Ten surprising facts about sheets and bedding that you should know

I just had to share these ten surprising facts about sheets and bedding with you because I was blown away by a few of them. Please leave me a comment and let me know if any of these sheet and bedding facts surprised you.

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#1 Sheets and bedding should not be washed in hot water! The hot water will cause the fabrics to wear out faster. Germs are killed by the laundry detergent, not by hot water. The best way to wash bedding is in a front loader washing machine using a fragrance-free mild detergent. Never pour the detergent directly on your textiles. One cup of white vinegar in the rinse water will remove all of the soap and leave the fabrics smelling fresh and clean.

#2 Sheets should be line dried. If you must use a dryer, only put them in for a short time and remove them while still slightly damp. Drying for too long can overheat the fabric, which in time will make it dull and brittle.

#3 You should make the bed with the sheets slightly damp. This trick will save you the trouble of having to iron your linens.

#4 Thread counts can be misleading. Thread count means the number of threads per inch. We have been taught that the higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the fabric. However, this is not always true. Thread counts have become a marketing ploy because manufacturers have found ways to inflate the thread count to make it appear better than it actually is, such as using two-ply threads. Anything with a thread count that is 1000 or above is probably significantly lower quality than sheets with a more reasonable number. Most fabrics with a thread count of over 600 are a sure sign of illusive marketing. Really what is important is the thread length, quality, and how the fabric feels. Look for Percale sheets with a thread count of 200-300, Sateen sheets with a thread count 300-600, or Linen sheets with a thread count of 80-120.

#5 Permanent press, wrinkle-free and easy-care is NOT a good thing! These fabrics have formaldehyde resin which is a poisonous chemical. Avoid these at all costs!

#6 Buy bedding and linens that are Oeko-Tex certified. This is the only certification that ensures that the textiles have no toxic chemicals.

Oeko-Tex label

#7 Pillow cases in silk or sateen have benefits. If your pillowcases are silk or sateen, you will not wake up with lines on your face.

#8 Linen sheets breathe better than cotton sheets. Linen sheets can help to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Especially helpful for those who sleep hot!!!

#9 There are big differences between fabric choices for sheets and duvets. It is important to know the characteristics of the fabric sheets are made of before purchasing. Below is a guide to help with your selection.

  • Certified Pima Cotton- Soft, very fine, and more durable than most sheets. Most people find certified Pima cotton sheets very comfortable. Sheets made from this fabric are good for all seasons.
  • Cotton Percale- Crisper look and cooler feel. Percale has a matte finish and is very light which makes it a great choice for summer.
  • Linen- The most breathable fabric. A great characteristic of linen is the more it is washed, the softer it gets. Sheets in this fabric cost more initially but are extremely durable and long-lasting.
  • Cotton Sateen– Smooth, thick, and opulent and has a sheen due. Soft and silky to the touch. Elegant in style.
  • Cotton-Poly Blends– Affordable, rough, and scratchy. Tend to be hot. Easy to care for.
  • Flannel- Soft and warm. Great for winter. Pills easily.

#10 Do not use fabric softeners on your sheets and bedding- Fabric softeners coat the fabric fibers to make them feel softer, not to actually become softer. The coating it leaves on the fabric will cause the fabric to wear faster.

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