If laundry day wasn't enough of a hassle, when you unload those freshly cleaned garments, you inevitably encounter a wrangled, twisted mess of a fitted sheet. Anyone who intuitively knows how to fold a fitted sheet neatly must be superhuman—it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But there is a key… and today, we're here to show you how to make origami out of your bed linens—almost.
Follow these six steps to tame your fitted sheet, courtesy of Kaye:
Step 1: Place your sheet on a flat surface, with fitted corners up.
Step 2: Fold the sheet in half horizontally.
Step 3: Tuck the top fitted corners into the bottom fitted corners.
Step 4: Fold the sheet again lengthwise, so all four corners are stacked.
Step 5: Again, place the top set of corners into the bottom set.
Step 6: Fold the sheet in half (as many times as you’d like).
Care For It
Care labels provide a good basic starting point, but Kaye says a few additional steps will help prolong the longevity of your linen. "To maintain the premium quality of your linens, avoid harsh liquid and powdered detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets and bleaching agents because these coat and weaken natural fibers," she tells MyDomaine. "Also keep your bedding away from household cleaners and personal care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids because they prevent discoloration."
It's also crucial to wash them regularly (yes, even bulky duvets). "If a duvet insert is not properly cleaned and dried, the down filling can pool or clump," she explains. "I recommend leaving the comforter out to air dry after running it through the dry cycle to ensure there are no remaining damp sections."
According to Kaye, you should wash sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers every seven to 10 days, and inserts and mattress pads every three to six months. "I suggest washing your utility items (like pillows, duvet inserts, and toppers) at the start of each season as a way to maintain a regular cleaning schedule," she says.
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