Follow a few simple rules and your sheets will last a lot longer:
- Wash sheets if possible in front loading washing machine, top loaders are generally a lot rougher on cloth
- Keep three sheet sets for each bed. Rotate them weekly. Letting them rest between uses helps them last years, rather than months, and they will feel nicer
- Use only cold or warm water to wash sheets. Hot temperatures weaken fibers and shorten life.
- Use mild detergents
- Dilute the detergent before putting sheets in the washer. Undiluted detergents dumped into machine can discolor fabric.
- Use approximately half the washing machine manufacturer's recommended amount of detergent. If it isn't completely rinsed out, sheets will feel stiff
and even cause skin rashes
- Add one cup of white vinegar to the rinse water to remove all traces of detergent.
- Avoid bleaches and brighteners, they weaken and discolor fibers. Fabric softeners are mostly wax and scent.
- To brighten whites, add 1/4 cup lemon juice at the beginning of the wash cycle.
- Line dry if possible, if not dry on low a setting, high settings weakens fibers and destroys the finish.
- Store in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight.
- Be sure sheets are dry before putting them away.