How to: Keeping Linens Fresh
After a long day, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as slipping into your cozy bed with its fresh, clean sheets and a blanket that’s the perfect weight and density.
Whether you choose a pillowy, cloudy comforter or a cozy cotton quilt, you should feel your bed is designed perfectly for you. A sacred space where you can lay down the burdens of the day and just rest.
If your bed isn’t what it should be, perhaps it’s time to invest in some crisp, organic cotton sheets and find a covering that makes your heart happy.
You’ll want to make sure your guests’ experience is comfortable and luxurious.
This quotation from Nikos Kazantzakis is about perfect. “I knew that no matter what door you knock on in a Cretan village, it will be opened for you. A meal will be served in your honor, and you will sleep between the best sheets in the house. In Crete, the stranger is still the unknown god. Before him, all doors and all hearts are opened.”
Whatever linens create the ultimate sleeping spaces for you, your guest, and your family, they all need proper care to be at their lovely, fresh best.
Soak your linens with a sprinkling of baking soda before you start the wash cycle. You can also put a small box of slightly opened baking soda in the back of your linen closet to suck up offending odors.
When you remove your sheets from the dryer or the clothesline, make sure they’re completely dry before you put them away. Any dampness at all can turn your linen closet into a mildewing mess.
Make Your Own Sachets
If you have lavender or rosemary on hand, you can make sachets to tuck in between sheets and blankets.
These no-sewing-required ones from treehugger.com are a breeze to make:
“Cut thin white cotton fabric into a 4-inch square. Place dried lavender in the center of the square. Pick up the edges of the square and twist them. Tie a white ribbon tightly around the top to make a lavender sachet. Place the lavender sachet in with the blankets and comforters when storing them.”
You could also twist both ends and tie for a slimmer version of the sachet. Just make sure the twist ensures there is no gapping.
Many people love lavender, but if it’s a little too flowery for you, use rosemary instead. Strip the greenery off its branches and let dry before use. A nice combination would be to make sachets with cedar chips for blankets and rosemary for sheets.
Another alternative is to wrap a few bars of your favorite soap in fabric and tuck that in the closet with your linens. If you’ve discovered a divinely scented soap, this might be the best option for you.
Make sure to rotate your linens so each set gets equal use and is aired out properly, rather than being stuck in the back of the closet.
Freshen Between Washes
Before you make your bed in the morning, spray the air over your sleeping area with a natural linen spray. Stick to scents that are light and fresh, and that both you and your partner enjoy.
Some people prefer to use perfume for their personal space. If so, make sure to spray the air above your bed and let the micro drops disperse evenly over your linens. Don’t heavily spray, and avoid strong scents. One spray should do it for a refreshing touch-up. Warm scents with notes of ginger, citrus, and soft florals work particularly well.
Rest easy and sleep well, friends.
“The most luxurious item is a beautiful bed and beautiful, simple sheets.” –Andre Leon Talley