I wrote a blog post back in 2013 about the right way to launder your Slumber Cloud bedding. I thought it may be a good idea to talk about it again for my new readers.
First, I personally ALWAYS wash my new clothes before wearing them and I do the same for my bedding. It’s a personal preference thing but I did just read a report in the Wall Street Journal about why you should too (especially new clothing).
I digress, so back to the discussion at hand: Cleaning your Slumber Cloud bedding regularly. This is essential for both health and happiness. Failing to regularly clean bedding can damage the fibers in the material and cause bacteria to accumulate. But how do you wash all the component parts of your bed without causing damage? Read on to find out about the best way to clean bedding.
Clean bedding: How to Keep Your Sheets Fresh
How often you need to wash your sheets depends on your sleeping habits. You will want to wash your Slumber Cloud sheets more often if you perspire in your sleep, if you sleep naked, if you share a bed with a partner, or if it’s the summertime and you don’t have air conditioning. Once a week is ideal, but every two weeks works too.
Sheets absorb sweat and the skin cells you shed in your sleep, so having clean bedding is essential for your hygiene. On a mental and spiritual level, having clean sheets makes your bed a more inviting space, which can help turn your bed into the sanctuary you need it to be for a good night’s rest. Wash sheets in warm water and add a dash of baking soda to deal with any stains or discoloration. Another way to extend the life of your bedding is to have two or three sets of sheets that you rotate weekly.
Finally, dry your sheets in the sun, on the clothesline, because the sun is a wonderful natural dryer. It can kill bacteria, brighten your sheets and give your sheets a fresh smell all at once.
How to Clean Pillows and Pillow Covers
You should wash Slumber Cloud Pillow Covers weekly along with your sheets. Avoid going to bed with makeup or oily facial products on your skin, because these can rub off and stain the pillowcase. If your pillow cover does develop discoloration, add ¼ cup lemon juice, baking soda or white vinegar to the wash cycle in order to remove the stains.
You should also consider washing your actual pillows every few months*, because they can absorb skin cells, sweat and other fluids just like pillow covers and sheets. You can wash pillows on the delicate cycle of your front-load washer and air or machine dry. If you don’t have a front load washer, pillows can be washed by hand or dry-cleaned.
Be sure to use a gentle detergent and hot water in order to kill the dust mites that might be living in your favorite pillow! *Down pillows should be hung out to dry in the sun for best results and to help avoid any mildewy smells from the feathers.
When You Clean Bedding, Remember to Wash Mattress Pads and Duvets
Just as pillows absorb skin cells through pillowcases, your mattress pad also absorbs odors and perspiration from your body, so it makes sense to clean it every so often also.
Wash your Nacreous or Cirriform Mattress Pads in warm water with other linens, and avoid bleach at all costs. Tumble dry on low or medium heat to protect your mattress pad’s lining and to help extend the life of your investment. All Slumber Cloud duvets and blankets are machine washable too, making it easy to keep these products clean.
Follow the same principle for duvets and blankets as you would for sheets – wash in warm, not hot, water, and avoid bleach. Aim to wash blankets and duvets (comforters) once per month.
As you can see, getting clean bedding is easy, as long as it is done regularly and with care. Keeping your Slumber Cloud sheets, blankets, pillows and mattress pads clean and fresh will lead to a happier, healthier slumber experience.
Sleep well and clean,