The Complete Wash & Care Guide

The Complete Wash & Care Guide

Washing and Care Instructions

Below are our best and most detailed wash and care instructions. Including natural softening and natural stain removal options. Before we get into it, here are the White Bedding Rules.
Remember to always remove your make-up before climbing into bed
Wash your sheets frequently to prevent your natural body oils and sweat from setting
Deal with spills or stains immediately
Never wash with colours!

For Your Bedding's First Wash

Our bedding is a bit unique in the fact that it gets softer and softer with every wash cycle it goes through, without losing any strength or showing wear. We always recommend washing all of our products before using them. Brand new sheets can feel more scratchy than soft due to the treatments used in the manufacturing process. These treatments are Oeko-Tex Certified, so you can be certain they are harmless. Washing and use will soften sheets with time but you can speed up the process with our suggestions.

We recommend for the first wash to run the bedding through once with detergent and a second time just in a rinse cycle. Please follow our washing instructions below.

General Washing Instructions

When you receive your bedding you should wash it in cold water (by itself) around 26 degrees celsius/80 degrees fahrenheit. You should wash your new bedding on a GENTLE CYCLE.

We always recommend that you use a MILD DETERGENT because strong detergents can be harmful to the cotton fibres. Our recommendations are sunlight or the laundress. We suggest using ONLY HALF of the normal amount you would typically use. Strong detergents can be harmful to the cotton fibres. Detergent can remain on the bedding if not rinsed off properly which will harm the breathability of the fabric and cause your white bedding to discolour.

Tip: Add the detergent directly into the water about 3 inches of water before you place the sheets in. This will prevent the detergent from sitting directly on the bedding, it also ensures that your detergent washes evenly.

NEVER USE FABRIC SOFTENER, as fabric softener can coat your bedding fibres and leave the bedding unbreathable.

Natural Fabric Softeners

BAKING SODA is our choice for a natural fabric softener as well as an odour remover. Wash your bedding with 1/2 a cup of baking soda along side your regular mild detergent. You can do this each and every wash or periodically.

WHITE VINEGAR is a staple in our laundry rooms. You can add 1/2 a cup vinegar to the fabric softener compartment of most washing machines so it gets released during the rinse cycle. Have no fear the bedding will not smell like vinegar. The acidity in the vinegar helps to neutralize any detergent residues as well as kill smells and bacteria.

If you are concerned that the vinegar and baking soda will create a grade 3 science project eruption, need not worry as one is added to the wash and the other the rinse.

Washing Tip: Once your wash is complete, remove the bedding and give it a shake out to remove any wrinkles prior to putting the bedding in the dryer. This helps your bedding come out less wrinkled.

 

Dryer Instructions

Our sheets are all dryer safe, however we recommend that you dry them on AIR FLUFF or a DELICATE setting. DO NOT USE fabric softening sheets. For anti-static and softening purposes we recommend the USE OF DRYER BALLS, not only are they eco-friendly and reusable but they will help the bedding last longer.

Drying Tip: Remove bedding from the machine while still slightly damp, dress bed as normal. This will reduce wrinkles. 

 

Naturally Treating Stains

The best thing for stains is to treat them RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT RUB or try and wipe away the stain. Simply remove the sheets from the bed and run the stain immediately under COLD WATER. Cold water prevents the stain from setting. Once the stain is rinsed off you will be able to better assess the situation. We recommend using a little dish soap or a shout or tide stick (in which case rubbing is permitted). Place the sheets immediately in the laundry and wash with baking soda and vinegar.

 

THE WHITE BEDDING RULES

  • Remember to always remove your make-up before climbing into bed
  • Wash your sheets frequently to prevent your natural body oils and sweat from setting
  • Deal with spills or stains immediately
  • Never wash with colours

 

Naturally Restoring Your White Sheets

It is common that with frequent use your sheets may turn from bright white to dull white. This is simply from make-up, body oils, sweat and is simple to fix. 

Solution 1: Bathtime for Your Bedding

Fill your tub with warm/hot water and add natural lemon juice (juice of one lemon should do) and soak your bedding overnight. Followed by your regular washing routine.

 Solution 2: Add Lemon Juice to Your Wash

Simply add 1/2 a cup of fresh lemon juice to your regular wash cycle instead of bleach.

If you have any additional questions about the wash or care of our bedding please reach out to us at hello@rainandrowe.com

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