Our Guide to Washing & Pressing Organic Cotton Sheets

Our Guide to Washing & Pressing Organic Cotton Sheets

Bedsheets made from organic cotton are luxurious and comfortable. These are a great way to ensure a good night’s sleep. Beddings with materials like kapok fibre filling have a fine and lightweight feel, making them both soft and breathable. They are also machine-washable safe and are hypoallergenic, which makes them great for babies and people with dust allergies.

Organic sheets, however, do need a bit more care in washing and pressing. Since they are made of a more delicate, silky type of cotton, you have to exercise caution when cleaning this type of material. Here are a few tips on the proper care and storage of organic bedcovers.

1. Wash these sheets gently

Combining organic sheets with other laundry stuff can cause piling. The fabric is so soft that it can be abraded by tougher fabrics during the wash. On your washing machine, only use the modes that say ‘gentle,’ ‘hand wash,’ ‘delicate,’ or similar. Any more and the sheets can cause piling on itself. These types of fabric should also be washed within a water temperature range of 30ºC to 40ºC. Anything higher than this will damage the fibres and even shrink the fabric.

You must also use half of the amount of detergent you would use for a similar load. This is enough to clean your sheets and will help reduce the amount of piling the soap can cause. Refrain from using bleach or its alternatives, as this will only discolour the fabric. Fabric softener is often unnecessary for organic cloth, as the washing process is enough to stimulate the fibres and encourage softening. On the contrary, a fabric softener might even cause the cotton to lose its sheen.

2. Immediately dry the sheets outdoors

As soon as you finish washing your beddings, remove them to prevent them from creasing. Since the fabric is very soft, leaving them folded up for long periods might cause near-permanent wrinkles on the surfaces. Air-dry the sheets, as this will help remove the majority of the creases and will not hurt the fabric as much as tumble drying would. If it is not possible to dry outdoors, use the lowest possible temperature on the tumble dryer. 

Do not place them under direct sunlight, because this will bleach the fabric and cause it to turn light yellow. Place it under a shade and let the wind do most of the drying. Once your sheets are completely dry, shake them to prevent wrinkles from forming.

3. Use a steamer for your organic sheets

Unlike other types of cotton, organic sheets are not treated with anti-wrinkle chemicals. This means they are prone to creasing. If you are the type who favours a distressed, lived-in aesthetic for their bedroom, then this should not be much of an issue, and you can proceed to dress your bed. If you favour a streamlined look, though, you can iron your sheets. The best iron to use on organic beddings is a steamer. 

A steamer does not produce the same amount of heat as a flat iron, and it can be used to spot treat only the areas with excessive creasing. If a steamer is unavailable, though, a regular iron is fine, as long as you keep the setting on low.

When ironing organic fabrics, refrain from using conditioners and bleachers. You must also avoid using on your sheets products that contain phosphates, paraben, phthalates, brighteners, stabilizers, cleaning agents or heavy fragrances.


Using kapok fibre sheets will be a good investment for anyone who puts a premium on comfort. Organic materials are durable and soft and are worth the effort they take to maintain.

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