How to Keep Your Linen Bedding Fresh
How to keep linen bedding as fresh as the day you bought them!
Have you ever heard the saying “Like a fine wine, it only gets better with age?" Replace “fine wine” with “Fine linen” and it would apply just the same! Linen is a luxury fabric, once only deemed appropriate for kings and queens because of the difficulty in weaving. Even still it is considered more of an “elite” bedding. But that doesn’t have to be. True, linen can be a little more pricey than a cheap polyester - but who wants to sleep on that anyway, right?
If you priced out linen bedding and divided that by the amount of use you will get out of them than you would see that they are worth every penny! For example, if a sheet set cost $200 and it lasted for 20 years then that sheet set would only cost $10 a year or a mere .02¢ a day. Not to mention once you experienced linen bedding, with the countless benefits, healthy qualities, durability, and luxurious feel, you will never be the same again! Plus linen is easy to maintain.
So what is all the fuss about? Well, for starters linen is blissfully light and soft and becomes even softer with every wash. 100% linen contains no chemical additives that can elicit those pesky allergies or flare up eczema. Linen has a high level of air permeability, which means cool in summer and warm in the winter. This fabric is also very special for its moisture absorbing ability - linen can hold approximately 20% of its own weight in moisture before it even starts to feel wet. This means linen will have a fresh cool feeling all year long, but don’t let that fool you when it comes to staying warm in this delectable fabric.
Do you have children in your household??? Well, linen sheets are ideal bedding for children! Not only for the health benefits of not sleeping on chemically laced bedding but they are durable, long-lasting, and it is reported that linen helps people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Perfect for those wiggly little beings!
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How to Wash Linen Bedding, Sheets, Pillowcases and Shams
We recommend washing linen bedding, sheet sets, pillowcases, and shams that are in direct contact with your skin once a week. Linen comforters, duvets, and blankets should be washed every one to two months unless of course, you have the above mentioned beautiful children and the messes that follow!
- Wash linen bedding in cold water with a gentle washing detergent, such as Caldrea Laundry Detergent, Pear Blossom Agave and environmentally and health-friendly fabric softeners such as Caldrea Pear Blossom Agave Fabric Softener. Don’t use harsh washing detergents, which are not good for the environment or the person in contact with the bedding, especially children!
- Wash blankets on the gentle cycle, especially if you have a top loader with an agitator. This will reduce the chances of any threads being pulled or undue agitation against the agitator.
- Spot remover can be used but please make sure it’s “chlorine free.”
- Dry bedding on low heat and remove immediately before completely dry. Linen, if over dried, can become stiff. If you need a fluff up after they are dry just pop them in the dryer for a few minutes. If you prefer to use dryer sheets, Seventh Generation Free & Clear is a good choice. You can even add some essential oils to the box of softener sheets to make them lightly scented — Au naturel!
- If you choose to line dry your linen bedding, we suggest to pop them in the dryer for five minutes to fluff them up!
- Brand new bedding? Make sure to wash them before using. This will tighten the threads and reduce snagging.
- Dried blood? No problem. Have the person who bled on the material spit on the stain, rinse in cold water, and then wash as usual. It is the acid in your spit that will take care of this stain!
- If you have left your products in the dryer and they have a few wrinkles, just fluff them in the dryer for 10 or so more minutes on high heat and take them out immediately… perfectly perfect!
- Store your linen in a cool dry place. Don’t make hard creases as this may eventually crack the threads.
- For stains such as tomato sauce and wine, you can use natural methods, including pouring boiling water on the stains or using enzyme products that actually consume the stain, like Puracy Natural Stain Remover.
Linen Bath Towels
Linen towels are a perfect choice for drying after your shower or bath! With their moisture holding capacity and antibacterial nature, they will leave you clean and dryer than most other types of towels. Plus they are easier to handle than those bulky towels, yet thick enough to wrap yourself up!
Use gentle detergent. Not only is this better for your health, but for the environment as well. Remember that even though the color in your new linen towels is colorfast, you will have to be careful with some of the products you use. The following are just a few examples of the many products that may discolor or fade your towels.
- Chlorine bleach
- Hydrogen peroxide — found in many cosmetics and acne products
- Benzoyl peroxide — found in many cosmetics and acne products
- Toothpaste and teeth whiteners
How to Wash Linen Bath Towels
- Wash in cold or warm water at least once a week. We may even go so far as to say every three days is a good amount of time, but that's up to the individual. Use environmentally friendly laundry soap such as Caldrea Laundry Detergent, Pear Blossom Agave. We do not suggest fabric softener as this tends to inhibit the towels from absorbing water.
- Dry on low heat or delicate setting. Make sure to remove the linen from the dryer BEFORE it is completely dry. Linen has a breaking point and drying too long will make linen brittle and break the natural fibers.
How to Wash Linen Washcloths and Face Towels
Washcloths are closer to your face than most anything else — scrubbing off all that make-up or the accumulation of sweat and dead skin cells after a hard day’s work.
- Be kind to your face and wash your washcloths often — we suggest every 3 days. This keeps your towels clean and will reduce any acne or other infections from accumulating. If you do have an active situation with acne or an infection, we would suggest washing them daily.
- Wash your towels immediately after purchase. This will reduce any snagging by tightening the weave structure.
Got a snag? No problem! Snip the thread but never pull.
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