Have you ever had the issue of your clothes, bed linen or towels being a bit rough or scratchy after you wash them? We have got some easy answers and helpful tips for you to use next time it's laundry day.
Why do they get hard and scratchy?
It has a lot to do with how the material is laundered.
Your clothes, bed linen, and towels absorb all of the residue that comes from regular exposure to oil and dirt. Washing will most likely be the the harshest thing you will do to your bedlinen and clothing.
At Sheets on the Line we recommend the kindest forms of washing and drying so you get the best out of your beautiful bed linens and bath towels.
I know we might think that adding extra detergent or fabric softener to the laundry load is doing our clothes, towels, or linen a favour, but sadly it’s quite the opposite. The detergent strips the material of its natural softness and sticks to the fabric long after washing. The fabric Softener weighs down the fibres and covers the material in silicon which stops it from being its wonderful absorbent self.
These two combined overtime create a layer of build up over the fibres which then gives us the hard, scratchy or not so luxuriously soft material we all once knew.
How can you fix it?
Start going easy on the laundry detergent and say goodbye to your fabric softener, say hello to baking soda and white vinegar. Baking soda and white vinegar work together to naturally break down the buildup of residue that is left behind from your detergent and fabric softener. It gently cleanses and refreshes the material and helps restore it back to its beautiful soft self.
Try adding 1/2 a cup of baking soda to the wash cycle and 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The baking soda raises the alkalinity of the water, which naturally helps boost the power of the laundry detergent so you can use less detergent. Then the white vinegar in the rinse cycle helps remove the excess detergent from the linen, and acts as a natural fabric softener. Also, try using slightly warmer water instead of just cold. This will help make sure the detergent is dissolving properly and leaving behind less residue.
As for drying your beautiful linen, we only recommend line drying in the shade as a preference to tumble drying, as the heat combined with the tumbling action in some cases can affect the longevity of the fabric. But certainly, if you are unable to line dry we recommend the gentlest of alternatives like tumble drying on the lowest heat possible.
A few extra benefits from adding baking soda and vinegar to your laundry
- great at removing stains
- makes your whites whiter and colours brighter
- neutralises body odour smell that has settled into the material
- Deters lint
Wash in Cool to warm water, never in hot. If you do need to tumble dry, make sure it's on cool to warm and never hot.
Most importantly read the washing and care instructions on all our products and you should enjoy the quality for years to come.
Hope these little tips have been helpful, happy laundry day!