8. Pillowcases

Pillowcases

Your pillowcases may require extra attention since your pillow is where you lay your head each night. You may want to wash pillowcases two or three times a week, especially if you are prone to drooling, have oily hair, or sweat profusely. Martha Stewart recommends using zippered pillow protectors to safeguard your pillows against allergens, oils, and bacteria. Even if you use pillow protectors, you should plan to wash your pillows every six months. Many pillows are machine washable, allowing you to launder them in your washing machine and then place them in the dryer.

7. Washing and Drying Bed Linens

Drying Bed Linens

Launder sheets, blankets, and pillowcases in your washing machine according to the instructions on the labels. Avoid using hot water, which can shrink or fade certain fabrics. Hanging sheets and blankets on a clothesline in the sunshine is a delightful and environmentally friendly way to dry them. If this is not possible, check the label, and if recommended, tumble dry your bedding at a low setting. Remove them promptly from the dryer to decrease the risk of wrinkling. Use dryer balls to soften your bedding and improve airflow through the fabrics during the drying process.

6. Sweet Aromas for Peaceful Slumber

Lavender Oil

When you hang your sheets out to dry, you can enjoy their fresh, clean, sunshiny scent as you drift off to sleep. If you suffer allergies or are at risk for contact dermatitis, avoid using dryer sheets. The chemicals contained in commercial fabric softener sheets can trigger allergies. Applying a few drops of lavender essential oil to your dryer balls will impart a soothing fragrance to your sheets and aid in relaxing you for slumber. Furthermore, Wellness Mama provides instructions for making your own dryer sheets from scraps of cloth, essential oils, and vinegar.

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