Complete Guide: How to Wash Bamboo Sheets

making bed with bamboo sheets

Bamboo sheets are rising in popularity because they’re eco-friendly and softer than cotton sheets.

However, the bamboo fabric needs to receive proper care, as they require a different and more gentle approach than other fabrics.

In this guide, we will dive into how to wash and take care of bamboo sheets.

How to Care for Your Bamboo Sheets

Taking care of your bamboo sheets extends their longevity and keeps the fabric soft.

Read on to learn more about washing, drying, storage, bamboo sheets in general, followed by replacing them and knowing more about bamboo bedding.

Washing

folded bamboo sheets

Washing your bamboo sheets requires following these instructions:

  • Use cold water when putting your sheets in the washing machine at a temperature setting of 30°C max. Do not use warm water. For the best preservation of the bamboo fabric, you can use the gentle cycle.
  • Wash your sheets separately, as lint can pile up next to towels or abrasion with zippers
  • A liquid, mild biodegradable laundry detergent would be best, or a dissolvable powder
  • Make sure to avoid bleach, as it is a harsh chemical that may ruin the sheets
  • You do not have to use a fabric softener because the sheets are already naturally soft

In the summer, wash your bamboo sheets every week. Stains can occur, which turn the sheets yellow due to grease, oils from the skin, and other bodily fluids. Depending on high temperatures, every four to five days may be necessary.

You may wash your bamboo sheets every one or two weeks in the winter, depending on the circumstances.  

Overall, washing bamboo sheets requires cold water and a delicate setting during a machine wash. Cleaning products such as bleach and fabric softeners are unnecessary, and they may ruin the bamboo fabric.   

Drying

bamboo sheets on clothes line

When it comes to bamboo bed sheets, mother nature is the best drying method. Air drying away from direct sunlight is necessary to keep the softness and color.

Using a dryer is an option, but with low heat and a low tumble dry setting. The tumble dry setting is important to prevent shrinkage.  Avoid wrinkles by taking them out of the dry immediately.

If wrinkles do occur, don’t worry, they will go away in a few hours.

Storing

clean bamboo sheets in linen closet

Many people use reusable bags made from recycled bamboo fabric to store their sheets.

Although, you can store your bamboo sheets is in a cool place, such as a closet.

Do not store this fabric in direct sunlight. Also, avoid placing them in plastic containers, as they trap moisture result in yellowing, ruining the fabric. Cardboard is also damaging for bamboo sheets, as it can transfer acid to the fabric.

In terms of folding sheets, especially fitted sheets, there is nothing to worry about on this front. If you are looking for a handy tip on how to fold a fitted sheet, Maria Kondo has an awesome guide.

When to Replace Bamboo Sheets

Unfortunately, the best products do not last forever, including bamboo sheets. Because of stains and frequent usage, bamboo sheets need replacing every couple of years.

Bamboo pillowcases need to be replaced every six months because of its contact with facial oils every night.

Bamboo quilts and sheets may require replacing at 12 to 18 months, depending on how the fabric feels and looks. It must be free of yellow stains and remain soft.

The best way to discard bamboo sheets after their time is up is to recycle them. Bamboo fabric is biodegradable, meaning it is safe to send them to landfills.

About Bamboo Bedding

Bed linen such as natural bamboo or 100% bamboo is the most recommended, as it’s the most eco-friendly.

The bamboo’s wooden parts are crushed, with natural enzymes added, breaking down the bamboo to a pulp. The fibres are sifted through a machine, creating a biodegradable, safe material for the planet, straight to your bed. We have a complete guide on bamboo sustainability. 

Bamboo can be utilised across the whole bedding range. At Ecoy we have mattress toppers, mattress protectors and even pillows. Bamboo is truly a versatile material and amazing alternative to cotton.

Tips to Remove Stains

Stains ruin bamboo material and turn the fabric yellow, shortening its lifecycle.

Some tips include:

  • Make sure to avoid bleach or any other harsh chemicals
  • A mild, eco-friendly pre-soak or stain remover may remove light stains
  • Baking soda removes more challenging spots
  • For stubborn areas, moisten with a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide and rub the sheets together

Ultimately, bamboo sheets stain removal requires patience and safe compounds, with lots of soaking!

Sweat Stains

Bamboo fabric may turn yellow as it reacts to bacteria when the sweat accumulates.

A simple solution is to rub a biodegradable detergent onto the spot, put it in the washing machine with cold water. If the stain remains, repeat the process.

To prevent yellow spots from sweat in the future, wash your bedding more frequently.

Blood Stains

Blood is one of those things that are tough to remove on your bedding.

To remove blood, flush the bedding with cold water to prevent it from further setting into the bamboo fibres.

Then, soak the bedding in an enzyme cleaner and cold water for 15 minutes. The older the spot, the longer it needs to soak.  

How to Whiten Your Bamboo Sheets

freshly made bed with bamboo sheets

To brighten your bamboo bedding after removing a stain or just for general upkeep, consider the following:

  • Use an oxygenated or environmentally-friendly detergent in a basin of slightly warm water.
  • Soak for 1 or 2 hours. If you want them are bright as possible, soak them longer.
  • After soaking, add bedding into a washing machine on a regular wash cycle.
  • Place in the dryer on the lowest heat setting. If the sheets are not bright enough for you, repeat the process.

Additional Tips on Bamboo Sheets

More advice on taking care of your bedding include:

  • Do not cram your sheets inside the washing machine, as they need room to wash well
  • Ironing the bedding before storing them may remove dust mites
  • Never put your bamboo bedding on the floor, as that may attract insects
  • Every time you put on new bedding, flip the mattress to increase the longevity of the material

Conclusion

With a little extra care around laundry time, your bamboo sheets will last for years.

Remember to wash bamboo sheets using an eco-friendly detergent in cold water on a gentle cycle. A fabric softener is unnecessary, as the sheets are already delicate. Air drying away from direct sunlight is also the best way to dry the sheets.

Make sure to avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach to preserve your sheet’s color, flexibility, and softness. Also, an environmentally-friendly pre-soak or stain remover will remove tough spots.

Overall, these steps may ensure your sheets remain soft clean on your bed for a comfortable sleep.

FAQ  

Let’s cover the most commonly asked questions regarding bamboo sheets.

Can You Put Bamboo Sheets in the Dryer?

Yes, on tumble dry with the lowest heat setting possible. However, it is best to air dry away from sunlight.

How Long Do Bamboo Sheets Last?

Depending on the bedding, bamboo sheets can last 6 to 18 months. For instance, bamboo pillowcases may need to be replaced every 6 to 8 months. Sheets and duvet covers may last 12 to 18 months. Luckily, these beddings are biodegradable and recyclable.

Can You Wash Bamboo Sheets With Other Clothes?

No, you can’t wash the sheets with other clothes because it can ruin the fabric. For instance, zippers may puncture the material, or towels may increase lint.


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