How To Wash Bed Sheets And Linens – 7 Tips

How To Wash Bed Sheets And Linens- Get Tips To Save Time And Money

Wash Bed Sheets And Linens

Wash Bed Sheets. Washing bed sheets concerns all of us in the household. No matter if you live in a house or in an appartment. Most of us have, and sleep in, a bed with bed sheets and a pillow. A clean set of bed sheets affects your sleeping well feeling. And also your health if you have not clean bed sheets.

In our home the handling and washing of bed sheets is a constant process during the week or the month. At all times, we are in the process of shifting, cleaning or drying our bed sheets.

Clean- and cleaning of bed sheets – is therefore a very important part of your daily or weekly cleaning plan. And in some homes also an integrated part of your clothes washing.

In this blog post you will get 7 tips on how to handle the washing of your bed sheets. Thereby saving time and money.

1.Decide how often to wash your bed sheets

The frequency is really important to take into consideration. And this differs a LOT from family to family. And, like by us, it depends on how busy you are.

In busy times an interval of 2 weeks can appear in our family, or we simply have forgotten it. But this is simple not often enough.

There are many reasons for not having washed your bed sheets:

-Simply forgotten it

-No time for it

-Not sure on needed frequency

-Does not seem dirty

-Who does what in the family

However, in our family, as we know it is very important to have clean bed sheets, we aim to wash our sheets, blankets and pillows once a week. Not always possible, but we aim for this in our family, as we are all feeling well with clean bed sheets.

2. Decide how many sets of bed sheets you need

In reality you only need one set of bed sheets. However, only if you have time to wash and shift the bed sheets the same day. Else it can be stressing because you need another set when you are washing them and cannot get finished.

Therefore you can have more flexibility by having at least two sets of bed sheets. Then you can wash whenever you want, and have a back up set all the time.

In our home we have more than two sets. A lot more in fact. Not because we need more, but some are gifts, and others bought as good offers.

And we like the different colours, smell and qualities.

3.Decide when to wash

In our home we most often wash the bed sheets separately. Meaning we are not mixing it up with other clothes.

As it can be a time consuming task to shift the bed sheets, you have to find the right time of the day or week.

We normally do this in the weekend, as we have more time here. We can start in the morning and finalise in the evening.

4.Decide which soap to use

Using the right soap is vital for your washing quality and result.

Some soaps are made as powder, others as fluid.

Some are with parfums for the good smell, but this is not always allergy friendly.

There can be many reasons to choose the different soaps , so decide what is best for you.

5.Decide if you need to do folding and ironing

As bed sheets are normally pretty large, it can be a huge task to do the normal folding and ironing on the ironing board.

In our home we normally always do the ironing. Traditional on the ironing board. Not because it is necessarily needed, but it is a very nice feeling to sleep in fresh ironed bed sheets. Fantastic feeling and smell.

Fold it layer by layer then it is easier to iron.

That said, it takes time ironing the bed sheets. Because of the size, you need to fold the bed sheets several times and iron on both sides.

However, it is also fully allowed not to iron your bed sheets at all. It is in your private sleeping room, and thereby not no visible for others than your self. But no doubt, it feels better when bed sheets are correct folded and ironed.

6.Where to hang up and dry your bed sheets

Hanging up bed sheets to dry can also be challenging. First of all because of the size of the bed sheets. If you have a garden or a separate room in your home it is optimal. But you can also dry them in a dryer.

In our home we do both.

7.Washing your bed sheets in the washing machine

When washing bed sheets using your washing machine you should take below tips into consideration:

Temperature

Secure you wash with the right temperature. This differs by the material of your bed sheets. Remember there can be some recommented  minimum temperatures. We normally wash our bed sheets by use of the 60 degrees program.

How much fill

Secure you do not over fill your washing machine. By over filling you cannot wash effectively and your bed sheets will not be clean.

Speed

We normally use speed 1300 by centrifuging the bed sheets.

Prepare for drying

Normally we expect that bed sheets are ready for drying right after the washing. However, that is not always the case. The humidity of your bed sheets after wash you need to take into consideration.

The humidity affects how intensive you can dry after the washing. Higher humidity means longer drying time. However, there can be many reasons for a long drying time with high humidity for different qualities and types of bed sheets.

1October2019. By Jasper Wilhelm.

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How To Wash Clothes With A Washing Machine

13 tips for best use of a washing machine in your home

Best washing machine.

By Jasper Wilhelm, 1July2019

Best use of your washing machine. In our home, the washing of clothes takes a lot of time and attention. Washing of clothes is relevant for all of us and in all families. In fact we are all in different ways involved in the washing of clothes during the week. The need differs quite a lot depending which situation you are in.

When children are small, the needs for washing of clothes are for many families overwhelming, stressing and very often leading to discussions.

In families with bigger children, the need for washing of clothes is also high, especially if they are doing sports often. In our family, washing of sports clothes has been a huge task for many years.

By following some simple tips, you can have a great plan for washing of your clothes in your family, thereby saving time and without getting stressed.

1. Organise daily processes

It is very important to have a systematic process, whatever you like it or not. Most of us do not like it as it is very time consuming and boring.

However, this makes it even more important to have the washing of clothes integrated in your daily processes.

2. Sort by materials

During the week you can do a kind of sorting depending of the material of your clothes (silk, wool, polyester etc).

3. Sort by colors

Same as for materials, it is very practical to sort by colors, as you must separate your washes in materials and by color.

4. Sort by type of clothes

It is also very practical to sort by type of your clothes. I.e. it is easy to wash more shirts in same wash, more trousers in same wash and also undewear in a separate wash.

5. Frequency of washing

Next big issue is to plan how often to wash. In our home we wash pretty much every day. There is always something that can be washed. However, we follow the above sorting practices, and this makes it very easy for us to wash day by day.

6. Time to wash

Make a plan for when you are washing.  Many washing machines can be programmed for when to run (but not all).

For many families it makes sense to program the washing machine to run during the night. Then you are home when it operates, and can empty the washing machine right after, eventually in the morning before your working day starts.

For others, it is part of the tasks in the day or evening .

7. Connection with a dryer

When clothes have been washed, they must be dried. If you have a dryer, it is important, that the washing machine and the dryer are close to each other. It can above- and under each other, or side by side. By doing this you have an integrated process. And if you do not want to do this manually and spend a lot of time here hanging up your clothes (indoor or outdoor), then this solution is optimal.

If you want to know more about using a dryer, you can read about this in  my other blogpost here.

8. Right soap with best washing machine

There are so many kind of soaps on the market today, some better than others. Some are with- or without parfumes, and some are more or less allergy friendly. Choose what fits you the best, and be critical.

9. Keep your washer clean

Not only your clothes must be washed and clean. The washing machine itself must also be clean. Else you will get the feeling that your clothes are not clean, and at a time you will need more maintenance of your washing machine.

Also remember not to close the soap drawer in the washing machine when it is not in use – this is important to avoid mold.

10. Manage centrifugation

When clothes are washed in the washing machine, and before the program ends, it is normal to run the centrifugation program. This takes the wet water out of your clothes and makes it easier to dry afterwards.

11. Collecting clothes

It is very practical to collect your clothes in a basket. We have one in the washing room as well as in the bath room on the first floor.

12. Reducing stress with best washing machine

Remember, that having a plan to follow when washing your clothes – and eventually split the tasks in your family so you do not need to do all work by your self – might reduce your stress significantly.

In our family we have split the washing task, so the one fills (and empties) the baskets and puts the clothes in the washing machine. While the other empties the washing machine and sorts the clothes afterwards. Because this is two different processes.

13. Best washing machine – usefull tips before you buy

When you want to buy a washing machine, and want to save time and money before you buy, below usefull tips are helpfull:

  • In general, there is a corellation between price and quality – however, some of the machines in the middle segent can be problematic and require maintenance even if they are not so old
  • The are big difference in the energy consumption of the washing machines
  •  Some washing machines make a lot of noice – this is important if the washing machine is not placed in a separate room
  • You can get washing machines in different sizes depending of your situation
  • The cleaning performance in fact also differs a lot. This sounds unlogical, but not all machines are cleaning well
  • Another important parameter is how much you need to fill the machine – is it possible to wash only half full ? Not always
  • The running costs of the washing machine is important. The sum of the price, quality (and need for maintenance), energy consumption and needed soap types are key here
  • The porthole also differs a lot. I prefer a big porthole, then I have better overview
  • The displays are also very different. Some have no display at all, while others have big and complicated displays – decide what you need
  • The speed of running is also a factor
  • Time time programming is a big advantage and possible in many modern washing machines

 

By Jasper Wilhelm, 1July2019

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