How to Wash Bamboo Sheets


Bamboo sheets are becoming increasingly popular. Not only is bamboo an environmentally friendly material--bamboo grows quickly and requires fewer pesticides and chemicals to grow than cotton--but it also feels silky and smooth to the touch. Bamboo sheets can keep you cooler in the summer, yet the knit variety will feel warmer, like flannel sheets, in the winter. Bamboo sheets are more delicate than other materials, but with a few simple steps, you can keep your sheets fresh and clean for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo sheets
  • Washing machine
  • Mild detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Oxygen bleach stain remover (optional)
  • Dryer (optional)
  • Separate your colors from your whites. Remove any rougher fabrics from your load of laundry, as bamboo sheets may pill when they rub up against them.

  • Set the washer to wash the sheets in cold or cool water on the gentle cycle. Add a mild detergent that does not contain harsh chemicals, such as those made for baby clothes or delicate garments.

  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda during the wash cycle.

  • Add approximately 1/2 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to complete the natural bleaching process started with the baking soda.

  • Remove your sheets promptly from the washer and hang them dry immediately.

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