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Stop Washing Your Sheets and Towels Together

Tips from 2ULaundry’s Household Linen Service

While you might not be running a commercial laundry business, you should be caring for your linens like a pro! Here are some tips from 2ULaundry that will help level up your linen care routine.

When you’re separating laundry, it’s easy to think you can wash sheets and towels together. Not only does it cut down on loads of laundry, but it could save some time and money. But that’s a big laundry mistake that might end up costing you. This article was originally written for Airbnb hosts. However, it applies to all types of sheets and towels.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wash Sheets and Towels Together

Linens and towels should be washed separately for the following reasons:

  • Material Weight: Different material thickness means sharing a wash cycle can cause damage!
  • Different Material: Pilling can be prevented by washing with similar materials and textures.
  • Temperature Control: It’s hard to believe but, you’ll do more damage to fabric in a dryer than you will in a washer! Be careful…
  • Different Sizes: Different sizes of linens prevent tumbling which can mean uneven washing and drying – leading to uneven cleans.

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1. Sheets and Towels Have Different Material Weights

By weight, we’re talking about the thickness of the laundry. Their thickness can affect how long they take to dry in the dryer. Sheets, a lighter weight, will dry faster than thicker towels. This means either towels won’t dry fully–which could lead to the formation of mold or mildew–or sheets will be over-dried resulting in damage and shortening their lifespan.

If you wash sheets and towels together it can make it difficult for your washer machine’s drum to move effectively during its spin cycle; this could lead to unnecessary wear-and-tear on your washer which may reduce its longevity over time if not corrected promptly. By separating your wash cycles into different loads based on temperature settings and material types (sheets vs towels), you ensure that both items are properly cleaned without increasing wear-and-tear on either item or your washer machine itself. Not only will you get cleaner linens faster with separate loads, but you’ll also extend the life of your linens by avoiding any potential damage caused by improper washing techniques.

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2. Sheets and Towels are Made Out of Different Materials

Sheets are typically made from a lighter fabric than towels, meaning they require a gentler cycle in the washer and or dryer. Towels are much thicker, so they need a longer or stronger cycle to get them clean.

At first glance, this may not seem like a huge concern, but because towels are typically made out of cotton, they’re more likely to produce lint. Because of the material difference, your sheets can end up covered in lint, changing their appearance and texture, and shortening their lifetime.

Beware, new towels produce a lot of lint.

Sheets can be sensitive to certain laundry detergents or fabric softeners, so these should be avoided when washing them. On the other hand, towels are usually quite durable and can stand up to most detergents without any problems.

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3. Sheets and Towels Require Different Temperatures

Sheets require a lower washer temperature setting than most towels. Sheets are generally made of a fabric blend that includes some natural fibers, so they need to be washed at a lower temperature to reduce shrinkage in the fabric.

That being said, there are also certain types of sheet fabrics (such as polyester microfiber) that will tolerate higher temperatures without shrinking or fading. Always read the care labels on your sheets before laundering them! Also, always use delicate laundry detergent for washing your sheets. Any harsh detergents or bleach can cause damage to the fabric over time.

Towels, on the other hand, need higher temperatures with harsher detergents to ensure proper cleaning. This is because towels tend to accumulate bacteria from frequent use and need strong detergents to kill germs effectively. Furthermore, high temperatures help remove oils from the skin which may build up on towel fibers over time.

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4. Sheets and Towels are Different Sizes

This is important because it also affects drying time. If a towel becomes tightly wrapped in a sheet, it won’t dry properly resulting in mildew and mold. Additionally, if towels or other pieces of clothing are getting caught in sheets, they’re not rubbing up against other items of clothing which is an essential part of the cleaning process in a washer.

When washing sheets and towels together, remember that towels can cause damage to sheets due to their size and thickness.

This is because thicker fabrics will cause friction between them during the wash cycle which can lead to pilling or tearing of the delicate fabric of your sheets over time. Also, towels tend to collect lint during the wash cycle which can then transfer onto your sheets. You don’t want that!

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Linens Bag

The Linen Bag is perfect for your household’s linens – like sheets, towels, and bedding.

Some people only like to send their linens for cleaning. It’s a great way to use a laundry service! That’s why we offer a discounted Linen Bag specifically for your sheets and towels. These linens are typically harder to wash in smaller, residential washing machines.

Plus, the beautiful folding makes putting them away simple.

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How Do Most People Use a Household Linen Service?

Our Linen Bag holds up to 35 pounds. That’s a lot of household linens – about four bedroom worth of linens and two bathrooms sets of towels. It’s perfect for your washable household items that take up a lot of room in your washing machine.

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“We send the sheets and towels every week. We only send our regular clothing on special occasions but we never miss a week for the linens. The Linen Bag is much cheaper than the regular laundry bags. And, it makes for a nice treat.

And our linen closet looks really organized. The sheets and towels are always beautifully folded.”

– Jessy C, one Linen Bag per week.

Every Once in a While
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“I keep three sets of sheets and towels for each bedroom and bathroom. When I’m on my last batch, I’ll schedule an order to restock my sheet & towel stock at the house.

It’s typically once per month. Sometimes it’s once every two months.

It’s a great way to catch up when we fall behind.”

– Tina W, avg. 4-5 bags per year.

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