How to Care for Your Bamboo Bedding

How to Care for Your Bamboo Bedding

It’s hard to describe just how comfortable bamboo bed sheets are. You’ll understand what we mean the first time you sleep under your new bamboo sheets. When you wake up after a fantastic sleep, you can look forward to doing it all again in a few hours.

After a week or two, it’s time to repay the favour by washing your bamboo sheets. Here’s the good news: caring for bamboo bed sheets is very easy. Even if you need to remove body oil stains, the washing instructions don’t change.


  • Wash on a cool cycle (maximum 30°)
  • Use a mild detergent
  • Don’t use fabric softener or bleach
  • Wash sheets separately, away from zips, buttons or linty fabrics

There you have it, the simple instructions for washing bamboo sheets. Bamboo fibres are resilient and naturally antimicrobial, but harsh chemicals like bleach and fabric softener can degrade the structure, leaving sheets discoloured and limp.

Is it better to wash bamboo bed sheets by hand or machine?

The beauty of bamboo bedding is that it stays soft and luxurious even with regular machine washing. Just be sure to use a gentle spin cycle and low heat for the best results.

Should I wash my new bamboo bed sheets before the first use?

It’s always a good idea to wash sheets before using them the first time. You might be eager to climb between your brand-new bamboo sheets, but the first wash helps to soften the natural fibres and work out any packaging creases.

How to get body oil out of bamboo sheets

It’s natural to sweat while sleeping, especially in the hot Australian summer. Unlike cotton, which requires harsh bleaches and regular spot treatment, you only need eco-friendly detergent to wash sweat stains out of bamboo sheets.

Bleach will harm the natural bamboo fibres. If you encounter stubborn stains, soak your sheets in a chlorine-free enzyme cleaner (3% hydrogen peroxide works) for 15 minutes before washing.

How often should bamboo bed sheets be washed?

Bamboo bed sheets respond well to regular washing. We recommend aiming for once every 7 to 10 days. But if you go a fortnight between washes, that’s reasonable as well.


We’re lucky that we can hang sheets outside to dry almost all year round in Australia. Hang drying is the best option after washing bamboo bed sheets. The air dries the fibres without damaging them, keeping your sheets soft, antibacterial and hypoallergenic for longer.

If you have to use a dryer, use a low delicate setting and retrieve the sheets as soon as the cycle ends.

What about wrinkles?

You may find your sheets wrinkled after using a tumble dryer, which is another reason to hang dry whenever possible. These creases will soften while you sleep.

How to clean bamboo pillows and pillowcases

To wash bamboo pillowcases, simply follow the same instructions as bamboo bed sheets.

Bamboo pillows, however, require a little more manual work. To avoid losing any dreamy springiness, wash bamboo pillows by hand in 30° to 40° water. Add a dash of detergent (2 to 3 tablespoons of eco-friendly liquid detergent is best) and leave it to soak for just a few minutes.

Finally, rinse away the detergent out using warm water, then hang-dry the pillows with your bed sheets and pillowcases.

We know you're busy, and we want to make it easier for you to get the sleep you need. That's why we're offering an additional $10 off your total order when you use the code OLARA10 for our organic bamboo bedding. This is a one-time discount, so order now and save!


Enjoy the softness of bamboo bed sheets for years

Don’t forget to bookmark our guide to caring for bamboo sheets to enjoy soft, durable, and comfortable on sensitive skin for a decade or more.

With the proper care, your eco-friendly OLARA bamboo sheets will keep luxuriously smooth, wash after wash, year after year. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

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