Believe it or not, this silky, cool-to-the-touch fabric is more breathable than cotton, softer than linen, and far more sustainable than bamboo.
Eucalyptus sheets can help regulate body temperature, keeping you comfy and cool all night long. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and resistant to bacterial growth, which makes them ideal for sensitive skin.
Here’s what you should know about eucalyptus sheets, including our recommendations for six of the best picks.
“Most eucalyptus sheets are made from eucalyptus lyocell,” explains Elle Liu, founder of Eucalypso. “Lyocell is a generic term for cellulose fibers that are converted from wood pulp into fabric.” So, eucalyptus lyocell is made from eucalyptus pulp that’s spun into a textile.
You may also see eucalyptus Tencel, which is a branded form of lyocell that’s well known for its sustainable production processes.
In fact, “Tencel lyocell is one of the most environmentally responsible and eco-friendly fabrics in the world,” Liu notes.
Eucalyptus sheets have a number of impressive qualities. The weave creates a luxuriously soft, smooth texture, similar to silk. And sheets made with eucalyptus are naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
The materials that make up your bedsheets can make a big difference in the overall softness, breathability, and feel of the sheets. Here’s how eucalyptus matches up against two of the most popular materials for bedsheets.
Eucalyptus vs. cotton
In a side-by-side sustainability comparison, eucalyptus sheets come out ahead of cotton.
“Cotton is one of the dirtiest and thirstiest crops in the world,” Liu says. “It takes a significant amount of water and pesticides to grow and harvest, which can create environmental damages from runoffs and pollution.”
Eucalyptus vs. bamboo
While bamboo sheets are often marketed as an eco-friendly option, that’s not always true.
There are two types of fabric bamboo sheets can be made from: rayon or lyocell.
Rayon, sometimes called viscose, involves a chemically intensive process that can be very harmful to the environment and the people making the fiber.
Bamboo sheets can also be made with lyocell, which is a better option for the planet and factory workers.
Eucalyptus sheets are indeed eco-friendly, in terms of both the raw material and the manufacturing process. The key is finding a company that sources from a responsible partner.
Eucalyptus requires less water than many other plants, and the manufacturing process is very sustainable. Many brands, though not all, use a closed loop process. That means water and solvents in the manufacturing process are reused and recycled.
It’s a safe bet that people considering eucalyptus sheets are partially motivated by sustainability. That means it’s important to check the label and do a little digging into the brand.
“There are many factors that go into creating high quality bedding that might not be apparent from just a product description,” Sabak cautions. “It’s important to make sure the brand’s values align with your own, especially when it comes to sustainability.”
A shortcut is to opt for sheets made with Tencel lyocell. It’s an indicator of quality and sustainability, and it means you’re getting 100% eucalyptus sheets — not a blend.
“Just because sheets are made from eucalyptus lyocell, it doesn’t mean they’re eco-friendly or that they’ll hold up over time,” Liu says. “There’s a lot of greenwashing in this space. So, it’s important to see what it’s made from and to hold the company accountable for being transparent about their practices.”
No. The telltale fragrance of eucalyptus comes from oil in the leaves. Since eucalyptus sheets are made from processed wood pulp, there is no scent. That means eucalyptus sheets are safe even if you’re sensitive to eucalyptus oil or fragrance.
How do you wash eucalyptus sheets?
It’s always wise to check the manufacturer’s directions for washing your sheets. In general, eucalyptus sheets can be machine washed separately or with like colors on a delicate cycle, and either hung to dry or tumbled dry on low.
Are these sheets safe for people who are allergic to the eucalyptus plant?
If you’re allergic to eucalyptus oil, you can still rest easy on eucalyptus sheets. Because they’re not made with eucalyptus leaves, they don’t contain any oils that may trigger a reaction.
In fact, eucalyptus sheets are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria, so they’re a good option for people with general allergies or skin sensitivities.
There are a number of reasons you might consider eucalyptus sheets. Thanks to their breathability and moisture-wicking properties, they’re a great option for hot sleepers.
Both the manufacturing process and the raw materials are eco-friendly, making these sheets a responsible choice. Plus, their smooth silkiness really does make for a luxurious night’s sleep.
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Last medically reviewed on June 28, 2023
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