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WASHING BED LINENS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Jacob Wibom Westerberg

Jacob Wibom Westerberg

Jacob is a co-founder of JUNIPER. He is strategy consultant with a Nordic consultancy firm where he works with strategy development and transactions, primarily within consumer products and consumer internet. He is also weirdly passionate about washing bed linens.

We spend about one-third of our lives in bed, hence it is important to regularly wash your bed linens so they stay fresh. Here we outline exactly how to go about washing your bed linens in the best way possible so you can take on this shore with pride and hopefully have some fun in the process.

WASH EVERY TWO WEEKS

If everyone in the family is healthy you should wash your bed linens every two weeks. If someone in the family is sick, every other day can be a good idea, to avoid spreading infectious diseases.

What about pillows and duvets? You definitely don’t need to wash them as often but once every 3-6 months is still advisable. And be careful in following the wash instructions, some larger duvets might need to go to the dry cleaner.

KNOW THE MATERIAL

Bed linens may be produced from many different materials so always check the label before going about your washing business. The most common is cotton followed by linen.

WASH SEPARATELY FROM OTHER LAUNDRY AND ENSURE THERE IS SPACE IN THE WASHING MACHINE

Always wash separately to avoid that other clothes or textiles create friction against your bed linens (especially towels) but also to ensure there is enough space in the washing machine. This last point is really important and sometimes you are better off dividing your bed linens over two wash cycles instead of doing them all in one.

BUY QUALITY DETERGENT

It’s tempting reaching for the private label detergents when in the supermarket but there is a marked difference between quality detergent and non-quality detergent. Go with the big brands and you will be fine. A little tip here might be to always use a particular detergent for your bed linens to have the same smell when you go to bed. This helps put your mind in the right place when about to sleep.

WASH AT A TEMPERATURE OF 40-60 DEGREES CELSIUS

Even though principally all bed linens are prepared for being washed in 60 degrees, 40 degrees is enough with today’s highly efficient detergents. It is an urban myth that you need to wash bed linens at 90 degrees for them to get really clean.

WASH AT CENTRIFUGE 1200 RPM

Using a relatively high RPM for your centrifuge will make your bed linens come out dryer from the machine. If your RPM is at 1600 your bed linens will wear out a little bit faster but if you buy quality bed linens this should be fine as well.

REMOVE FROM WASHING MACHINE RIGHT AT THE BUZZER

Try to ensure that you remove the bed linens from the washing machine as soon as possible after it stops. That way you will eliminate the risk of any fungus developing or bad smells.

FOLD UP NEATLY AND HANG TO DRY IN THE SUN OR MANGLE

Folding up your bed linens neatly is key in avoiding wrinkles. That way they will stretch out while drying up. And if possible the sun is a really good way to dry your bed linens. This will further help eliminate any bacteria that might still be left after washing them. If you prefer to mangle your sheets do so while they are still a little moist for the best result. 

TUMBLE DRY ONLY IF YOU MUST

Tumble drying is principally fine but will yield a lot of wrinkles. If you want your bed linens to have that really soft feeling you should buy bed linens of super high quality with a satin weave and then use a fabric softener. If that’s not enough, tumble drying is the next step but the vast majority of people are happy at this point.

 

If this guide did not give you the information you were looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out at care@juniperofsweden.com or consult a professional dry cleaner. We warmly recommend www.washaway.se for people in the Stockholm-city area and if you live in this area you will get the first wash for free if you buy The Bed Set.

Written by

Jacob Wibom Westerberg

Jacob Wibom Westerberg

Jacob is a co-founder of JUNIPER. He is strategy consultant with a Nordic consultancy firm where he works with strategy development and transactions, primarily within consumer products and consumer internet. He is also weirdly passionate about washing bed linens.

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