We would like our sheets and bed linen to remain as beautiful as the first night we spent with them. So we adopt the right gestures for their maintenance. And we test our recipe of home-made washing powder, as soft for their fibres as for our skin.
Before sleeping in your new sheets, it is important to wash them once in cold waterwithout using detergent, to fix the colours. Some manufacturers also use finishing products, called "primers", to improve the appearance of new bed linen. This first wash will dissolve them (and avoid spending the night with them). You can also leave your new sheets to soak overnight in cold water.
What is the ideal frequency of washing? Every 7 to 10 days. A little more often in summer, or if you tend to sweat at night.
It is not necessary to use very hot water to wash your sheets properly. Washing at 40°C maximumwith a disinfectant detergent is enough to eliminate stains and bacteria without damaging the fabric fibres.
Speaking of detergent, choose one that is liquid and soft. Like the one we give you the recipe for at the end of this article. Your bed linen thanks you in advance.
Washing the pieces of the same set together allows the fibers, the weave and the color to evolve in the same way. This is a good habit to get into if you want your favourite duvet, fitted sheet and pillowcases to keep the same shades, wash after wash.
Air drying remains our preferred option for gentle drying. If you hang your sheets outside, it's best not to expose them to direct sunlight in order to keep their colours vibrant.
The tumble dryer is sometimes more practical in winter, or if you don't have enough room to hang an entire set at home. In this case, choose a low temperature programme and avoid adding dryer wipes, which damage the natural fibres of the clothes.
No, we haven't mentioned ironing, because you can do without it. Especially for linen sheets, whose texture is even more beautiful when they are creased. If you insist on this step, you can set your iron to the lowest possible temperatureto smooth the fabric without weakening it.
Folding your sheets as soon as they are dry prevents creases from appearing and keeps them smooth until the next time they are used. This is even more true if they have just come out of the dryer.
Rather than rolling up that fitted sheet that you can never fold properly, we try one of these 3 methods.
And the laundry
If you've never tried homemade washing powder, we've given you a simple recipe (which is also environmentally friendly, gentle on your sheets and skin, and naturally antibacterial) to get you started. See also our other DIY laundry recipes
- 1 litre of water
- 50 g of good Marseille soap, made of at least 72% vegetable oils. And without glycerine, so as not to damage the washing machine. You can choose it in flakes or in whole bar (to be grated before using it).
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Optionally, 10 drops of essential oils. In this case, wash your clothes at 30°C or less to take advantage of all their properties.
- Boil 1 liter of water in a saucepan.
- Grate the soap if necessary, then pour it gradually into the pot of boiling water off the heat, mixing with a whisk until it is completely melted.
- Allow to cool.
- When the water and soap have come to room temperature, add the baking soda and whisk together.
- Pour the lye into a can, bottle or glass jar using a funnel.
- It's ready to use! The detergent is used in the same dosage as a non-concentrated commercial detergent.