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Choosing the Best Organic Cotton Sheets and Bedding Sets

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on September 18, 2018
Best Organic Sheets/Bedding Sets

If you’ve never had the chance to experience laying down to sleep wrapped up in organic sheets, you don't know what you’re missing. Not only are these sheets friendlier for the environment, but they’re better for you too.

For example, a vast quantity of commonly produced polyester sheets advertised as “no-iron” contain formaldehyde, which is known to produce adverse health effects including respiratory problems, skin rashes, and even insomnia.

Many synthetic bed linens also contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short. And while these chemicals may be good fire retardants, they too have been known to cause health issues in humans, including thyroid hormone disruption, and cancer. 

Why go organic when it comes to sheets and bedding?

The simple answer to that question is that organic sheets are what they say they are. They’ve not been made with any harmful chemicals that could potentially cause you to develop a life-threatening disease. And, they’re not going to harm the planet as much as traditionally made cotton sheets that use a large number of agrochemicals in which to be made.

Organic sheets are very soft and are also good for those who suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin. They’re more breathable than most regular cotton sheets, and they’re more durable too. Lastly, organic cotton is often harvested by hand and there are no harsh chemicals used in which to produce the bedding.  

What to take into consideration when buying organic sheets

So, now you know why organic sheets are the way to go, here are some of the things to consider while out shopping for them:

  • Quality over quantity. When it comes to organic bed linen, the quality of the thread is far more important than the actual thread count. Some manufacturers are quite misleading in this area as they advertise a high thread count, but are actually quite poor when it comes to quality. As a rough guide, sheets with a thread count of 300 - 500 are the ones to aim for. Anything with less than 200 should definitely be avoided. 

  • Fiber content. Always check the label to ensure you are buying 100% organic as some manufacturers can be misleading with this. Some of the most popular organic sheets are those made of Pima or Egyptian cotton, which are even softer than regular cotton. You may find they’re a little more expensive to buy than regular cotton, but boy are they soft.

  • GOTS certified. Products that have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard are almost certain to be free of harmful chemicals. This textile processing standard looks at how each fiber is sourced and what impact was made ecologically, environmentally, and publically as a result. It is the leading standard in the industry that covers all kinds of organic fibers.

  • Weave type. Most sheets come in either a percale or sateen weave. Percale is the more basic of weaves and tends to give the sheets a more light and crisp feel. Whereas sateen weaves are much more silky smooth. 

  • Avoid ‘no-iron’ or ‘wrinkle-free’ products. Even if they say organic cotton on the package, if they have this feature advertised they are almost certain to contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde.

  • Make sure you measure. Just because it says it’s a king size sheet, don’t assume it will fit. Manufacturers of bedding will, of course, use standard mattress sizes in which to base the size of their products. The problem is that they don’t account for how deep your mattress is. So, if you have a really thick mattress, make sure you measure up to ensure the sheets you buy will fit when you get them home. 

  • Price isn’t everything. Don’t consider the cost to be the most important thing when making your purchase. When it comes to organic bedding it really does pay to invest that little bit more. At the end of the day, these are going to be the sheets you cuddle up to each night, so why not splash out a little? And when it comes to this kind of bedding, you’d be surprised what difference just a few dollars can make. 

  • Check the return policy. Just in case you do forget to measure up and find that they are the wrong size, it would be good to exchange them for bedding that fits. However, due to the nature of the product, not all sellers will accept returns. So be sure to check that out when you buy unless you’re 100% confident they will fit and you’re happy with the style.  

Organic Sheet Set Reviews

Available Sizes

Available Colors

King (fitted sheet size: 78” x 80”)

Queen (fitted sheet size: 60” x 80”)

Twin (fitted sheet size: 39” x 75”)

Grey

If you’re looking for some luxury organic sheets, then you’ve come to the right place. This Delano Organic Sheet Set is, by far, one of the most comfortable sheets I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping on.

It’s made using 60% bamboo and 40% organic cotton. So, essentially you get the best of both worlds. You get the softness of the organic cotton to relax upon while the natural bamboo has antibacterial properties, helping to make sure your bed is a safe and clean environment.

DELANO ORGANIC SHEET SET

The set comprises of 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat top sheet, and 2 pillowcases, all made from the same great material. If you want to get a little personal, you can choose to have it customized with your own initials thanks to the company’s own Signature Monogram. And, just in case you do have any problems, they offer a free return service for all US shipping.

Pros
  • Super soft
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    Very well made
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    Free return shipping
Cons
  • Lack of colors to choose from
  • A little expensive

Available Sizes

Available Colors

Twin (fitted sheet size: 39” x 75” + 15” deep pockets)

Twin XL (fitted sheet size: 39” x 80” + 15” deep pockets)

Full (Fitted sheet size: 54” x 76” + 16” deep pockets)

Queen (Fitted sheet size: 60” x 80” + 16” deep pockets)

King (Fitted sheet size: 78” x 80” + 16” deep pockets)

California King (Fitted sheet size: 74” x 84” + 16” deep pockets).

Black, blue, red wine, light grey, antique rose light blue, indigo batik, mod spa, navy dot blue, pure white, blush, smoked pearl, vanilla yellow.

If you’re looking for some linen that’s not only super comfortable but great for the environment too, then be sure to check out the California Design Den Cotton Sheet Set. These organic cotton sheets are ideal for anyone who’s after some fresh, eco-friendly linen at a great price.

They have a 400-thread count so are nice and soft. And because they’re made using 100% long staple cotton fiber these sheets will stay that plush for as long as you own them. They’re chemical-free and completely machine washable. 

400 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set, Light Grey Queen Sheets, 4-Piece Long-staple Combed Pure Natural Best Cotton Bed Sheets For Bed, Soft & Silky Sateen Sheets Fits Mattress Upto 18'' Deep Pocket

What I also love about these sheets are that there are so many colors to choose from, so you can be sure there’s something for everyone's taste. The only downside is you have to be very careful when you wash these sheets. Although they are machine washable, they’re also prone to shrinking. So, hand washing may be the safer option. 

Pros
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    Wide range of sizes and colors available
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    Chemical-free
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    Great price
Cons
  • Known to shrink if machine washed

Available Sizes

Available Colors

Twin (Fitted sheet size: 39” x 76” x 15”)

Full (Fitted sheet size: 54” x 76” x 15”)

Queen (Fitted sheet size: 60” x 80” x 15”)

King (Fitted sheet size: 78” x 80” x 15”)

California King (Fitted sheet size: 72” x 84” x 15”)

White, natural, chocolate, clear water, elderberry grey, laurel oak, Moroccan blue.

If you like the idea of organic sheets but are worried they won’t be as soft and silky as the inorganic ones you have now, be sure to take a look at the Magnolia Organics Dream Collection Sheet Set. These sateen sheets are smooth, silky, and made with long-staple, GOTS certified, organic cotton. So not only do they look and feel great, they’re also less harmful on the environment.

The cotton used to make these sheets is grown without the use of any herbicides or pesticides. While all the labor involved in producing the finished product, including the milling, spinning, sewing, and packing, is all done via fair trade. They’re also not a bad price either.

Magnolia Organics Dream Collection Sheet Set - King, Natural

Like many new cotton sheets, these may feel a still stiff when you first get them out of the packet. But, rest assured, that after a few washes, they will soften. The only other thing to be aware of is that they are just a 300-thread count. And while that’s plenty soft enough for some, others may find them a little on the thin side.  

Pros
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    Fairtrade product
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    Great color choices
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    GOTS certified
Cons
  • Sheets take a few washes to ‘wear in’
  • The 300-thread count is a little low

Available Sizes

Available Colors

Twin (Fitted sheet size: 39” x 75” x 16”)

Twin XL (Fitted sheet size: 39” x 78” x 16”)

Queen (Fitted sheet size: 60” x 80” x 16”)

King (Fitted sheet size: 78” x 80” x 16”)

California King (Fitted sheet size: 72” 84” x 16”)

White, natural, navy blue, blush, dove grey, flint blue.

Made from 100% organic cotton, this sheet set is not only extremely soft and lightweight, it’s also fantastic value for money. It’s a 300-thread count, so it’s not the thickest out there, but it’s the quality is still pretty good.

These sheets sets are available to buy in many different colors and, most importantly, they’re all GOTS certified, so you can be sure that you’re not sleeping on anything toxic. The thing I like most about these sheets is that they’re made using technofit technology, meaning you get bedding that fits and stays firmly in place, each and every time. 

Pinzon 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sheet Set - King, Flint Blue

Where these sheets fall a little short, in my opinion, is they wrinkle a little too easy. Other than that, they’re a fantastic buy and ideal for anyone looking for some decent organic sheets but doesn’t want to spend a fortune.   

Pros
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    GOTS certified
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    Made using technofit technology
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    Lightweight and breathable
Cons
  • Sheets wrinkle very easy

Available Sizes

Available Colors

Twin (Fitted sheet size: 39” x 75”)

Twin XL (Fitted sheet size: 39” x 80”)

Full (Fitted sheet size 54” x 75”)

Queen (Fitted sheet size: 60” x 80”)

King (Fitted sheet size: 78” x 80”)

Natural, dark grey, white.

GOTS certified and made using long-staple yarn, these organic cotton sheets are some of the most comfortable, I have ever had the pleasure of snuggling up to. They have a 400-thread count so are a little thicker than many others on this list. They’re also softer too.

As with most organic products, these sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, so they’ll never irritate or chafe your skin. They fit well, and they’re made sustainably. Lastly, the manufacturers even offer a 90-day satisfaction guarantee if you do have any concerns, or you’re unhappy with the product. 

Whisper Organics Organic Cotton Sheets Set GOTS Certified, 400 Thread Count, Sateen - (Full, Natural)

The only slight issue I have with these sheets is the sizes do tend to come up a little small. So make sure you measure up before you buy. But, all-in-all, a fantastic product that’s well worth the money! 

Pros
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    GOTS certified
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    90-day guarantee
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    Made sustainably
Cons
  • Sizes are a little tight

We hope you enjoyed the above article and are now one step closer to making your next organic sheet purchase. People that make the change to organic products, very rarely go back, and sheets are no different. At the end of the day, if you can get a super comfortable set of sheets that are good for both you and the environment, and won’t cost you much more, then why wouldn’t you?

Happy Shopping! 

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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