Choosing the best detergent to clean your Airbnb home’s sheets and bedding may seem second fiddle to other housekeeping chores, but it is actually an incredibly important choice. The wrong detergent can damage sheets, cause fading or yellowing, cause allergic reactions for guests, and make for generally uncomfortable sleeping experiences.
Yes, whether or not the trash gets taken out or the dishes are cleaned is incredibly important. But, a vacationer’s number one priority is often to rest and relaxation. Their ability to do so is directly influenced by the state of your Airbnb’s beds and linens. Choosing the right detergent is a simple way to lengthen the lifetime of your inventory and make sure that your guest’s ability to sleep doesn’t result in a bad review.
When choosing the right detergent, there’s a number of factors to consider. Begin by answering these questions:
How gentle is the laundry detergent? At an Airbnb, sheets and beddings are washed frequently and it’s usually for hygienic reasons. With that in mind, you don’t necessarily need a high-powered detergent. In fact, a gentler detergent would help maintain the sheets’ newness and prevent them from taking on any damage or uncomfortable textures. It may sound counter-intuitive when so many people are staying in your beds, but trust us––a gentle detergent is the number one thing you should look for.
Is it hypoallergenic or specifically for sensitive skin? You never know when someone could have a reaction to the type of detergent you use. Instead of risking someone getting sick or breaking out in hives from the laundry service you use, opt for one that’s gentle on skin. The easiest ones usually contain natural ingredients. Allergic reactions to laundry detergents are becoming more and more common. According to Healthline, it’s not uncommon for people to experience adverse skin reactions to the ingredients in standard detergents. Fragrances, preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals in laundry detergent can cause rashes in both children and adults. Laundry detergents can trigger a condition called contact dermatitis, which presents as a red, itchy rash that may be widespread or confined to specific areas like the armpits and groin. Allergies or sensitivities to laundry detergent can develop the first time you’re exposed or after repeated exposures. Most people can prevent laundry detergent rashes by using fragrance- and dye-free detergents.
What does it smell like? Fragrance can have a huge impact on people so it’s important to choose a detergent that has no scent, a very light scent, or a fragrance that aids in relaxation, like lavender.
Does it have any toxic side effects? When you’re laundering things every day or every few days, the chemical build up from products can have an effect on the environment. In this day and age, it’s more important than ever to be aware of your products’ environmental impact. It’s best to select a natural detergent with biodegradable ingredients.
Eco-friendly laundry products can be just as effective as traditional laundry detergents—and as an added benefit, they’re often better for your budget. At The Folde, we use eco-friendly options with options for scented or unscented. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an eco-friendly laundry detergent revolution happening. While the mere concept of environmentally friendly laundry detergent isn’t new, the diversity, effectiveness, and affordability of greener cleaning options has improved in recent years.
Does it thoroughly clean your sheets? At the end of the day, you still need your sheets to come out clean. Balancing the above elements of gentle and environmentally friendly cleaners can be tough–but a detergent needs to be reliable enough to clean. It you are struggling to get the sheets & towels as clean as you would like, consider a stain booster or bleach.
There are a lot of elements that go into a good detergent and it can seem overwhelming–especially given how often it’s being used. An easy way to take the doubt out of this choice is to use a laundry service. A laundry service – like The Folde – will use the best cleaners that work for sensitive skin, extend the life of the sheets, and remain ecologically cognizant.
Overall, it’s going to take some trial and error to find the best detergent that balances experience and financial cost. However, a guest’s ability to rest comfortably in your home is directly related to their overall enjoyment of your rental. If you’re unsure about experimenting try a laundering service.
The Folde can provide you with the cleanest bedding at a great price, that’s perfect for sensitive skin and environmentally friendly. Find out more about our commercial laundry services today!