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We spend approximately 60 hours a week in our beds sleeping. That is enough time for our bodies to transfer dirt, sweat, oil and dead skin cells. Even if you maintain proper hygiene, it is still inevitable, our beds will collect the soil. If bed sheets aren’t washed regularly, dust will settle into the nooks and hems which can ruin the clothes you sleep in, and lead to allergies as well. Sheets can also retain moisture, which is uncomfortable, so washing them and drying them regularly can avoid that. 

Duvets and pillows should be washed every 3 months. And you should replace your pillows every 2-3 years and duvets every 5 years. 

Below, you will find out how to clean your sheet sets. 



Duvets are the largest garment on your bed set and require extra time for maintenance. First and foremost, always check the care label, as some may need to be dry cleaned (e.g. duvets with feathers). Then, ensure that it fits your washing machine. Put it in a gentle cycle with warm water and a mild detergent, if it has stains on it, spot treat it prior to washing it, so you can avoid setting in the stain (due to the temperature) or spreading it. Additionally, since it’s big and fluffy, there’s a high chance that it will retain some soap in the material, so you should add an extra spin cycle and it will also help speed up the drying process. It’s best to put it in the dryer rather than hanging as it will remove all moisture.




Most pillows can be washed in the machine unless the care label says otherwise, but if they are old and not in a good condition, the filling may escape and clog your washer. For protection of the material, it is best to put them in a pillowcase for the wash cycle. Use a mild detergent and put it on a gentle cycle so the fabric doesn’t get ruined. Also, you have to dry them quickly after they are washed to prevent molding, either low heat in the dryer or hang drying it. 


Bed Sheets 


As mentioned earlier, bed sheets can easily carry tons of bacteria and dust due to build up. The best solution is to wash them weekly. Although, you can’t wash all the materials the same way.


Cotton can be washed at a hotter setting (40 degree), but if they are patterned, remember to turn them inside out to avoid fading. Best method to dry is to hang dry and if you prefer them to have a crisp look, iron them while they are a bit damp.


Silk sheets should be washed on their own and not mixed with other kinds of clothing. It’s even better to put them in a mesh bag, to avoid damage, and only at a low temperature and use a mild detergent. The drying part is a bit tricky, as it’s best to hang dry them, but not with sunlight as the sun can change the color of the sheet, so it is recommended to hang dry in indoor settings. 


We understand that washing sheets can be very tedious and more complicated than your usual washing day. To ease your tasks, you can always hire a laundry service, like DOOSH. We have the best team who will know how to take care of your garments and will deliver your sheets spotless and clean!


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