sheets, simply follow the care instructions above. Wash on a gentle cycle with warm water (remember, just for the first wash) and hang to dry. Once they’re dry, they’ll be ready to use!

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Final words on how to wash bamboo sheets

Now that you know how to wash bamboo sheets like a pro, you can enjoy all the benefits of this amazing bedding without having to worry about ruining them in the laundry. If you follow these simple guidelines and provide the proper care, your bamboo sheets will stay soft and supple for years to come.

That’s it – you’re done! Now enjoy snuggling up in your clean bamboo sheets and revel in how amazing they feel against your skin. Just remember: while bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and luxurious, they do require some special care when it comes time to wash them. But by following these simple steps, you can keep your sheets looking and feeling great for years to come!

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