Here's the thing, we all have to wash our sheets. It's a pain in the butt, but it obviously has to happen. However, there is one problem we all encounter when we try to wash our sheets: Twisting.
It seems like the second you put your sheets into the washer they end up coming out in a total knot. They are spun around while they get clean, but they end up twisted so tight that it always ends up as a crazy wrinkled mess.
It always makes them stretch out in weird ways, wear out faster than they should, and sometimes even fail to get clean because they are wrapped so tightly on themselves. But what if I told you there's a way to prevent this from happening?
You don't have to have that annoying tangled mess, you can just have a sheet that will go into the dryer easily and come out clean, fresh, and ready to be folded. Don't worry though, we can also tell you how to fold those fitted sheets, because we know that they are the absolute worst!
First let's start with how you get them clean!
Tip #1: Don't Over-stuff The Machine
I know it can be tempting to throw everything into the machine at once to get it over with, but if it's too full, it's going to make your sheets tangle up more.
Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr said, "Not overstuffing the washing machine is the best way to avoid a set of soggy, tangled up sheets."
Having a bit more room in the washer gives the sheets the room they need to tumble freely, without forcing them into a knot.
Tip #2: Use Mesh Bags
A lot of us know that washing our underwear in mesh bags helps them survive longer when we don't have time to hand wash them, but you can also get bigger mesh bags that can be used for sheets.
It helps prevent them from twisting up but still lets them get clean.
Tip #3: Use A Shorter Cycle
Patric Richardson from Laundry Camp which helps teach people how to take care of the fabrics in their home, and he believes that using a shorter cycle gives it less time to twist.
It makes sense, because while your sheets need to be cleaned because of sweat, dog hair, and those crumbs from those treats you had the other night, it's not like there are big stains that need a heavy wash.
So an express cycle is plenty to get them clean, without giving them all kinds of time to twist around.
Tip #4: Use Less Detergent
Another trick that Richardson uses is cutting back on the laundry detergent. "If you cut way back on the soap, using just 1 tablespoon for a full load, they're not going to be as sticky, so they will tend to not get that twisty and knotted," he explains.
Tip #5: Only wash bedding with other bedding
I know it's tempting to just throw in all your linens together, but it actually makes it a lot more difficult to get your sheets as clean as they need to be.
If you throw in towels or clothes with your sheets it's going to make it a lot more likely that they will get twisted. Not only that, but they will have a harder time getting dry.
Gwen Whiting from The Laundress said "Towels, especially, are heavier and won't dry at the same time as the sheets, so it will take longer. Plus, you won't have to deal with losing socks and un-twirling a shirt that's been wrapped around or stuck inside a fitted sheet."
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet
It may seem like one of those things that only Martha Stewart can do, but it's actually not as tricky as you might think.
If you've managed to wash and dry your sheets properly so they aren't all twisted and tangled, you'll be able to fold them into neat stacks and put them away in your linen cupboard until it's time to pull them out.
Make sure you grab them out of the dryer as soon as they are done, otherwise wrinkles will start to set in. But when you go to fold them here's what you need to do.
While standing, start with your sheet inside out and your hands in the corners.
Next, bring your palms together and fold the right corner over the left.
Switch hands and put your right hand into the corner. Use your left hand to straighten out the edges.
Bring your palms together again and fold the right corner over the left. Straighten the edge with your right hand.
Fold the side down to create a rectangle.
Lay the sheet down with the edges facing up.
Fold into thirds lengthwise.
Fold into thirds again.
Now your fitted sheet is perfectly folded!
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