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Ask Casa: Advice For Cleaning Light Bedding

Hey Casa,
I was wondering if you had any tips on keeping white/cream/light-colored bedding clean. We bought some awesome sheets that were blue and cream striped, but the colors really got dingy-looking. That turned us off from buying any light bedding again, which is a shame, because I almost always love bedding with lighter colors in it!

Thanks in advance!

To see my advice for amloveaffair,


Hi Amloveaffair,

As someone who has a pretty white coverlet for her bed, and a dog who's jumped on it with muddy paws, I can sympathize with your situation. My first piece of advice, as far as light-colored bedding is concerned, is to buy quality bedding with a high thread count. This will eliminate a lot of pilling that happens with lower-quality linens and will guarantee that they stand the test of time.

In addition, try these tips for keeping lighter-colored bedding bright and beautiful:

  • Wash your white sheets on a weekly basis. They should be washed separately in warm or hot water. Use regular detergent, but don't overload it.
  • If you get dirt, blood, or any other stain on your sheets, spot treat the stain immediately so it won't set in. Find out how to get out bloodstains here.
  • Only bleach your sheets when absolutely necessary, as bleach will damage the fabric. Try my bleach alternative.
  • If you add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your sheets, it will brighten the white. So will sunlight, which is a good reason to line dry your clothes.
  • If you're out of lemon juice, white vinegar can be added to your wash cycle.
  • Rotate your sheets with other sets. This can help extend your sheets' lifespan for many years.
  • Store your sheets and other linens in a dry closet. Don't stack them too closely, since linens will store better if they have some circulation.

Hope this helps!



Join The Conversation
Allen3337097 Allen3337097 4 years
Good article, it seems like I always wash my sheets when the kids or the dog gets them dirty :).  Here are some other good tips (like dont use dryer sheets!  who knew?) - .  Thomas Lee sheets are also some of the best sheets I own, but we try and save them for guests usually.
emalove emalove 8 years
Thanks for this--all of my sheet sets are either white, pale lavender, or celadon green, and I want to keep them looking great.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Oh hey that's me! Thanks for the advice!
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
any info on that amazing headboard~~>!!? please!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great advice!
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