How to wash bed linen - Tips from the TUBIE Ironing Doll Team

A great feeling when you hop into your cosy, fresh-smelling bed after a long day. On average, we spend about 8 hours a day in bed and lose hair and skin flakes there - a perfect breeding ground for mites. In addition, some people sweat heavily at night and can lose up to half a litre of sweat. That is why it is so important to change soiled bed linen regularly.

How often should you change the bed linen?

Depending on how much you sweat, you should change your bed linen every 14 days, or every week in summer. If you suffer from house dust or mite allergies, you should change your bed linen once a week anyway. If you wear pyjamas at night, they should also be washed every four days at the latest.

At what temperature should bed linen be washed?

Generally, it is said that bed linen should be washed at at least 60 degrees because otherwise the germs are not killed. However, modern detergents can also do this at lower temperatures. Allergy sufferers should still play it safe and wash at 60 degrees, depending on the type of fabric. By the way, a dash of vinegar essence in the fabric softener compartment has a disinfecting effect. Don't worry, the scent disappears after drying. We shirt and blouse ironers always add a little vinegar essence to every wash.

What substances are there and what should be considered?


The classic among bed linen is probably cotton. Cotton is very robust and kind to the skin and can be washed at 60 degrees with colour or heavy-duty detergent (depending on whether it is coloured or white). Choose a washing programme for boil wash or coloured wash.


Those who like luxury will probably have linen bedding at home. Linen is very high quality, absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the body. Linen cools in summer and warms in winter, is stable and tear-resistant, repels bacteria but is also tear-resistant. Coloureds should not be washed hotter than 40 degrees; whites can be washed at 90 degrees.

Synthetic fibre bed linen

Synthetic fibres can store heat poorly and are rather less suitable for people who freeze easily. On the other hand, synthetic fibres are very easy to care for, pleasant on the skin and allergy-friendly. They can be washed with a colour or heavy-duty detergent from 40 degrees, preferably on your gentle cycle.


Anyone who has ever slept in silk knows how great it feels. Silk is soft and feels super comfortable on the skin. Silk is also light as a feather and balances the temperature perfectly. It warms us in winter and cools us in summer. In addition, silk is also allergy-friendly. Select a delicate wash programme for silk and wash with a mild detergent at 30 degrees. 

As a general rule, you should only fill the washing machine halfway when washing so that the bed linen can move loosely in the drum. Close buttons and zips so that the laundry does not get caught up in each other. Even though it makes the laundry nice and soft and fragrant; you should avoid using fabric softener because it reduces the absorbency of the bed linen. In addition, fabric softener residues can cause unpleasant odours in the drum.

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