How to Wash Bamboo Sheets

The popularity of bamboo sheets is skyrocketing with every passing day due to their unique features.

  • Soft and cozy
  • Highly absorbent
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Adapts to changing temperature
Bamboo Sheet

Learning the correct way to wash and care for these luxurious sheets is the key to an extended lifespan.

Luckily, the washing procedure is straightforward and effortless.

Washing Bamboo Sheets

Although the fabric of a bamboo sheet is delicate, it is effortless to wash in the house either by hand or by a washer.

Getting Stains out of Bamboo Sheets

It is inevitable to find stains on your bed sheets. Getting stains out of bamboo sheets before they set or spread to other areas is crucial in maintaining their look and feel.

Simple stain removal products will suffice for spot cleaning and soaking.

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is a simple stain removal that does not require washing afterward – for tiny stains on the sheets.

Items like white vinegar, stain remover, and mild detergent are suitable for spot cleaning.


  • Remove excess stains with a spoon, blunt knife, or paper towel.
  • Sprinkle the stained areas with cold water to make them damp.
  • Pour the recommended amount of stain remover on the stained areas and work it into the fabric with your fingers.
  • Leave the treatment to soak for ten minutes.
  • Rinse the treated areas.
  • Wash the sheets if preferred; otherwise, leave them to air-dry.


You should soak the bamboo sheets if there are massive stains like yellowing on white sheets. Soaking will enable the cleaning agent to loosen the sheets’ stains, making them easy to remove when washing the bamboo sheets.

Items like oxygen bleach, detergent, lemon juice, etc., are suitable for soaking.


  • Remove excess stains with a spoon, blunt knife, or paper towel.
  • Fill a sizable bowl or bucket with cold water.
  • Pour the stain remover into the water and stir till it dissolves.
  • Submerge the bamboo sheets into the mixture.
  • Leave the sheets to soak for an hour or whatever the recommendation suggests.
  • Afterward, wash the bamboo sheets.

Machine Washing Bamboo Sheets

Bamboo Sheets
  • Load the Bamboo Sheets

First, sort the bamboo sheets into colors to prevent the color transfer from dark-colored sheets to light-colored ones.

Place the bamboo sheets in the washer, separate from other clothing. Mixing the sheets with other clothing can cause damage because of fabric differences and snagging caused by buttons, zippers, and hooks.

Also, don’t wash your bamboo sheets with towels and blankets; lint from those clothes can transfer and stick to the sheets.

Avoid overloading the washer. The bamboo sheets should move freely in the washer to allow for better washing.

  • Select the Correct Washing Settings

Placing bamboo sheets in the washer is risky, but you combat the risk by selecting the correct washing setting.

Bamboo sheet washer settings
Bamboo sheet washer settings

Use a “gentle/delicate” or “permanent press” wash cycle for your bamboo sheets because they utilize slow spin speeds, short wash periods, and reduced agitation. This washing environment is suitable for delicate bamboo fabrics to avoid shrinking, wrinkling, tears, loss of absorbency, and a shortened lifespan.

You should also use cold water to wash bamboo sheets to avoid these damages.

Choosing the correct washing settings is crucial to the bamboo sheets’ care and maintenance, so you should read the attached care label and follow the recommended instructions.

  • Use the Correct Detergent

The detergent you choose is the other part of the maintenance tips, whether using a washer or hand washing.

Choose the detergent that will thoroughly wash the bamboo sheets while catering to its delicate fabrics. Several mild detergents exist solely for these fabrics.

Account for the water temperature used for washing the sheets and how it can affect the functionality of the detergent.

A liquid laundry detergent is better than powdered ones for washing sheets because it dissolves effortlessly and doesn’t leave behind residue that can affect the sheets. However, if you use powdered detergent, dissolve it in water before pouring it into the washer. Ensure to use the correct amount of detergent because too much will damage the bamboo sheets.

Avoid fabric softeners and bleach when washing bamboo sheets because they can cause damage and ruin the sheet’s absorbency.

Use oxygen bleach if you must bleach the bamboo sheets, especially when white sheets turn yellow.

  • Start the Wash Cycle

When the rinse cycle starts, pour ½ cup of white vinegar inside the washer. Although this step is optional, it can help maintain the softness of the sheets and remove any leftover residue from the detergent.

  • Dry the Sheets

Immediately after the wash cycle ends, remove the bamboo sheets from the washer. Leaving the sheets in the washer for a while can cause color bleeding, wrinkles, creases, loss of absorbency, etc.

Hand Washing Bamboo Sheets

Follow the instructions stated for machine washing, including water temperature, choice of detergent, and other laundry additives.

  • Sort your bamboo sheets into smaller loads for washing.
  • Fill a sizable bowl or bathtub with cold water.
  • Pour a mild liquid laundry detergent into the water and stir till it mixes.
  • Place the sheets into the water; ensure the water covers them well.
  • Leave the sheets to soak for 20 to 30 minutes before washing.
  • Gently wash the bamboo sheets with minimal wringing and squeezing.
  • Rinse the sheets till there is no soap left.
  • Dry the sheets immediately after washing.

How to Dry Bamboo Sheets

Hold the bamboo sheets carefully when you remove them from the washer to avoid tearing the fabric, which is even more delicate when wet.

Air-Drying the Bamboo Sheets

Hanging the bamboo to air-dry is the ideal drying method to guarantee the fabrics’ protection.

Spread the sheets on a clothesline outside, preferably under direct sunlight, for an even drying experience. Conversely, if you don’t have access to outside drying, hang the sheets on a drying rack indoors; ensure the room has proper ventilation.

Tumble Drying the Bamboo Sheets

Like the washer, there are settings you should select when placing bamboo sheets in the dryer. Choose the low heat setting, delicate drying, or air-fluff setting to preserve the softness of the sheets.

Toss a few wool dryer balls into the dryer to reduce drying time, eliminate static, and prevent wrinkles.

Remove the bamboo sheets while damp and line dry them for better wrinkle prevention.

How to Care for Bamboo Sheets

Care for Bamboo Sheets
  • Wash Frequency

Wash your bamboo sheets weekly for proper care, maintenance, and good hygiene. Spot clean stains the instant they happen, or they will be hard to remove.

  • Store your Bamboo Sheets Properly

Your bamboo sheets should be dry before you place them in storage; storage should be well-ventilated. Fold your sheets but do not make sharp creases; they can damage the fabric.

Also, place the bamboo sheets in a breathable bag, preferably made of bamboo fabric, but not plastic bags, because they can trap moisture that causes mildew and discoloration.

  • Iron your Bamboo Sheets

An advantage of bamboo sheets is their ability to straighten out wrinkles. After washing bamboo sheets, hang them on a clothesline or a drying rack to remove any stubborn wrinkles.

However, if you have to iron the sheets, use the lowest heat or cold iron when they are damp. High heat will burn the fabric creating patches or discoloration.

Using steam to iron the sheets is unnecessary unless the sheets are dry.

  • Repair Tears

When repairing any tears or patches on the sheets, use a sharp needle and polyester thread to prevent damaging the sheets further.

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