If you want to keep your sheets looking as white as the day you bought them then make sure that your washing machine is clean before you start. Wipe the inside seals and run the drum clean cycle if your machine has one.
Only wash white items together – check to ensure that no other colours have got mixed in before you start your machine.
Ensure that heavy stains are soaked overnight using the correct stain removal product. To help remove stubborn stains try adding a quarter cup of lemon juice to your wash along with your normal washing powder or liquid. The citric acid will help shift marks.
Always use a quality detergent – one that contains optical brighteners will help to maintain that ultra white colour and ensure that you use the correct dosage. Avoid using bleach as this can damage the fibres and degrade your bedlinen.
Alternatively try adding bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to your wash – both of these are natural brighteners and should help to bring the freshness back to your whites.
Avoid overloading your machine – your wash items will not be able to move as freely, so dirt and stains are not removed as well as a smaller load where water and detergent are able to penetrate each item properly.
Select the cotton wash cycle – the high agitation will really clean your sheets and this programme will ensure that most of the water is removed before drying. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation found on the label to ensure that you wash at the correct temperature.