How to Wash Bamboo Sheets and Blankets

Have you recently switched to bamboo bedding from cotton?  Are you thinking about it?

For those of you who don’t know, bamboo bedding needs to be washed differently from cotton bedding, because it is a more delicate fabric.  This is also because bamboo viscose is by nature so different from cotton fabrics.  If you wash bamboo bedding correctly, it will last a long time, even longer than cotton bedding.

Wash in cold water

Never wash bamboo bedding in hot water, as this will cause pilling and damage to the sheets or blankets.  Always wash in cold water.  Even if you don’t think it will be effective, it will be, because bamboo fibers are naturally cleaner.  This is partly because there are no pesticides or insecticides required to grow bamboo – but this is far from the case with cotton.

Wash with similar colors

As with any laundry, washing your bamboo bedding with like colors will increase its lifetime.  Additionally, avoid washing with rough fabrics, as this will also cause pilling and damage to your bamboo sheets and blankets.  Use a mild detergent, and do not bleach.  Fabric softeners are unnecessary because of the nature of bamboo rayon – generally speaking, the less chemicals you use on your sheets, the longer they will last.

Drying

line drying

The best method for drying your bamboo bedding is line drying.  Nonetheless, this is often impractical in today’s day and age.  If you can’t line dry your organic bamboo sheets and blankets, then fold them gently and loosely into the dryer (don’t just stuff them in).  They will come out of the dryer less wrinkled if you do this.  Always use the lowest setting on your dryer, whether it be delicate, perma-press, tumble dry, etc.  The sooner you remove your bedding from the dryer, the better.

Eco-friendly laundry detergent

For a mild, eco-friendly laundry detergent that will help your bamboo bedding to last as long as possible, try this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 bar of soap

½ cup of borax (available for purchase at some grocery stores or online)

½ cup of baking soda

Process:

  1. Grate the soap into the container in which you wish to keep your detergent – this should be an airtight container.
  2. Add borax and baking soda; mix well.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Use 1 tablespoon for small loads, and 2 tablespoons for larger loads and loads that are heavily soiled.

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