How to Wash Sheets — And the Mistakes You Might Be Making

There is nothing more frustrating than to have stains and dirt on your bed sheets. Here are instructions how to wash sheets and how often do you need to wash them.

There’s nothing better than sliding into a bed covered in freshly washed sheets, but getting to that end-of-day treat certainly takes effort. Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, shared her advice for how to wash this bedding essential and help extend their lifetime. The first step: Making sure you have these cleaners on hand.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Shout Advanced Ultra Gel ($3,
  • Gain Liquid Detergent ($9,

Now it’s time to get to work.

How to Wash Sheets

Sheets don’t wear like your gym shorts or jeans, but you do spend a lot of time in them — and night after night, germs, sweat and body oils accumulate quickly. “The longest you should wait before changing out your sheets is two weeks,” says Forte. “Weekly is even better.”

“If there are no stains, there’s no need pretreat the sheets,” says Forte. “But it’s always a good idea to check pillowcases for makeup residue. A prewash stain remover like Shout Advanced Ultra Gel can help get any spots out.” Then add detergent, like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Gain Liquid Detergent.

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