Only Buy White Sheets- a Decorator’s Staple

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Let me share with you why I only use white sheets in our home – and how I keep them from getting dingy.

I absolutely consider white sheets a staple in my household. It’s all we use in our day to day lives, and I’ll share a few of my reasons why!

Here’s a taste of the white bedding charm by Bright Bazaar Blog:

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Before I share my reasons for using only white sheets, though, I do want to say there is a time and place for “fun” sheets! (So take heart if the idea of all white sheets is a shock to your system!) The times I’m most likely to use printed or colorful sheets are for sleep over guests, or for seasonal flannel sheets in the winter.

There’s just something about a cheerful and fun color or print option when you have a guest staying over.

|Now, there’s some uproar about colorful sheets in the “hospitality industry”, like if you host air bnb guests. If I were in a situation where I would have different people in and out staying over in the same bed – I’d actually probably still stick with my white sheets because of the ease at which they can be thoroughly clean and kept looking pristine and clean without fading and bleeding colors.

For our family’s guests, who are usually close friends or family, I’m not as concerned about needing that level of sophistication.|

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My other deviation from my all-white sheets focus is in the winter – because there’s not much that beats soft cozy flannel sheets on a cold night.

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Why I Love Our All-White Sheets:

First, I think they create the perfect foundation when selecting bedding and pillows for any bedroom.

Can you think of a duvet that wouldn’t look spectacular with white sheets? Neither can I!

I’ve also found they’re easy to get pretty inexpensively! Every time I’m out thrifting (either second hand stores or at garage sales) I check through the linens, and will snap up white sheets whenever I find any that are nice quality.

Not all sheets are created equal, so I do the “fabric feel” test before I buy to make sure that they feel heavy and soft – kind of the perfect combination when you’re thinking about sheets, am I right?

Look at this beautiful crisp white bed from Twelve on Main.

White Bedding by Twelve on Main

The great thing about using all white is that you don’t necessarily have to buy them as matched sets. You can get a nice white fitted sheet at a garage sale one day, and a nice white flat sheet at Goodwill another, but when it’s all said and done, your bed still looks put together and finished, and you’re out maybe $5!

Just make sure to know the sizes you need and to check the sizes before buying! We have only twin and queen sizes beds in our house, so I know to only buy sheets in those sizes.

| If you’re a thrifter, make sure you pick up a copy of my Thrifting Checklist which details all the things I look for whenever I’m out at garage sales or 2nd hand stores. |

I also love the simplicity and vintage feel of white sheets! Modern designs can certainly be charming and fun, but I’d rather my bedding tell a more subtle story that doesn’t compete with the look and feel of the rest of our room.

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One of the biggest things I love about them is how easy they are to clean!

I know that sounds counter productive when you think about the idea of white and how it’s usually known as something hard to maintain.

But trust me on this! We have animals galore, 4 teenagers, and this trick I’ll share with you still manages to keep our whites bright and fresh.

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There are two main ways to clean white sheets.

The first is probably the one that’s the more commonly known : Bleach and Hot water.

I’m personally not a fan of bleach – both the smell and how harsh it is on fabrics, but if you are on a septic system, bleach is a no-no!

That leads me to my method, which is to use Oxiclean-White Revive!

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| If you’ve been around a while, you know this is also my product of choice when I wanted to remove the yellow tint from my IKEA curtains, and when I’m cleaning any of our white upholstery. |

How to Get Bright White Sheets:

When I have sheets that need extra attention that a general wash in our front load washer won’t tackle, I stick to this method.

I add 1 scoop of the oxiclean white revive powder into our utility sink and add the hottest water our tap can provide.

Then I channel my best pioneer woman strength and resolve, and I dip and dunk the sheets in and out of the water 70 times.

Yes, you read that right – 70 times.

But think of it this way, I’m working pretty quickly, which equates to only about 1-2 minutes of dunking!

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It’s actually pretty satisfying (and a little gross) to do, because you can see the water changing colors as it pulls the grime and oils out of the sheets – which is good news!

If the sheets are just a regular amount of dirty, I usually just do this process once, then straight into the washer with my favorite Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent and call it a day.

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If they’re like, summer, forgot to change the sheets in the teenage boy’s room sheets, then they will get a repeat soak/dunk process, sometimes multiple times. You can also leave them to soak overnight before the first dunk process when you know ahead of time that they’re on the grimy side.

Then, once they’re soaked/dunked and put through their regular wash cycle, my last favorite tip is to line dry them whenever possible!

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The sun has amazing bleaching and disinfectant properties, and there is nothing quite like the actual smell of sunshine that is infused in freshly line dried sheets. Pure bliss.

I like to shake my sheets out well, fold them in half length wise, and then clip both ends to the line. Then you just leave them there and let the sun do it’s thing.

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If you’re ready to take the plunge – here are some great white sheet options:

I love hearing your thoughts about this kind of thing – what camp are you a part of, do you love white sheets, or are you colorful sheets gal?

What are your best laundering tips for your sheets?

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I also wanted to share that our iron bed is still on sale! If you’ve wanted a bed like this, now’s the time! There are multiple colors in the standard bed sizes, but some are going out of stock, so don’t wait too long!

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  1. Caryn
    August 14, 2020 / 11:26 AM

    We use to have a clothes line just like yours but someone thought it was better to remove it:( wish it were still there. It’s nice to air dry things sometimes. Thank you so much for all the tips on the sheets & towels. I might have to rethink my next purchase. I was wondering if you could share your makeup routine with us. You always look so fresh & not over done. Am interested in knowing what colors you use & if it’s drugstore or name brand. Love watching your videos & can’t wait to see what’s next! Blessings to you & your family..

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 16, 2020 / 12:59 AM

      Oh, what a bummer about the clothes line. I think you makeup idea is a great one, I have been asked this several time. I have hesitated because my blog is not about makeup, BUT if you have Instagram, I am thinking I will share in the stories and see how that goes;

  2. Julie Sander
    August 16, 2020 / 7:18 AM

    I love collecting vintage linens & during the quarantine, I cleaned all of them, first by soaking them in “Retro Clean” a product to revitalize vintage linens (I am a quilter & bought my first bag ages ago at a quilt shop but it is available on Amazon). Then I folded them in acid free paper & put them in a dresser with notes on top of each bundle telling the contents & where I got them. This makes it easy to find what I am looking for & my daughters to know they are documented so when it’s time for them to look at our estate for what to keep & what to sell, they’ll know the family items from garage sale items. I try to use most everything I have by switching things out! Almost all of these items are white!

  3. Sarah
    August 17, 2020 / 6:48 PM

    Hi Sarah!

    I only use white sheets and towels as well.

    For the past 12 years, I have added baking soda to my wash cycle (about 3/4 cup when washing sheets and towels). Baking soda is inexpensive, natural, easy and great for keeping the washing machine clean.

    Thank you for your sweet spirit and I always enjoy when you incorporate the color “green”!

  4. Cindi Brewer
    August 19, 2020 / 9:40 AM

    Me too! Love everything white! Thank you also for the laundry tips! Especially since I use self tanner and it stains the sheets. Oh dear. Wish I had a clothesline, I use to love that smell and feel.

    I wonder if you have a trick or cleaning tip on how to get my white porcelain sink white again with no build up. We live on well and septic system.

    • Sarah
      August 21, 2020 / 12:17 PM

      Pumice stone… doesn’t scratch porcelain and is “all natural” (made from volcanic rock).

  5. August 21, 2020 / 6:50 AM

    I hesitate to go all white due to mechanic grease and farmers dirt. I’d love to know how dirty your white sheets can get before they are cleaned.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 22, 2020 / 3:35 PM

      I’d probably recommend using darker color or disposable towels, possibly at a utility sink for washing hands covered in grease or tough messes! At least as the first resort for getting the thickest layers of grime off!

  6. September 11, 2020 / 12:43 PM

    I love my white sheets and they make the perfect backdrop to any color or pattern duvet or comforter I choose to use. I like to switch them out with each season 🙂

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