You've taken the time to shop for and select fine-quality natural and organic bedding, so you want it to look and feel beautiful for as long as possible. We've got tips to help you care for your linens in a way that's beneficial to you, your family, and the planet.
Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle - Cotton is a natural fiber; treat it gently, and you'll be rewarded with years of comfort. Using cold water will also save energy and dollars.
Use a natural, plant-based laundry detergent - There are lots of options on the market that are tough on stains but go easy on you and the environment. Look for concentrated or powdered detergents that include words such as nontoxic, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic on the label. Avoid things like phosphates, chlorine, phthalates, artificial dyes, and synthetic fragrances.
Try natural stain removers - When shopping for laundry products, aim for as few un-pronounceable ingredients as possible. Just like with detergents, there are natural options out there. Or take a DIY approach. Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and baking soda (and some quick internet research for a recipe) can all be effective.
Hands off the fabric softener - The coating imparted by synthetic fabric softeners and dryer sheets decreases the absorbency and breathability of your fabrics. Wool dryer balls are an excellent alternative. They're renewable, reusable (one set can last for up to 1,000 loads), shorten drying time, and won't diminish the absorbency of towels and cloth diapers. Your sheets will come out fluffy and static free. If you like a fresh scent to your linens, just add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls a little while before you toss them in the machine. Try a natural citrus or floral option.
Avoid chlorine bleach - Chlorine will break down cotton fibers and can eventually make colors dull. Look for non-chlorine options. It's also a great idea to periodically sun your bedding to keep it looking and smelling fresh.
Wash towels separately - Textured towels can be rough on smooth cotton fabrics, so it's best to wash and dry them on their own. You'll also avoid lint transfer to your sheets.
Don't overdry - Line dry followed by a brief session in the dryer for a little softening is the best approach. Avoid high heat, which can damage fibers over time. Overdrying also increases the potential for static cling and uses excess energy.
Go easy with the iron - Try ironing just the top third of the sheet visible on your turned-down bed.