How to wash eucalyptus sheets
Now that you’ve taken the plunge and bought your first set of eucalyptus sheets (thank you very much), you might be wondering how to take proper care of your brand spanking new sheets and the best way to wash them.
Recently, we wrote a post about how to reduce wrinkling in your eucalyptus sheets, but this post will dive into the specifics and help you become an expert on washing your eucalyptus sheets.
Firstly, why do eucalyptus sheets have special care instructions?
The technical name for our fabric is Lyocell and it is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees. Our sheets are not only hypoallergenic and antibacterial, but they are also very soft to the touch. They also do a fantastic job of regulating your body temperature and wicking away sweat.
Our sheets are essentially made out of wood, which is turned into a pulp via a closed-loop lyocell process before that pulp is turned into yarn. For our eucalyptus sheets, we go with a 400-thread-count that has a smooth sateen weave which makes for perfect breathable sheets.
While our eucalyptus sheets come with many benefits, harsh detergents and bleach can damage these sheets, that’s why different care is required when compared with other popular fabrics. The key thing to remember, however, is they are not all that difficult to care for - you can totally do this.
So, what are the care instructions, you ask?
Our eucalyptus sheets are meant to be washed separately on a ‘cold’ or ‘delicates’ setting. Wash them in cold water only, otherwise you might reduce the quality of your eucalyptus sheets. We also recommend that you do not use bleach or fabric softener so that your sheets last longer.
These care instructions should be followed for colored eucalyptus sheets, too, but with colored sheets, remember to separate them first.
Other eucalyptus products
If you bought a comforter or throw from us, please follow the care instructions below:
Comforters should be spot cleaned as required and generally dry cleaned/machine washed every two to three months. Remember, if you’re putting it in the washing machine, to use a ‘delicates’ setting and wash with cold water only. Same goes for throws, but they can be washed more regularly, if needed.
Stains a comin’
You will probably stain your sheets at some point, whether it’s from makeup, a splotch of BBQ sauce, some essential oil or wine. But lucky for you, we have some extra tips for getting rid of those unfortunate stains.
Dark or Wine Stains
If you happen to spill red wine, blood (S&G is popular in Transylvania), or any other nondescript dark liquid, wash your eucalyptus sheets immediately by putting them in cold water. Then, use a good detergent and target the stained area. Leave it on with detergent for 10-15 minutes then pop it in the washing machine and wash it, following the care instructions mentioned above.
If you love a good massage, you might notice that massage oil or any essential oil can end up staining your sheets, especially when you forget to put a towel down first.
Our advice for oily stains is to grab some liquid dishwashing detergent and apply a small amount of it to the stain. Massage it in before you put the sheets in your washing machine, and once again follow the care instructions mentioned earlier.
General Stains (that aren’t oily, wine or dark)
For general strains, there are products available to target them, but remember that many of these products contain bleach, and that’s the last thing you want to put on our eucalyptus sheets.
We recommend a combination of dowsing the stained area in cold water and, if it’s a bit more tough, massaging it with dish detergent, then straight into the washing machine with a cold water and/or ‘delicates’ setting.
Remember, whenever you stain your sheets, always be quick to treat it as the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove.
We hope you enjoy your new eucalyptus sheets and we want you to make the most of them.
Here are some extra handy tips to follow to ensure your newly bought eucalyptus sheets last longer:
Always follow the care instructions
First and foremost, always follow the care instructions on your sheets to a T, otherwise you might find they deteriorate in quality over time. Bookmark this blog post for when you can’t remember the care instructions (or check out these general tips for keeping your bedding fresh and clean) - our brains have more important things to think about, such as 'Which eco-friendly product should I buy next?' and 'How do I bookmark a web page?'
Wash your eucalyptus sheets weekly for a better, hygienic sleep
Although S&G's eucalyptus sheets are zero static, hypoallergenic, and resist bacteria, they should still be washed regularly. We really don’t want to go into all the horrific details of bacteria build up on sheets that don’t get washed for months. So to avoid any unpleasantness, aim to wash your eucalyptus sheets at least once a week.
Double Trouble..or Triple Trouble: multiple eucalyptus sheets are a great thing anyhow
Of course, we know you’ll be wanting our eucalyptus sheets on your bed every single week, because who doesn’t want to sleep on soft, smooth sheets? One of the best things about our sheets is that they get softer with every wash.
However, it doesn’t hurt to have more than one set of eucalyptus sheets to achieve a healthy sheet rotation - we highly recommend it (but we’re biased).
Take it a step further with eucalyptus-based detergent
In case it wasn't obvious before, we are obsessed with eucalyptus in a totally unhealthy way. That’s why our next tip takes this obsession even further: we suggest using an eucalyptus-based detergent when washing your eucalyptus sheets. We know, we need help. But a eucalyptus-based detergent is soft on your sheets and soft on the environment. Try it and see for yourself!
Less is more here
There are some things in life that we love to have more of. A full plate of food? Pile on the potatoes! 100+ titles added to Netflix? Yes please! But a full washing machine that includes your precious eucalyptus sheets? That’s a no-no, unfortunately. Do not overfill your washing machine to allow enough space for the eucalyptus sheets to swirl about and let the water rinse through the sheets.
And before you go, make sure to check out our other eucalyptus products that will be sure to leave you feeling cool...as a eucalyptus.