100% cotton bed sheets can wrinkle.
However, there are a few easy things you can do to minimize these wrinkles during the laundering process.
To begin, we would like to point out that as bed sheets age, their fibers become more relaxed, and as a result, they are less prone to wrinkling than new ones.
Using the following tips will help to reduce wrinkles (read more below or watch our video).
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- When unmaking your bed, many of us untuck the flat sheet, then release the corners of the fitted sheet and roll them up along with the pillowcases. This is fine, but when you get them to the washing machine unfurl them before placing them in the washer.
- This has no impact on wrinkles, but consider filling the washing machine up about 1/3 to 1/2 way with water before you add your sheets. Also, add your detergent to the water before adding your bed sheets, you should avoid pouring your detergent directly on the sheets (especially if they are colored).
- Wash in a cold or medium water temperature setting on a gentle wash cycle.
- You may also want to use a mild detergent such as Dreft, Ivory, or better yet Leblanc Linen wash - sold here.
- Avoid detergents that contain brighteners. Brighteners are bleach derivatives which can damage the fibers in your linen.
- Avoid using bleach.
- Avoid fabric softeners.
- Don’t put too much detergent in the wash cycle as if it is not rinsed out, it will coat your sheets with a residue. This residue will begin to collect body oil and dead skin cells, making them look dingy.
- Adding ½ to a ¼ cup of Baking Soda will keep your white sheets brighter as well keep them smelling fresh.
- When washing them, only put one set of sheets in the washer. Overloading the washer will:
- Not get them as clean as you want.
- Contribute to your sheets getting twisted up.
- Add strain to the fabric potentially creating strain on the sheets which can detract from their life expectancy.
- After the wash and spin cycle, your bed sheets will likely be twisted up, so when you transfer them to the drier untwist them again.
- Remember, only one set of sheets in the dryer at a time, you want them to tumble freely.
- Load in the dryer and set to a medium temperature.
- Once the sheets are slightly damp to the touch take them out and hand press them on a flat surface, or put them right on the bed.
- Don’t over dry them, as exposing them to too much heat can damage the fiber and enhance wrinkles.
As a side note, we don’t recommend using dryer sheets.
Taking these steps will not only reduce wrinkle, but it will add life to your bed sheets.
Ironing is the best way to remove wrinkles, and it makes your sheets feel nicer.
However, we know most people don’t like to iron. If this is you, then check out this video, here, where we demonstrate how to get wrinkles out of your bed sheets without using an iron.
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