Spring Cleaning

9 Parts of Your Bed that Need Deep Cleaning (Even After You’ve Washed the Sheets)

published Mar 31, 2021
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Spring cleaning is different than routine cleaning. Instead of wiping down counters or swishing the toilet with a brush — things that you do more often than once a year — we’re digging in on lesser-cleaned areas like the window tracks and the inside of the oven.

But you can also channel your spring cleaning energy towards the things you clean every day — just cleaning them deeper and more thoroughly than usual.

That’s what today’s all about. Let’s jump in…

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Day 17: Wash the lesser-washed linens and and sheets.

You wash your sheets often enough. But do you wash all of them? Consider the parts of your bedding that don’t get regular attention, and give them a clean-up today.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • Decorative pillow sham covers
  • Decorative throw pillows
  • Pillow covers/protectors
  • Your pillows and inserts themselves (they can go in the washing machine!)
  • Decorative blankets, throws, coverlets, or bed scarves
  • The comforter insert
  • Mattress cover/protector or topper
  • Your bed skirt or dust ruffle
  • The extra sets of sheets that have been collecting dust in your closet

If you wash any or all of these regularly, you get a gold star and a day off spring cleaning if you want it!

If not, take today to wash a few of the lesser-washed extras of your bedding situation. Refer to the tags for cleaning instructions, but many of these items can be washed in your regular laundry machine, or cleaned with a good soak with some oxygen bleach before air-drying.

Things like comforters and pillows take a long while to dry, so fit this in whenever you can. If you can’t make it happen right now, put it on your list for a weekend soon.

Taryn's Tips

The best fix for discolored white linens is a long soak with some oxygen bleach. Or try bluing solution, which imparts a slight blue tint to fabrics to balance any yellow staining.

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