The Earthing Institute - Reconnecting People To The Planet

Caring for Your Grounding Sheet

We frequently receive inquiries about Earthing sheet care.

We can’t give you a precise lifespan for your sheet. Every situation is different. What we can say is that over time your sheet will lose its conductivity, and  will need to be replaced if you want to continue sleeping grounded.  We have heard from folks describing the “sudden death” of sheets and from others saying their sheet gradually lost conductivity.

When your sheet does “expire,” we suggest you consider a sleep mat, made from durable carbonized leatherette.   It does not require laundering like a sheet. You can see this product at www.groundtherapycenter.com 

So what can you do to protect your sheet?

● Wash your sheet routinely – once every week or two. If you don’t, 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 may also oxidize the conductive silver fibers in the sheet.

● 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 detergents containing any of the following:

1) Bleach, as noted above.

2) Fabric softener.

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

4) Oils, such as lavender oil.  These ingredients are often found in so-called natural detergents.

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

● 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.

The Bottom Line

The obvious question is how can you tell when the Earthing sheet isn’t working?  Here are some guidelines:

● 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.

● When some previous symptoms start to reappear after being absent for a long period of time.

● Periodically test your connected sheet with the conductivity tester available through earthing.com. 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 inexpensive, and available in stores that sell batteries.  The battery is the common 2032 type.

Here’s a story of what can happen when a sheet loses conductivity.  From Donna Tisdale, an Earthing enthusiast in 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!”