We frequently receive inquiries from people fretting about the longevity and condition of their Earthing sheets. They may have had the sheet for a year or two and are concerned that it may be losing conductivity and no longer carrying the Earth’s healing energy through the silver fibers embedded in the fabric. Some people say that they haven’t washed their sheet at all, or only seldom, out of fear of ruining the conductivity.

We can’t give you a precise lifespan for your sheet. Every situation is different. What we can say is that that no sheet lasts forever. When a sheet does lose its conductivity, it needs to be replaced. We have heard from folks describing the “sudden death” of sheets and from others saying their sheet gradually lost conductivity over time. By comparison, we have some Earthing sheets in use for several years or more and they are still going strong. However, there is no guarantee that any particular sheet will last as long.

So what can you do to protect your sheet? Here are some “anti-aging” tips to enhance its longevity:

● Wash your sheet routinely – once every week or two. If you don’t wash the sheet regularly, sweat, wastes, and a variety of organic compounds excreted through your skin can build up and create a film on the sheet that can impair conductivity. Such substances could oxidize the silver fibers as well.

● Wash your sheet in warm water. Set wash cycle to ‘gentle.’ Use a liquid laundry detergent at about half the recommended amount on the label.  Do not pour detergent directly on the sheet. Let the detergent dissolve in water first, or put the detergent in the designated machine dispenser, and then place your sheet in machine. Tumble dry on ‘low’ or ‘no heat’ setting. Remove sheet from dryer promptly. Fold to minimize wrinkles.

● Never use bleach! Bleach instantly destroys the conductivity of the silver fibers, and is typically what has happened when somebody reports “sudden sheet death.”

● We have tested many commercial detergents, even soaked sheets in them for a week, and they do not harm conductivity. Read labels, however, and DO NOT USE if the product contains any of the following:

1) Bleach, as noted above.

2) Fabric softener.

3) Whitening or oxidizing agents (such as Oxi-Clean).

● Don’t use any fabric softener or any drying sheets. Over time they might contribute to loss of conductivity because of their chemical content.

● We caution against using so-called all-natural detergents because many contain oils (lavender oil, for instance), because they could have a detrimental effect over time.

● Do not dry clean your sheet.

● Some people like to iron their sheets. If you do it, set the iron to low heat.

● Avoid applying creams, lotions, and essential oils within an hour before bedtime to any areas of your skin that will be in contact with the sheet. The oils contained in these products become absorbed into the fabric of the sheets and can reduce or damage conductivity.

●  Want to remove a stain?  Spot treat with hydrogen peroxide.  Simply apply the hydrogen peroxide to spot.  Pour it on or spray it on.  Allow to soak in.  Dab with a clean towel.  Wash afterwards.

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● Wash weekly in a washing machine with warm water.  Wash along with with towels or linens. The tumbling action with other items gives silver surface an optimal “sheen.” Use a liquid laundry detergent. Washing regularly in warm water is beneficial for the pillow as it strips perspiration and natural skin oils from the silver, helping to maintain product conductivity and promote longevity.

● Never use bleach.  Bleach tarnishes the silver and destroys the conductivity.  Do not use detergents that contain whitening or oxidizing agents, or oils such as lavender and coconut. Such ingredients can harm conductivity. Do not use fabric softeners for the same reason.

● Dry in a dryer on low or line dry. Do not use dryer sheets. Use low heat if you choose to iron the pillowcase.

● If you apply lotions to the skin before bedtime, best to wait an hour before using the pillowcase.

The Bottom Line

Periodically test your connected sheet with the conductivity tester. If you use the tester very often, the battery will wear out more rapidly. The green light will become dim. When that happens, screw open the tester, remove the battery, and replace it. Replacements are available in most stores selling electronics and phones.

If you suddenly realize – like from one day to the next – that the sheet isn’t giving the benefits it had been giving all along, the cause could be bleach…or the cord got disconnected from the ground source (the outlet or a ground rod cord)…or maybe an animal chewed up the cord.

The obvious question is how can you tell when the Earthing sheet has lost its effectiveness and needs to be replaced. The answer: when some previous symptoms start to reappear after being absent for a long period of time and/or your tester indicates the sheet has lost its conductivity.

Here’s a prime example from Donna Tisdale, an Earthing enthusiast from Nashville:

“I have been plagued with miserable seasonal allergies for many years.  The months of May and September were always challenging for me.  The problem stopped when I started sleeping on an Earthing sheet. For five years I sailed through Mays and Septembers without having to take any medication.  Then, in May 2012, I suddenly started sneezing again like crazy.  I was sneezing my head off.  I couldn’t figure out what was was going on until I tested my sheet and it was no longer conductive. I ordered new sheets FedEx Express. After two nights on the new sheet, I stopped sneezing immediately.  It was the most amazing thing!”