Talking Sheet with Brooklinen: When to Refresh and Replace Your Family’s Linens
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Mary Alice Martin is a birth and postpartum doula in Houston, Texas. She is currently studying to be a midwife (hatching 2018!). Academically, she studies documentary films and their effect on our perceptions of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in the United States. She is passionate about women’s health, yoga, and evidence-based birth!
This post is sponsored by Brooklinen but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
All photos by Creative Clicks Photography.
You spend one third of your life sleeping. That’s a lot of life! And where do you usually sleep? Your bed. And what’s on your bed? Your sheets. Yes, you spend 1/3 of your life in between your sheets. Add to that time spent snuggling your little ones and fur babies, eating a midnight snack, or enjoying your coffee in bed.
Our linens: sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, and towels are essentials of family life.
It takes a little less than a week to dirty a set of linens. As you sleep, sweat and oils secrete from your skin. Flakes of skin, aka dust, accumulate on your sheets. And you know who love flakes of skin? Dust mites. Gross.
Oh, and notice a breakout on your forehead? Try and remember last time you washed your pillowcases.
Do your kids leave towels piled on top of one another or left to dry in a bathroom with poor ventilation? Those can easily begin to mildew.
As moms busy working, raising little ones, and cleaning the house–it can be difficult to create rhythms for washing and replacing our linens regularly, but trust us, it’s worth it!
Avoid the dust mites–replace and refresh with these tips:
- Wash your sheets weekly or whenever there are visible stains. Wash in warm, instead of hot, water to avoid damage, and turn your pillowcases inside out.
- Be sure your sheets are completely dry before folding and storing in your linen closet to avoid mildew growth.
- Expect your sheets to last about two years, after that the fibers will start to break down from washing and drying, and it will be time to replace your sheets.
Comforter and duvet cover:
- In Europe, it’s common to forgo a top sheet. Feeling European? Wash your duvet cover weekly, otherwise, monthly is fine.
- Because it often support the weight of our bodies, your duvet cover should last 12-25 years. Refresh it every few months by hanging it on a clothesline or fluffing it up in the dryer.
Can’t kick the mildew smell of your towels? Sprinkle baking soda on them before washing and kiss the stink goodbye.
Want to add in some extra freshness? Try line drying your linens! It will make them smell gorgeous and can extend the life of the fibers by avoiding the dryer. If you crave the fluffiness, you can toss them into the dryer for about 10 minutes for a boost.
Now that you understand how important it is to have clean, quality sheets and towels for the whole family and that you need to be washing them at least once a week, I have some good news. There is a beautiful, affordable way to do this.
I’ve been sleeping on Brooklinen sheets for over 2 years now, and I will never go back to the so-called luxury brands again. Founded in 2014, Brooklinen is a direct to consumer linen company, producing high quality products without the high quality pricing.
Let me just tell you, I’ve had the best sleeps on these sheets. You know that feeling when you crawl into a really really nice hotel bed where the sheets somehow manage to be crisp and cozy simultaneously? That’s what it feels like every night for me! And after a long day of work and taking care of the kids, we know that all moms and dads need and deserve a quality and cozy place to rest their heads at night.
Brooklinen’s designs are classic, and they make bedding for the entire family with twin to California king–even a twin XL for the college kids! Because they’re affordable, it’s perfectly reasonable to have 2 sets for each bed, making it possible to avoid the nastiness we discussed earlier. So after you’ve spent a week getting croissant crumbs, breast milk, dog fur, and postpartum night sweats all over your bedding, you’ll be able to throw your sheets in the hamper and make up your bed with a spare set. I don’t know about you, but this is a big win for me; there’s nothing more stressful than feeling like I have to wash the sheets right now while the bed hangs out naked. You need a spare set of sheets.
After four amazing years of bedding, they’ve expanded into my second favorite linen. These are the coziest, fluffiest towels I have ever felt made of 100% Turkish cotton. Plus, they come in all the sizes including a hand towel, washcloth, bath towel, bath sheet, and a bath mat. Have you ever dried off with a Turkish cotton bath sheet? It’s like a huge fluffy blanket, and it’s ah-mazing.
You can wrap a bath sheet around your body (and not accidentally flash the neighbors), a bath towel around your head, and your feet will be dry and cozy on your bath mat, too. Perfect for when you actually do have the time to hop in the shower or soak in a nice bath. Score.
I’ve given y’all a lot of good news (besides the dust mites, but we’ve addressed solutions to that one!), and best of all? Brooklinen is offering $20 off + free shipping for Baby Chick readers with code Baby20. Yipeee! Pro tip: check out the Hardcore Sheet Bundle and the Complete Towel Bundle for optimum refreshment.