There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect sheets for your bed. Do you want something soft and cozy, or something crisp and cool? Are you looking for a natural fiber like cotton, or something synthetic like polyester?
One option you might not have considered is bamboo sheets. Bamboo is a sustainable resource that grows quickly and doesn't require pesticides or fertilizers. It's also hypoallergenic and antibacterial, making it a good choice for people with allergies or sensitivities. But how does bamboo bedding compare to cotton? Let's take a look.
Bamboo Sheets Vs. Cotton Sheets
Let's get one thing straight: bamboo and cotton sheets both hold many benefits. They're both incredibly soft, extremely durable, and take part in allowing you to get a good night's rest. But depending on the kind of sleeper you are, you may want to opt for bamboo bedding products for the reasons below.
Struggle With Night Sweats?
When it comes to softness, cotton sheets are just that. However, bamboo sheets are softer than cotton sheets, and they're also more absorbent. Bamboo is a natural moisture-wicking fiber, so it's great for people who sweat during the night. It has the ability to absorb sweat and
Bamboo sheets are also cooler than cotton sheets, making them a good choice in hot weather. Cotton sheets can get quite warm and sticky during the summer months. Bamboo is a thermo-regulating fiber, so it helps to regulate your body temperature while you sleep. What other breathable fabric can both cool down and heat up your body effectively?
Another benefit of bamboo sheets is that they're naturally resistant to bacteria and mold. This makes them a good choice for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Cotton sheets can often be a haven for allergens like dust mites and pet dander. So, if you want soft, comfortable sheets that will stay fresh and clean, bamboo is the right choice for you.
Do Bamboo Sheets Wrinkle?
The only downside of bamboo sheets is that they tend to wrinkle more than cotton fabric does. But this is an easy fix - just wash them and iron them and they're good to go again! They un-wrinkle very easily by both hand, and iron. However, because they wrinkle easily, it's best not to store them shoved in a bag, cardboard box or container in a closet. They should be stored where air can get at them easily. Just simply fold them up and put them on a shelf that isn't near anything that could heat them up or that gets direct sunlight. We also always recommend hanging drying bamboo sheets to avoid wrinkles or putting them in the dryer with a wrinkle-shield setting. We recommend taking out the bamboo sheets and pillowcases immediately after the drying cycle is done (rather than letting them sit) and fitting them on the bed.
Washing Your Bamboo Bed Sheets
There are certain rules of thumb you should follow when it comes to washing bamboo sheet sets.
First of all, yes, bamboo sheets are machine washing and drying friendly, but they should only be washed in cold water. Once they come out of the washer, you may notice them feeling a bit stiff, but this is actually completely normal. They'll go back to their luxurious feel once dry. You can either hang dry them or put them in the dryer on low heat with the tumble dry setting.
When it comes to how often you should wash your bamboo sheets, it's recommended to do this once a week (every 7 days). This is especially true if you suffer from allergies. It doesn't matter what type of sheets you have; bamboo, cotton or linen sheets, they all collect bacteria, fecal matter, dust, body oils, crumbs, and dirty pet hair and drool. In fact, if you have pets, it's actually recommended to wash your sheets every 3-4 days instead.
Are Bamboo Bed Sheets Eco-Friendly?
Yes, in fact, bamboo sheets are environmentally friendly. Any bamboo-based fabric is!
The bamboo plant is a sustainable resource and it grows quickly without the need for pesticides or fertilizers. Bamboo fabric is also biodegradable, so it can be composted at the end of its life cycle. Cotton sheets, on the other hand, are not biodegradable and can take centuries to decompose in a landfill.
Bamboo sheets are also more energy-efficient than cotton sheets because bamboo fabric requires less energy to produce. This makes them better for the environment and for your wallet!
Is Cotton Bad For The Environment?
Growing cotton can actually be bad for the environment because of the amount of water consumed, soil degradation, and the use of pesticides and fertilizers. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, cotton productions include three of the most harmful chemicals that lead to a decline in farmers' health and nearby villagers, and negatively affect drinking water. However, you can easily support ethically sourced and grown organic cotton farmers by paying close attention to the labels of your cotton clothes or sheets.
So ... Should You Buy Bamboo VS. Cotton Sheets?
Regular cotton can trap heat, a major con if you're a hot sleeper. Cotton can also be very harmful to the environment, another major con if you're an environmentalist looking to reduce their carbon footprint and purchase responsibly.
But, if you throw off intense body heat and need cooling sheets OR if you're really chilly at night, bamboo sheets are the right bedding option for you. Plus, they're naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, don't contain harmful chemicals, and are environmentally friendly. You can have a better night's rest knowing no chemicals were added to your bamboo linen and that the bamboo was grown and harvested sustainably. This is due to the fact that bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth. Did you know that a single Moso bamboo shoot can grow almost one metre in a single day? There are more than 1,000 varieties of bamboo, all of which grow at rapid rates.
Shop Our Sheet Sets Today
Here at Snoozy Monk, a proud Canadian company, we're firm believers that a new bamboo sheet set can make all the difference in the world to your sleep and the environment. This is why we sell 100% bamboo rayon duvets, sheets, and pillowcases. Tired of always having white or cream sheets? We also have Tiffany blue and silver grey. Double/Full, Queen and King sizes are available. If you need help shopping for the perfect product, reach out to our team who will happily assist you and answer any of your questions.