The short answer is probably not…
Laundry "stripping" has become a social media fad, with countless bathtubs full of murky water left over from “clean” laundry. While the ewwww factor is high – making you think you’ve been sleeping in muck – you’ll want to think twice before stripping your bedding.
Check your fabric care instructions. If your bedding requires cold or warm water, you aren’t going to want to soak them in hot water; doing so may permanently damage the fibers, even if the damage is not immediately visible. What that means is your sheets may gradually — or spectacularly — fail by way of ripping, pilling, and falling apart. Before “stripping” your sheets, make sure they can withstand high temperatures. For the record, we have not encountered any sheets with a fabric care tag that calls for “hot” water.
Fabrics that require the “Gentle” or “Delicates” cycle may not fare well being submerged in water for a long period of time, a contra-indication of laundry stripping which calls for hours of soak time before a run through the washing machine. Placing those weakened fibers in the washer where they are then subjected to agitation and the force of spin cycle after a long, harsh soak may be a recipe for disaster.
Consider why your sheets are not coming clean. Using a quality detergent while washing properly in today’s appliances should be enough to make stripping your bedding unnecessary. If you are finding your bed sheets are not coming clean, it could be because the appliances are over-stuffed, you're using too much detergent, or because the sheets are wadding up in the process.
When sheets twist and tangle, detergent can get trapped in the fabric and not rinse out properly. Try using Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets, the new laundry gadget that keeps sheets from tangling, twisting, and balling-up in both the washing machine and in the dryer. When your sheets don’t twist and tangle, the detergent has a chance to work, and then rinse out properly. Using Wad-Free for Bed Sheets results in cleaner sheets, and keeps your washer from going off-balance. Your sheets also dry up to 75% faster with fewer wrinkles…while prolonging the life of both your beds sheets and your appliances.
Wad-Free for Bed Sheets is easy-to-use, reusable, and made in the USA. Wad-Free for Bed Sheets is intended for use following fabric care instructions, and works on any size flat or fitted sheet*.
Washing properly with Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets, there should be no reason to subject your sheets to the harsh, laborious process of laundry stripping.
*Note: Wad-Free is not recommended for use with bamboo, eucalyptus, or rayon sheets which (unlike cotton) are very weak when wet, agitated, or dried, and thus require extra gentle care.