how to wash bamboo sheets

Caring For Bamboo Sheets

Not sure how to wash bamboo sheets?

If you are considering purchasing your first set of bamboo bedding, you might well have some questions about the best way to care for it. After all, it’s not the same as cotton, so that probably means it needs to be treated a bit differently, right? Right!

The good news is that caring for bamboo bedding isn’t difficult. The best bamboo sheets are ones that hold up over time. We’ll provide you with the full low-down on how to care for your bamboo, including information about washing bamboo sheets for the first time, and other top tips that will keep your bedding in excellent condition for as long as possible.

Bamboo is an incredible sustainable fabric, one you should consider, particularly if you are considering green products in your purchasing future.

If you are just getting started then this article on what to look for when buying bamboo sheets, might be helpful:

How to Wash Bamboo Sheets

Soft and silky, bamboo feels great against the skin. It’s also a great choice for the environment. Bamboo is a sustainable fiber, needing no pesticides and minimal water to grow. Because of its unique properties, there are some specific instructions for washing bamboo fabric. We’ll spill the beans on all there is to know about how to care for your bamboo sheets so you can provide them with the TLC they need to last for hundreds of beauty sleeps!

  • Bamboo fabric has a shorter fiber than cotton, and to keep your bamboo bed sheets smooth and in good condition, it’s important to use cold water for washing. Bamboo fibers are also naturally resistant to bacteria so you only need to use a mild washing detergent.
  • There’s also no need to add fabric softener when washing your sheets. Bamboo is amazingly soft and will stay soft after washing. Fabric softener can also add a thin film to the fabric and should be avoided for this reason.
  • It’s best to wash your bedding on its own, as the hooks and zips on clothing might catch on the fabric. It’s also best to avoid washing machine and dryer balls for the same reason – they can snag on the delicate fibers and cause tearing or piling.
  • Towels can leave lint on the bed sheets and also tend to need washing with hot water, so separate out towels and bed linen before putting them in the washing machine.

Our Top Tip on How to Wash Bamboo Bed Sheets

Wash Separately

Do wash sheets separately from clothes, towels, and blankets

Use Cold Water

Wash using cold water, maximum 90 degrees on a gentle cycle.

Mild Detergent

Use a gentle, eco-friendly, liquid detergent (or make sure that powder is fully dissolved first before adding the sheets).

Avoid Bleach

Don't use bleach due to the toxic chemicals, it can weaken the fibers.

No Fabric Softener

Avoid use of fabric softener, it can leave a film on the fabric, reducing moisture-wicking properties.

Next, we answer your most frequently asked questions
about How to Wash Bamboo Sheets

Do you need to wash bamboo sheets before use?

Yes! New sheets can feel quite stiff when first bought and they will soften up when you wash them for the first time.

Do bamboo sheets shrink?

Yes! When washing sheets for the first time they will shrink a little.
Good quality bamboo sheets will be made over-sized to allow for this first-time shrinkage. Bamboo fabric can also shrink with hot water, so keep those temperatures low!

How often should I wash bamboo sheets?

We recommend washing your bamboo sheets every 7-10 days in the summer. In the winter you can probably get away with washing them a bit less frequently.

How do I get stains out my bamboo sheets?

Try using an eco-friendly stain remover. You should avoid bleach and vinegar as the acidic properties can damage the bamboo fibers. You can use baking soda to make a soak. Mix a quarter cup of water with 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and apply the paste to the stain. Leave it to sit for a while before laundering as usual.

How do I get bamboo sheets white again?

If you want to brighten up your bamboo bedding, try soaking your sheets in an eco-friendly laundry pre-soak. We don’t recommend using bleach, it’s too harsh for bamboo, plus the toxic chemicals are not good for the environment.

Drying Your Bamboo Sheets

drying bamboo sheets

What's the best way to dry my bamboo sheets?

The best way to dry bamboo sheets is to hang them out to line dry. This will preserve the fibers, colors, and elasticity of your sheets. 

Can I put my bamboo sheets in the dryer?

Line drying is best but that is not always practical.  Yes, you can put them in the dryer. Choose a low heat or delicate setting – remember gentleness is key! And only leave them in for the minimum amount of time needed to get dry. To avoid getting wrinkles, take your sheets out as soon as the dryer finishes.

Do I need to iron my bamboo sheets?

There’s no need to iron bamboo bed sheets. Bamboo fabric drapes extremely well, so even when there are a few wrinkles from being laundered or stored, they will fall away in a few hours. But if you want them wrinkle-free quicker, then you can iron them gently on a low heat setting.

Storing Bamboo Bedding

What's the best way to store my bamboo sheets?

Proper storage is an important part of caring for your bedding. It’s best to store your sheets somewhere cool and dry, away from direct sunlight. Don’t store them in plastic as this can trap moisture and lead to mildew.

How to care for bamboo bedding

Top Tip

To prolong the life of your bamboo sheets, rotate between several sets of bedding. This means that each individual set will be used less frequently, allowing all of your bedding to last for a longer amount of time.

Replacing Your Bamboo Sheets

With proper care, your bamboo sheets will provide years of use. But even the highest quality bamboo bedding will eventually need replacing. If you’re planning to freshen up your bedding, then check out our guide to the best bamboo sheets. It’s generally recommended to replace pillowcases every 6 months and sheets and duvet covers every 12-18 months.

We also let you know what types of bamboo sheets to avoid in this article:

Recycling Your Bamboo Sheets

Once you replace your old bamboo sheets – what do you do with your old ones? 100% bamboo sheets are biodegradable, but in the spirit of sustainable living, we have some ideas for upcycling and re-purposing your sheets. A stash of old sheets can be practical to have on hand for all sorts of things, including:

Building Forts

Children love to make blanket forts, so having a stash of old sheets to pull out means none of your good ones get played with!

Pet Beds

If you have pets, hand-down your old sheets to your furry companion.

Decorating cloths

 Decorating cloths/dust covers. When you’re decorating it’s always helpful to have some old sheets to hand to protect furniture or to cover the floor.

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, then there is no end to the variety of items that you craft out of your old bed sheets. Napkins, curtains, cloth bags, sleeping bag liners, bunting and table cloths, the only limit is your imagination!

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We hope that we’ve armed you with all the knowledge you need to confidently care for your new bamboo sheets. Do get in touch if we’ve missed anything, we love hearing from you!

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