SHEETS CARE: A GUIDE BY CASPER
How Often (and How To) Wash Your SheetsThere’s nothing better than hopping into a freshly made bed at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, the remnants of the long day — sweat, dirt, crumbs from your lunch — get in with you, too.
If you regularly wash your sheets, you will set yourself up for a healthy night of zzz’s. You can rest easy knowing you’re in a clean environment — even if your laundry pile is a mile high. Here’s our guide:
GIVE A SHEET ABOUT WHAT’S IN YOUR SHEETS?If you spill coffee or eat a crumbly cookie in bed, it’s easy to see that your bedding needs a wash. But it’s the things you can’t see, like dust mites, that you should be worried about.
Your body temperature drops a couple degrees as you get cozy in bed. Heat moves out of your limbs into the surrounding environment, and makes you feel overheated (especially if you are sleeping with others). As a result, you sweat. Long after you’ve gotten up, sweat stays and invites allergens, weird stuff like dust mites, and other things into your mattress.
NOW THAT YOU’VE LEARNED THE DIRTY TRUTH...You should wash your sheets. Before washing your sheets, make sure to check the care tag. Sheets are made with different fabrics and weaves, which can have specific care instructions. However, most sheets (including the Casper sheets) should be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle; tumble dried on low; and removed from the dryer as soon as possible to keep from wrinkling. Using low heat ensures sheets won’t shrink and will stay softer for longer. If you want that extra-crisp feel, a quick iron will stiffen up the fabric.
For white sheets, we recommend using a non-chlorine, oxygen bleach with each wash to keep them from fading.
MAJOR KEY — DO IT OFTENThe frequency that you wash your bedding is up to you, but a good rule of thumb is switching out the bed linen on a weekly basis. Not ready for laundry day? Rotating through at least three sets means you’ll never have to wait to freshen up.
No one likes a sheet that looks like swiss cheese, so we recommend replacing them every one to five years.
Casper’s Take: Realistically, if you are sticking to making your bed on a weekly basis, you want to make it easy for yourself. Double-up on fitted sheets so there’s one less thing to wrangle next week. We’re biased towards the Casper sheets, because they feature smart details like grippy fabric to cut down the time it takes to make the bed. So instead of getting frustrated at a pile of fabric, you can do other chores or just catch up on TV.