The wash cycle may now be complete but there are still some important actions to take before your sheets get back on your bed. Firstly, it’s important your sheets get dried thoroughly. Putting sheets back on the bed when they’re even a little bit damp can lead to mould, discomfort and skin conditions.
The best conditions for drying sheets in are to hang them up on a clothes line and let the sun dry them for you. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant so your sheets will stay fresh and clean outside. It’s also the best option for the environment as it doesn’t require any energy or product.
Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t always shine and hanging sheets up in a downpour will only make them dirty again. If weather isn’t permitting, you can either dry sheets inside or throw them into a tumble dryer.
Drying bedsheets inside your home is the least ideal option. It takes the longest and over time, the water from the sheets can lead to dampness and mould on the walls. However, if it carefully managed and dried in a cool, dry area, dampness can be prevented.
Using a tumble dryer to dry bedsheets is the worst option for the environment as it requires a fair bit of energy. High temperatures can also cause increased wear, wrinkling and shrinking of certain fabrics. However, tumble dryers work fast and provide you with fresh, warm and crisp sheets.
After using a tumble dryer, it’s important to remove the sheets from the drum as soon as possible once dry. Spread the sheets across the bed while they are still warm to prevent them from shrinking.
Once dry, via whichever method, the bed sheets can be put back into rotation. It’s recommended to have at least 2 sets of bedding for each bed so that as one is put in the wash, another set can be used.
For extra comfort and security, many people have 3 sets of bedding for each bed so that there is always a clean set of bedding available in storage in case of emergency accidents or spills.