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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Wondering how to fold a fitted sheet? If you follow a few simple steps, it’s easy to do! Once you know how to fold fitted sheets properly, you’ll wonder why you ever used flat sheets in the first place! This tutorial for folding fitted sheets is so quick and simple, you’ll actually find yourself wanting to share your newly-acquired skill with your friends. Read on to discover the five simple steps that will change how you organize your laundry cupboard forever!  

 

Five Steps for Folding Fitted Sheets

Step One

To start the process, you’ll need to stand with your fitted sheet turned inside out, and place one hand in each of the corners across the width of the sheet.

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Step Two

Use one hand as a ‘hanger’ and fold the other corner over the top, so you have two corners on one hand.

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Step Three

Pick up a third corner from the outside and fold it over the ‘hanger hand’ and do the same for the remaining corner. You should now have a roughly rectangular shape with all the elasticated corners in one place.

Step Four

Place the sheet on a flat surface and make sure the edges of the sheet are folded inside.

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Step Five

Fold the resulting rectangle as small as you need, so that you can stack the sheet neatly in your cupboard.

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How to Wash Fitted Sheets

Now you know how to fold fitted sheets, you’ll want to make sure you know how to wash them properly too!

  1. Wash your bedding, including fitted sheets, separately from the rest of your laundry. You should also sort your bedding by colour and wash light or dark sheets separately. Before laundering, always consult the care label on your sheets to check that they are machine washable.
  2. Turn your sheets inside out, roll them into a ball, and then pop them in the washing machine with a quality laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty (just follow the dosing instructions on the label). Turning your fitted sheets inside out will help them keep their shape.
  3. Wash at the highest temperature permitted by the care label – this will help to kill any lingering germs. 40 degrees is the ideal temperature to efficiently clean your fitted sheets, yet also make sure you’re being that little bit more eco-friendly.
  4. Once the wash cycle has finished, hang your sheets out to dry on the washing line or on a clothes horse. It’s best to air dry sheets outside, but if the not so great British weather is stopping you from doing so, then put them in the tumble dryer on a low setting.

You should wash fitted sheets, duvet covers, and pillow cases every week. To read more about how often to do laundry, click here. With these tips on how to fold a fitted sheet and wash one too, you’ll find it’s even faster to wash, dry, and store your laundry. 

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