Take care of yourself – take care of your linens

Did you know that taking proper care of your linens is like taking care of yourself?

Just think about it.  We average 7 to 8 hours a night sleeping in our beds.  During that time our bodies are sloughing off old skin cells.  Our sheets are absorbing any oils or perfumes

400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton by Daniadown
400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton by Daniadown

we use during the day.  Plus those hot steamy, sweaty nights.  Our sheets take the majority of this nightly abuse.

How often should they be laundered without shorting their lifespan?  Unless you sweat on a regular basis, you can launder your sheets every 2 weeks.  Otherwise we suggest weekly.  Using a mild detergent.  Wash in warm water and dry on perma press setting.

Other items on the bed, such as mattress pads, pillows, blankets and comforters, can be laundered 2 to 3 times a year, or as the seasons change.  However, if you or someone else has been sick, everything needs to be washed.

Shopping tip:  purchase 2 sets of sheets for each bed that is used on a regular basis, that way you can change your sheets once a week, but only wash each set every 2 weeks.

The other type of linens we use on a daily basis, is our bath linens.  They are exposed to all

Growers Towels by CalCot
Growers Towels by CalCot

kinds of dirt, soaps, oils, and other products we use in our daily lives.  These should be washed every 3 to 4 days.  In between washings, they need to be hung up with plenty of air space to dry, otherwise they will become musty smelling.  If you have a matching bath mat (terry on both sides), make sure to wash those right along with the towels.  If your towels are being used during workouts, they should be laundered more often.

As for other linens in the bath, rugs if this is a heavily used bath, should be laundered every week, otherwise every couple of weeks will suffice.   If you have a Nylon or Polyester Shower Curtain or Window Curtains, we suggest laundering these once a month to eliminate mildew stains.

Shopping tip:  purchase 2 sets of towels for each bath that is used on a regular basis, plus extra towels for workout use – that way you can change your towels every 3 to 4 days, but only wash each set once a week.

Taking care of your linens is in some ways a good way to take care of yourself and your family.

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