How to Wash Bed Sheets

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Your bed should be a quiet, calm and clean oasis for you to rest your head and get some shut-eye. But keeping your bed clean can often be a challenge! Taking care of your bedding and washing your sheets correctly will help you sleep better and keep that fresh and clean feeling for longer. In this article, you’ll learn how to wash your bedsheets and keep them fresh and smelling great so you can snuggle down and snooze off.

How to wash bed sheets in the washing machine

After a long hard day, there is nothing better than rolling into a bed made with clean, heavenly smelling and super fresh sheets. Plus, it’s well known that clean and fresh sheets help to get a better night’s sleep. So, just follow these steps on how to wash bed sheets in the washing machine and keep things clean in the bedroom!

  1. Bed sheets should be washed once a week to avoid any build up of dirt, dust mites and skin cells.

  2. Most bed sheets can be washed at home in your washing machine, but it’s always worth checking the labels and clothing care symbols first to check if there are any cleaning requirements you need to follow.

  3. Wash with the hottest water temperature setting listed on the care label. Polyester blends are best washed using warm water, while cotton fabrics can tolerate hotter water. Hot water kills most germs and also takes care of dust mites that thrive in bedding, so it’s worth turning up the heat to the temperature your bed sheets can tolerate.

  4. Separate by colour. Just like clothing, dark colours or reds can dull or bleed onto lighter colours.

  5. Use a detergent that will give your sheets a proper clean and also remove any stains. For an outstanding clean, try Ariel Original All-in-1 PODS® which have everything you need for clean, bright and fresh-smelling clothes in a tiny but powerful capsule. Wash away stubborn stains and impossible dirt while enjoying super fresh and clean sheets with every wash. If you want to add that burst of extra freshness and heavenly softness try Lenor fabric conditioner, which will leave your bedding wrapped up in a ‘scent-sational’ feeling of luxury! And, if you’re looking for a way to make your bedding smell fresher for longer, try a real game-changer: Lenor Scent Boosters! Who doesn’t love to climb into fresh-smelling bedsheets every night?”

  6. Once you’ve mastered how to wash bed sheets, you need to dry them! Where possible, hang sheets outside to dry in the fresh air, they’ll look and smell even better! If weather or time doesn't permit, tumble dry your sheets until they are nearly – but not quite – dry as this will help with the ironing process.

  7. Where possible, it’s always good to iron your sheets. They look better on your bed when they’re wrinkle free, and ironing also helps kill any lingering germs or dust mites that might remain after washing. Ironing also helps you more easily store bed linens.

Washing Sheets – common questions

There are a lot of common questions when it comes to how to wash bed sheets, so we thought we’d answer these for you!


  1. How often to wash sheets?

    Sheets should be washed and changed once a week to get rid of any dirt, sweat, skin cells and body oils, which can contribute to allergies, skin breakouts and asthma. If you wear pyjamas to sleep in, shower before bed and are a sound sleeper, you can probably get away with changing your bed sheets once every 10 days, but even taking these factors into account, we’d go with once a week for that clean and fresh feeling!

  2. How to get blood out of sheets?

    You can remove stains from your sheets using these easy to follow tips:

  • Soak the stain in cold water as quickly as possible. If the stain is fresh, put it under cold running water to flush out the stain as much as possible
  • Pour Ariel Liquid detergent on to the stain, enough to completely cover it. You can pour from either the bottle or the dosing cap
  • Without washing off the detergent, place your sheets into the washing machine with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will boost your wash performance
  • Wash with the usual cycle at the highest indicated temperature. Always make sure you follow the instructions for washing your sheets on the care label
  • After the wash cycle is complete, unload your sheets immediately. Watch a video on how to remove blood stains from fabrics here.


  1. How to get yellow sheets white again

    Everyone wants to sleep in clean white sheets…yellow stained sheets are not an appealing look for bedtime. If you want to get your sheets brilliantly white again then try these tips. For more information on removing stubborn stains visit here.

  • For dried-in, yellowish stains on your sheets, try rubbing the stain on your sheets with a mixture of three parts baking soda and one-part water, and let it sit for a few hours
  • Once they’ve finished soaking, remove and put into your washing machine on the hottest water temperature setting allowed by your care label and add Ariel All-in-1 PODs. Use one POD for medium soiled clothes or loads of 4-5 Kg, and two PODs for heavily soiled clothes, loads over 5KG, or hard water areas.
  • Take your clean, white sheets out after the wash and hang out immediately to dry


  1. How to wash linen sheets

  • Always wash your linen sheets on the most gently cycle to help protect the beautiful, natural fibres. Avoid washing your linens with heavy items such as jeans or towels and try not to overcrowd the washing machine with too many items at once as this can cause the linen sheet fabric to lose its shape
  • Linen bedding should be washed at a cooler temperature than cotton bedding, so switch your dial to 40 degrees Celsius, which will be enough to remove stubborn stains and kill any germs, but soft enough to look after your sheets
  • Linen dries much quicker than cotton so hang your sheets out as soon as the cycle has finished. If you choose to iron your linen sheets, make sure you do this while they are still damp as it’s easier to get rid of creasing.

How to wash white sheets

  • Read all labels and clothing care symbols to be sure you don't have any specific washing instructions to follow. Most sheets can be washed at home in your washing machine, but some fabrics such as silk might need a bit more care
  • Make sure you separate your sheets by colour. Just like clothes, darker coloured sheets will bleed onto lighter colours, staining them or giving them that grey effect!
  • Gather white towels, sheets and socks that can tolerate hot washing. Check the labels if you're not sure.
  • Wash items that are prone to mould stains, fungus and mites in hot water
  • Add Ariel-All-in-1 PODS which have everything you need for clean, white and fresh-smelling clothes in a tiny, but powerful capsule to give your sheets bright results!
  • Hang your sheets out to dry so they can breathe, dry fresh and smell great. Alternatively, if the care labels permit, you can put them in the dryer, using a high heat. For more tips on washing whites visit here.

How to wash silk sheets

Silk is a naturally delicate material, so when it comes to washing and taking care of silk products, a little more effort is required.

  • Ideally you should hand-wash your silk sheets to protect the delicate fibres. To do this, fill a large basin or your bath with luke warm water no hotter than 30 degrees Celsius, because silk doesn’t do well with hot temperatures. Make sure you do not wash your silk sheets with any other items to prevent fibre damage
  • If you have hard water in your area you might want to add a small dose of Lenor fabric conditioner to keep your sheets silky soft. Then add a small dose of Ariel detergent and mix it with your hand into the water
  • Add your sheets to the soapy warm water and gently swish the sheets around the tub, avoiding scrubbing and twisting to prevent damage.
  • Soak your sheets for a few minutes, then remove while you drain and refill the water to rinse your sheets through. You may have to repeat this method several times to get rid of all the soap
  • To dry your sheets, gently squeeze out any excess water. Again, avoid twisting or wringing out your sheets to prevent damage. Hang your sheets out to dry but avoid direct sunlight as this could cause discolouration
  • If you are unable to hang dry your sheets, lay them flat on a clean towel or bed to dry, but don’t hang your sheets on a wooden rack to dry as dyes and finishes used on the wood can stain your sheets.