Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Washing Recipe for Soft Sheets

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Why yes! I do sleep on polka-dot sheets!"][/caption]

I love a well-made bed; in fact, I will clean my bedroom before any room in the house despite the fact that company is expected shortly…as in the case this past weekend.  I ran across a fantastic washing recipe for sheets on one of my favorite blogs, Alicia Paulson’s Posie Gets Cozy.  A very simple recipe developed by an 84 year old woman to guarantee the softest sheets, I had to give it a go!  After all, we spend an average of 36% of our lives asleep; shouldn’t we make those hours as nice as possible?  So, I bundled up my favorite sheets and headed to the utility room (then I promised myself I would begin cleaning the rest of the house while they washed).

Here is the recipe and my additional notes:

  • 1-1/2 cups of cheap white distilled vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of detergent – I use Farmhouse Laundry Soap (I sell it in my shop and have used it for years as it is natural, bio-degradable and great for my sensitive skin)

  • warm wash

  • warm rinse

  • extra rinse

  • perma-press dry (line drying would probably be the best and most eco-friendly BUT according to the recipe drying on permanent press is cooler and keeps the fibers smoother and softer…I had no idea!)

It is hard to find just the right set of sheets; a little extra care helps preserve them because as one of the blog comments noted:
“You never know if they're good ones until they've been washed about 30 times and then you can't find them again!”

So, how did my sheets stack up?  It worked!  I could tell a noticeable difference in the softness; however my survey of one additional adult, 2 cats and 1 Chihuahua (I need a bigger bed) proved only a few yawns and nodding heads to placate my excited query.   Happy snores moments later were satisfaction enough to prove my experiment succeeded and thanks enough for providing my family a good night’s rest.

And as a footnote, if I had more time, I would have ironed them and spritzed them with Farmhouse’s companion linen spray.  It’s another natural favorite of mine that you can use in the place of a water bottle when ironing... clothes come out smelling line dry!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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  1. The vinegar helps 'cut the soap' out of fabric. I use white vinegar for getting unpleasant smells from carpet too. Works like a charm.

    Gona love reconnecting with you and the rest of our TEAM!
    Hide A Heart

  2. Yes, I did some further reading on vinegar and that is amazing! One person, I read, always puts a cup in the rinse cycle and it helps her sensitive skin tremendously. Yay for vinegar!