At the best of times, ensuring that your cupboards – full of clothes, towels or bed linen – are not havens for mould-producing moisture is a challenge. During the winter months, when it is hard to stop moisture building up at home (thanks to the use of heaters coupled with closed-up homes), it’s even harder to stop the contents of cupboards from going musty.
I think you’ll all agree that there’s nothing better than crawling into a freshly made bed with crisp sheets that smell divine. Therefore, musty sheets and bedding is just not an option.
To keep your sheets as clean and crisp as the winter air, we caught up with Penny Tsiklas from to find out her top tips when it comes to storing bed linen in winter.
1. Freshly wash all bed linen before storing
“Firstly, I would definitely recommend freshly washing and drying all bed linen before storing. It’s important that everything is clean because items with just the slightest sign of body oils or dirt are not only unhygienic, but can cause discolouration and encourage the growth of mould and mildew.”
2. Thoroughly dry linen
“It’s important that everything is thoroughly dried before putting it away – even the slightest damp can cause problems. If you must, use a clothes dryer and ensure that you air the bed linen for about an hour after taking it out of the dryer so that the fabric has time to breathe.”
3. Storage spots are key
“I recommend finding a clear, clean space in your cupboard – one that is dry and cool and doesn’t get too much light. This way your bedding will resist fading and also be less attractive to insects. Once everything is washed and dried thoroughly, fold and place the pieces neatly in place. Be sure not to pack things in too tightly, either; they need space to breathe.”
4. Pillowcase protection
“Another tip would be to buy some additional king-size cotton pillowcases, which you could use as storage bags for your bed linen. You could put each sheet set and quilt cover in its own separate case and attach a label so that each of your sets are easily identifiable.”
5. Don’t use plastic tubs
“I prefer not to store bed linen in plastic boxes with lids, as mould and mildew love to breed in the humid confines of plastic. I would also not recommend storing in cardboard boxes, either, as all sorts of nasties are attracted to cardboard.
If you must store in a container, I’d recommend a plastic one with no lid and would recommend you loosely fold the items and place them in the container. The tighter you pack, the less air can circulate around and through the fabric.”
6. Keep an eye on your linen
“Remember to check on your bed linen during winter to make sure the space remains clean and is well ventilated. And once spring kicks in and you want to swap your winter bedding for summer bedding, take the linen out of storage. I’d recommend a nice wash and dry on a sunny day. This will be the best way to refresh your sheets after they have been hibernating.”
7. Extra-special tips
“Lavender sachets can help to keep your pieces fresh and deter pests. If you have any special heirloom pieces, you might want to lightly wrap them in white tissue paper to further protect them from discolouring.”