Many of us are switching to bamboo bedding due to its luxurious feel and ability to keep us at the optimum body temperature as we sleep. It’s known for being hypoallergenic and for its moisture-wicking properties plus, as it is anti-microbial and resists odours it compares favourably with cotton or polyester/cotton alternatives. But how do you keep your new bamboo bedding looking as fresh and clean as the day you bought it? Read on for our top hacks on how to wash bamboo safely.
Always Read the Manufacturer’s Label
Most manufacturers will recommend that you wash your bamboo bedding in cold water, but it’s always advisable to read the washing care label before you launder your new bedding. Here you’ll find advice on how to wash and dry your sheets together with recommendations on what to avoid, for example, bleach and hot tumble driers!
Wash Your Bamboo Bedding Alone
Don’t be tempted to stick your bamboo sheets, bamboo blankets and bamboo pillow cases in the machine with your towels or jeans. Bedding is best washed alone so that you don’t overload the machine and ensure that the contents get a thorough rinse. Plus, you won’t have to worry about discolouration, snagging from zippers and hooks, pilling or tearing.
Keep it Cool
Due to bamboo’s anti-microbial properties, it’s possible and advisable to wash your bedding in cold or cool water. Not only is this method of washing better for the fabric, but it’s better for the environment and your wallet too.
Don’t Be Tempted to Use Extra Laundry Detergent
More detergent doesn’t necessarily mean extra cleaning power. Most of us use too much laundry detergent – in fact, you probably only need half of your usual dosage. It’s better for the environment and there’s less chance that detergent residue will be left on your sheets. When washing bamboo, always choose a delicate or eco-friendly laundry detergent as harsh chemicals may affect the natural properties of the fabric.
Never Use Commercial Brighteners or Bleach
Although bamboo sheets are available in many colours, white and cream are the most popular options. When cleaning your sheets, never add bleach or commercial brighteners to your wash as they may degrade the fabric and remove its wonderful natural properties.
Opt for Baking Soda Instead
If you feel your bedding could do with a boost, baking soda is a fantastic natural alternative to bleach and commercial brighteners. It’s a great option for softening, brightening and cleaning and is gentle enough to use on all your bamboo bedding. Just half a cup of baking soda added to your usual wash will restore your bedding to its best. Stains can be removed with white vinegar before you put the bedding in the wash.
Forget Fabric Softeners
Bamboo is so soft that it doesn’t need the help of artificial softeners. So, give the fabric softener a miss – the chemical residue it leaves behind may degrade bamboo’s natural properties and affect its breathability.
Line Dry Wherever Possible
If you have the space and weather to dry your sheets outdoors, it’s the best way to keep them soft and protect the integrity of the fabric. If you must use a tumble dryer, keep the heat as low as possible and avoid using dryer sheets.
To preserve the benefits that bamboo bedding brings, wash in cold water with a gentle detergent and dry outdoors wherever possible. Bamboo products are the most eco-friendly and purse-friendly option.