Silk, satin, cotton, wool, these are all materials that readily come to mind when thinking about sheets. The higher the thread count, the more expensive and (supposedly) the more comfortable they are. What if there was a material that was inexpensive and had all the comfort of the pricier sheets? That would be amazing, wouldn’t it?
Welcome to the world of bamboo sheets.
Bamboo? You mean the stuff that pandas eat?
Yes, I do.
Bamboo sheets review all the necessities when it comes to your bedtime venue. We spend about half our lives in our beds. Why not be comfortable? These sheets keep you warm when the air is cold, and cool when the air is the warm. Sounds like a bunch of sorcery, doesn’t it?
The fact of the matter is that bamboo fibers are hypoallergenic, naturally moisture wicking, and as strong as they are silky. But wait, there’s more to this natural phenomenon. It’s also antibacterial. And it’s said to be softer than cotton. Why haven’t we been sleeping on these sheets all along? They’re also good for the environment. Bamboo plants are much better for the soil than cotton.
You may have noticed that I mentioned how bamboo was better than cotton a few times. That could be the secret as to why Americans haven’t been ingratiated with this fiber until now. The cotton industry has a huge stronghold on American economics. They don’t take kindly to competition. Don’t get me wrong, I love my cotton. It’s soft and cuddly.
But bamboo is the wave of the future. Who doesn’t love a new cause to rally behind?
There are four types of bamboo materials that can be woven in sheets: Bamboo Rayon, Bamboo Lyocell, Bamboo blend with cotton, and Bamboo linen. Of these four, the Lyocell is the most sustainable. It’s 100% organic and guilt free. There is no harmful chemical residue, and the water consumption of the bamboo plant has little impact on the area in which it grows.
You then have two different types of weaves: Sateen and twill. Sateen is the softer, and twill is the stronger. It’s all about preference.
Once you have these amazing sheets, it’s important to understand how to take care of them. Most will come with special instructions. Generally speaking though, you want to avoid bleach and vinegar based products. If you happen to be unfortunate enough to get a nasty stain or odor, use a natural cleaning product like baking soda.
You’ll want to wash in cool water on the gentle cycle. Drying is also on the gentle cycle with the heater on low. Although there is nothing quite like drying your linens on a line outside, just to get that natural feel to them. Why not go all out and stick the sheets on a clothesline? As with all fabrics, darker colors may bleed. So you’ll definitely want to wash them separate from anything that you don’t want them to bleed onto.
Take a lesson from the pandas, try some bamboo sheets. You’ll never regret it.