Are you guys white bedding people? I definitely am. I looove a crisp white bed – white sheets, white pillow cases, white duvet cover. There is something just so crisp and lovely about that – reminds me of a plush hotel room.
From a design perspective, it also makes it really easy to add different colours to change your bed’s look whether it be for a different season or because you are giving your room a makeover. Adding colourful and patterned throw pillows, shams, and blankets can totally change the look of the bedding while still maintaining that white base.
The only downside to white bedding? The yellowing. I can’t be the only one that this happens to, right? I find that our duvet cover takes a while to look yellowed, but it happens quickly to pillow cases. I put various lotions and potions on my face every night, so I wonder if it has to do with that rubbing off on the linens? Either way, that whole “crisp white bed” feeling goes out the window when I’m hopping into bed with sheets that look like a cat peed on them. Not good. Like I’m pretty embarrassed to even post this picture right now. (I pulled off the top 2 shams so that you can see the really yellowed one underneath)
Reeeeeally doesn’t look appetizing, huh? These twin beds at my parents’ place have the blogger favourite IKEA Ofelia Vass duvet covers. And in case you’re wondering, yes, Daniel and I have been sleeping in twin beds since we’ve been crashing with my parents’ during our renovation. Kinda adds to the whole “we feel like teenagers living with our parents again” kind of thing.
It was time to pull that bedding off and do something about it.
Luckily, through a bit of trial and error, I have found a solution for this white bedding problem – Clorox bleach. Seems obvious, right? Well, I just haven’t been much of a bleach person. Never really used it in my regular laundry. Didn’t feel the need to. But that white bedding of mine (and white towels too, actually) were seriously transformed when I used some Clorox bleach. Like back to their pure white days, straight out of their packaging. Apparently 1/2 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach whitens 2X as much as bargain bleach, and I believe it. It really worked, guys. Here are some more tips on using Clorox bleach to get stains out. The proof? Check out these bright white beauties! Seriously, it was such a treat to hop into my bed last night.
Those particularly bad pillow cases? Totally transformed.
And the other trick to making your bedding feel seriously luxurious? Ironing the sheets. Definitely one of those things that doesn’t make it onto my regular to-do list, but there is something ridiculously lovely about ironed sheets. My relatives in England do this regularly — they actually SEND OUT all of their bedding to get ironed. How amazing is that?
Ironing the sheets might be a rare occurrence in my household, but getting the bedding back to its bright white glory days using Clorox is now a regular event. Do you guys have any cleaning tips or secrets to share? Who does the laundry in your household?
**Disclaimer: This post has been brought to you by Clorox. However, as always, all opinions about this product are totally my own!