Considering rain and lack of sunshine can make bulky bedding difficult to dry, keeping your bed clean and dust mite free requires a little extra work – here’s how to make it happen.
Washing your bedding in summer is easy peasy, but when the colder months set in, with their rain and lack of sunshine, getting it all dry in time for bed can be mission impossible.
With an average of 10 million dust mites living inside your bed waiting to trigger allergies and itching, leaving it until the warm weather resurfaces is not recommended, meaning once the wet sets in, you’ll need to know how to dry those big fluffy doonas, mattress protectors and your pillows.
Understand how often it needs to be done
Not all bedding requires a weekly wash – in fact only your sheets, doona covers and pillowcases do. Given each item is bulky and requires a lot of drying space, your best bet is to stagger wash week when it’s really wet and you’re not likely to see a sunny day for weeks. Doonas and blankets need to be washed around once a month, as do pillows, pillow protectors and mattress protectors.
Set a weather alarm for good weather so you can plan ahead
Another option is to set a weather alert for upcoming sunny days and plan ahead to wash as many items as you can. Alternatively, check out the Bureau of Meteorology’s site at the start of the week.
Ensure you get as much water out as you can when washing
If your bedding doesn’t fit in your washing machine, and a laundromat is not an option, you’ll need to hand wash in your bathtub. This means no spin cycle to efficiently get as much water out as possible. Clean your feet and pop into the tub and stomp out as much water as you possibly can.
Beware the dryer
There are two big issues with winter drying, the first being few domestic dryers are large enough to fit bulkier bedding. The second issue, whether you use a dryer at home or you head to the bigger machines at the laundromat, is many types of bedding will shrink from high heats. Always check the care instructions and follow it to the letter. If it can’t go in the dryer, you’ll need to find a way to hang it up to dry.
Keep a couple of foldable drying racks
This will allow you to set them out to dry indoors while you’re at work on rainy days. Having two means being able to hang the item out completely flat and allow air to circulate underneath, essential to getting it completely dry. If you can use an outdoor line without risk of rain, hang doonas and mattress protectors over at least three rungs to allow air to circulate.
Wash bedding early in the morning as you’ll need all day to get them totally dry
If you’re short on sunny days and time in the morning to wash before work, prioritise pillows as they take the longest to dry and therefore need the sunshine – indoor drying can take days to dry, and you risk mould developing in the middle, depending on the type of pillow you have.
If all else fails and you have the budget, use a professional dry cleaner through the winter months, or stock a second of everything – making sure your selection is dryer friendly!