If you want to whiten sheets that have otherwise come to the end of their life, hydrogen peroxide is an option. Hydrogen peroxide is best used in conjunction with another cleaning agent like baking soda. Don’t mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, instead, do the first load with your active cleaning solution and a second cycle with only hydrogen peroxide to counteract any odours or buildup.
Add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to your drum or bleach dispenser before adding your sheets. Machine wash as usual.
Extra Reed Tips |
- A good pre soak – When pre-soaking your sheets, be sure to use warm or hot water for at least one hour.
- Sorting – Wash your darks and white bed linens separately. You should ideally wash your white sheets completely separate to any other laundry.
- First cycle – Once you’re ready to start the first cycle, you have several different whitening options. However, if you’re using a whitener in this cycle, be sure to skip the regular fabric softener which build up a coating on your linens, vinegar or lemon juice will naturally do the trick.
- Second Cycle – If you notice any residual odours or buildup after the first cycle, try using a hydrogen peroxide rinse and run your second cycle without detergent. Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use on all washable, dye-stable fabrics and breaks down safely in water.
- Drying – If possible, air-drying your sheets in the sun is another great way to keep your sheets crisp and white. The sun has natural bleaching properties and won’t set any stains as a dryer would.
Even if you wash your sheets weekly, white sheets can yellow over time because of sweat and body oils. If you want to reenergise and brighten your bed linens, try these tried and true Reed family tips.