My Annual Bedding Routine


My granddaughter had her first potty training accident today…at my house…while she was taking a pretend nap in my bed.  I didn’t know it until she got up and said, “I peed in the bed.”  I confess.  I freaked out a little.  Not at her – just at the idea that there was toddler pee in my bed.

So I ripped off all the bedding before the pee could soak through to the mattress.  The pee made it all the way down to the mattress topper but not onto the mattress.  Whew!  I wiped up the mattress topper and stripped the bed.  Then I piled the whole mess into the laundry basket and headed downstairs for some serious laundry.

In case you haven’t washed all your bedding in a while, it’s a good idea to periodically wash ALL of it, and if appropriate, turn the mattress.  We have a plain old mattress and box springs and it’s helpful to flip and turn the mattress about once a year (kind of like you rotate the tires on your car).  I’m not sure you do that on the newer sleep number and memory foam mattresses, but you do on the old-fashioned models like we have.

And while you’re at it, go ahead and wash all the bedding.  My bedding laundry included:

  •           Mattress Pad
  •           Sheets (I wash the sheets weekly)
  •           Bedspread
  •           Pillowcases (I wash the pillowcases weekly)

I also took the mattress topper outside, shook it out and then put it in the dryer for a few minutes.

It’s also beneficial to vacuum the mattress while all the bedding is off.

And when you’re finished, put it all back on and enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep on completely fresh bedding.

But just in case you have ADD or laundry’s not your thing, don’t forget to finish the bedding laundry and put it back on the bed.  You definitely don’t want to walk into your bedroom at midnight, bleary eyed and exhausted, and realize you forgot to finish the bedding.  Nope.  Don’t do that.  Set a timer so you don’t forget and get it done as quickly as possible.

And finally, everyone has different ideas about how often the bedding (not including sheets) needs washed.  I do the mattress pad at least once a year (or more if needed – like when toddlers forget to use the potty).  And I wash the quilt a couple times a year.

Do you periodically wash all your bedding and turn your mattress?  How often do you do it?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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17 thoughts on “My Annual Bedding Routine

  1. I do the mattress pad about four times per year. We use a number of blankets; the wool gets laundered once a year and is sent out to the cleaners each spring for thorough cleaning and mothproofing. Cotton get laundered about 4 times per year. We have an inexpensive down douvet, which I launder and hang on the clothesline maybe twice per year. Sheets are done weekly usually. After dealing with lots of fit and quality issues with fitted sheets, I switched to just using two oversize (king size on our queen size bed) flats, one for the bottom sheet and one for the top. My mother taught me to do hospital corners and I find that the oversize sheets stay well tucked in for several days; I straighten everything out mid-week. I have a wonderful set of linen sheets I bought about 5 years ago; I use them from May to October, then switch to some nice cotton flannel for the colder months.

    For years, I ironed all my sheets every week. I loved the crisp smoothness and clean smell. When we switched from a full size to a queen size mattress a few years ago, I just couldn’t manage this anymore, too much folding and took too long.

    We flip the mattress several times a year; probably at least 4 times, maybe 6. Last time we replaced the mattress we bought a very good quality spring mattress from Shiffman, hand made to order. It is marvelous and is holding up beautifully five years later.

    1. Wow, Josh! That’s a really thorough bedding routine. I wish I had the motivation to do that because I’m really picky about my bedding – especially the sheets.

      We had issues with fit and quality issues with fitted sheets, too. Well, still have. Our mattress isn’t that thick and the fitted sheets are made for mattresses twice as thick. So there’s a lot of extra and it makes the sheet tend to get really wrinkled. I’m like the princess and the pea – I can’t stand sleeping on wrinkles (the ones you can feel). I got some sheet grippers and those help.

      Thanks for sharing your routine.

  2. LOL! I can totally relate to the grandbaby pee on the bed. 🙂 We also wash out bedclothes weekly. We don’t have a mattress pad because we have a pillow top but we should probably vacuum more often.

  3. I hate it when I go in to get in bed and realize I haven’t got my bed made up again. I can admit, sometimes I just grab a blanket and sleep on the naked mattress at that point. Exhaustion wins almost every time.

  4. I love these basic tips. Very helpful especially to the newly mom like me. I really learned from the step-by-step instructions. Thanks for the inspirations.

  5. Wow, I think we almost go by with the same tips. And i really make sure to wash all the bedding from the mattress pads and sheet to the pillowcases and blanket.

  6. I can totally relate to the toddler pee in my bed. We always wash our bedclothes weekly to avoid the pee soaking through the mattress. Thanks for sharing all these tips. I really learned a lot.

  7. I can relate to your story, one time my niece peed on our bed so then I was so worry about what to do to our mattress. Thank you for sharing your annual bedding routine, Patty!

    1. You’re welcome.

      I just bought a new waterproof mattress protector for my grandson’s bed at our house. He has the nasty habit of trying to remove his diaper and that results in big messes! His current mattress protector is NOT waterproof so it was a high priority purchase!

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