How should bed linen be washed?

There's nothing better than the smell and feel of freshly laundered bed linen! We spend a lot of our time in bed, so naturally our bedding needs to be comfortable and create a nice, healthy environment for the body to rest and recover. Good bedding and regular washing create the best conditions for a good night's sleep.

It's common sense to change and wash your bedding regularly to maintain hygiene, but it can seem a hassle. Finding your way around washing instructions and housewife advice can quickly become a jungle. That's why many of us are familiar with the uncertainty and fear of washing our bedding incorrectly, causing it to shrink or lose its colour. Here we guide you through the best ways to wash your bedding and create a healthy sleeping environment.

Why should bedding be washed before use?

If you've just bought a nice new set of bedding, you probably want to enjoy it straight away - but that's not possible. New bedding needs to be washed once or twice before use to ensure that any excess chemicals are washed away.

During the production of much bedding, several different chemicals are added to the fabric to, for example. Dye or soften the fabric. Residues of these chemicals may therefore still be in the bedding when you buy it and it is therefore important that the bedding is washed an extra time or two before you use it.

If you want to avoid chemicals altogether, we recommend choosing bedding that is eco-labelled and hypoallergenic. By choosing bedding with these certifications, you can be sure that your bedding is completely free of chemicals.

What temperature should bedding be washed at?

We spend an incredible amount of time in bed and therefore many hours in direct body contact with our bedding. As a result, bedding is exposed to body sweat, dust and dirt, which can quickly create the ideal conditions for bacteria. High levels of bacteria in bedding are unhealthy and can, in the worst cases, develop into allergic reactions. It is therefore important to wash your bedding regularly at the right temperature to reduce bacterial growth and ensure a healthy night's sleep. Here are two things to pay particular attention to:

1. The material

The temperature at which you should wash your bedding depends on the material. Most bedding is made of cotton, which can be washed at 60 degrees. So wash your cotton bedding at 60 degrees to reduce bacteria and dust mites. If your bedding is made of satin or silk, these typically only withstand washing up to 40 degrees. However, we always recommend that you read the product's washing instructions for the exact temperature.

2. Bacteria

If you tend to sweat a lot at night, or have been ill with the flu or similar, it is recommended that you wash your bedding at 90 degrees to ensure that all the bacteria is killed. However, don't do this too often, as your bedding will wear out faster if washed at a high temperature.

How long should bedding be tumble dried?

Once bedding has been washed, it can be a hassle to get it dry again. Bedding takes up a lot of drying rack space and many people turn to the less environmentally friendly option of a tumble dryer. How you choose to dry your bedding is up to you, of course. If you choose to use the tumble dryer, the best advice is to try it out slowly.

It can be difficult to say a specific time the clothes should dry in, as it varies greatly from material to material. However, there are several things you should be aware of if you choose to dry your bedding in a tumble dryer:

  • Never dry your bed linen at too high a heat, as this can cause the linen to shrink. Therefore, do not set the drying time at the maximum level, as the bedding can easily dry in less time.

  • Don't wash and dry your bed linen and towels together. Although it may be tempting to take both towels and bed linen together, the two should not be combined. Towels are thicker in material and therefore take longer to dry. If you dry them together, you risk your bedding shrinking because it dries too long.

How often should I change my bed linen?

We know all about it! Everyday life gets in the way and you have to put off the big 'wash-bedding-day' again and again. But it doesn't work... It's really important to get your bedding washed regularly to avoid bacteria and dust mites in your bed.

But how often should you wash your bed linen? A good rule of thumb is to wash and change your bedding every 14 days. However, if you've been ill, you should wash your bedding straight away to get rid of the germs. The same principle applies if you have allergies or are otherwise particularly sensitive to dust and dust mites. In this case, you should change your bed linen once a week.

Which bedding is best?

It can be difficult to give a definitive answer to which bedding is best. It depends on which material you feel most comfortable sleeping in. The most popular material for bedding is cotton, which has a good absorbency that keeps your body dry and is nice to have close to your body.

There are a lot of different bedding materials, for example. Cotton sateen, silk, linen or microfibre. The most important thing is to choose the material that suits your needs and ensures a good night's sleep. At Moodings, we recommend that you choose bedding that is better for the environment and hypoallergenic.

For example. Bedding from the Danish brand OMHU, which has 5 organic certifications: GOTS. OEKO-TEX, Swan label, Fairtrade and SA 8000. Organic bed linen from OMHU meets high standards for the protection of nature and people. Our certifications are your guarantee that the entire textile production, from sowing and harvesting to processing, takes place organically. Without the use of substances harmful to the environment and health, and socially responsible with proper working conditions for farmers and workers.

When you buy omhu bed linen, you contribute to a healthier and more sustainable textile production that benefits people, the environment and the climate.