How to wash these?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
March 25, 2013 2:28pm CST
I got new bedsheets and a comforter, and I was trying to read the instructions but I know new things can shrink, run and so on. I dont want this to happen, but it doesnt say how to actually wash them. Should I do them in hot water like I normally do? Can I add other things to it or just wash the sheets alone the first time? Is there a special way to wash new sheets?
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@kprofgames (3023)
• United States
26 Mar 13
Anything new I wash in cold water with light detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Vinegar will set the color so it won't bleed. Tumble on low heat. After a few washings you can up it to warm water without fear of shrinkage.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I never knew that about vinegar, something new. I use vinegar all the time to clean with.
• United States
26 Mar 13
Works wonders for your colors. Keeps them from fading and they last longer. Clothes are expensive
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I never knew that, I will have to try it. My clothes always fade, and I never figured a way to stop it.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
25 Mar 13
I think the temperature doesn't so much matter if it's just cotton sheets, but you do want to wash them alone the first time. I know I've had blankets like sheep type that the first wash was I believe cold and the rest warmer water. http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/laundry/wash-your-sheets-10000000684315/ That is a link to tips on washing sheets.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I will have to look at the link. The instructions said hot, but when I asked a few people they said no cold so they dont shrink. I gave up and brought them to my grandma to wash.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
26 Mar 13
Grandma's always seem to know things like that.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
Oh yea, she has this magic touch. She caan wash anything or get any stain out.
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
25 Mar 13
I think I would wash it by itself in cold water. That way it will not shrink but stay it's original size. I hope that you like your new set and that it stays as it is.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Mar 13
I was thinking the same thing, I know they always say to use hot water to disinfect and all that.
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@GardenGerty (93755)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Mar 13
You can use an oxygen based cleaner and disinfect things. Like Oxyclean.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I try not to use chemical based products, I tend to have breakouts. I use to use Oxyclean on my work apron and would break out in rashes.
@GardenGerty (93755)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Mar 13
I would wash the new sheets in warm water, with your usual detergents, etc. before you actually use them. This gets any leftover dye or other chemicals out. I would dry on a medium heat. Same for the comforter. I never use hot on anything except white cleaning rags or white dish rags. I will have to look around and see if you told us what color they are or anything.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Mar 13
Bedsheets & Comforter - bedsheets, and comforter I bought.
The sheets are light purple, and the comforter is white, with streaks of purple and a maroon colour. Ive attached a picture of them.
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@GardenGerty (93755)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Mar 13
They sound really pretty, and I will check the picture out as well.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I could of got a lime green colour . Purples my favourite colour, and I really like the light purple colour. Not a fan of the white comforter though. White and I dont agree.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
I used to handwash our comforters. And we don't have a dryer so they get sun dried. But now I have them laundered by a dry cleaning service. I don't know what they do to it but it's always fluffier. I find it expensive but sometimes I feel it's worth one hassle-free day. And sometimes I feel guilty. But I'm getting so many tips here. Next time I might try using warm water. And maybe they really need to be tumbled dry in high heat so they get fluffy.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I know some comforters are dry clean only, the one I got is rather cheap. I took it to my grandma to wash, she never shrinks anything, or discolours it. I love drying it outside with the sun and wind, gives it this fresh smell no other place can.
• United States
25 Mar 13
I wash in cold water. It should say on a tag how to wash. It does on the ones I buy.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I brought them to my Grandma to wash the first time. For me they would blow and catch fire haha. She washed them, and said now I can wash them my disgusting way, I throw everything in one load and wash not seperating the colours.
@Blondie2222 (19951)
• United States
25 Mar 13
I always wash them in cold water and then tumble dry low. If you do it on hot heat it will shrink up. Or you could always go to the laundromat and wash them in the big washers there so they don't ruin. I do that sometimes too. Good luck
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
They fit in the front loading machine. I got my grandma to do it, as the washing instructions on them said hot water.
@WakeUpKitty (8709)
• Netherlands
25 Mar 13
I don't know of what kind of cloth/material your new sheets are made of. Mostly new ones you only need to wash once in lukewarm water. Same with new towels. If the water is lukewarm it won't shrunk. Only sheets made of 100% cotton are able to shrunk but only if the water temp is too high. But I wonder if there are still sheets made that way. Most sheets you don't need to iron anymore if you hang them out in the right way, which means they "changed"/prepared the cloth or it's not 100% cotton anymore.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Mar 13
They are 60% cotton, 40% polyester, they are 200 thread count.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
25 Mar 13
All of my sheets say to wash in warm water. Most of these sheets are 500 to 600 thread count. I wouldn't wash them in hot water because they could definitely shrink or depending on the quality the dye could run. I would wash the sheets separate from the comforter for sure unless you have a washer that can hold a big bulky comforter and sheets, I don't have a big enough washer for all of that at one time.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Mar 13
The Comforter is white and purple, so that was what I was worried about. The sheets are 200 threads count 60% cotton, and 40% polyester.