How many times have your sheets appeared so hard that they looked starched? Lying in bed gives a feeling of discomfort, which can disturb our sleep. The same problem arises when you decide to make your bed with new sheets, without washing them. Assuming that it is always the wrong choice on a hygienic level, here are some tips to make them softer.
Baking Soda: If you’re not satisfied with your detergent’s softness and comfort levels, try using baking soda. Instead of adding laundry detergent to a regular wash cycle, wash the washing machine sheets with just a teaspoon of baking soda. Soda is handy for removing ingrained chemicals in cotton sheets and makes the fabric softer than before.
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Use less detergent: As you may have understood from the advice above, very often, the hardness depends on the accumulation of detergent or fabric softener in the fabric. When you use too much, the washing machine can’t wash it off completely. So try to follow the washing instructions.
Wash at a lower temperature: High temperatures kill all germs and bacteria, very true. There is no need to boil your bedding. Try to stick to 40 degrees cotton. That should be enough.
White vinegar: It is a well-known natural cleaning solution that can also be used as a natural softener. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into 1 liter of water and let the sheets soak in this solution overnight. The next day, put everything in the washing machine. Vinegar not only softens the laundry, but it also removes old detergent residue.
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Tumble Dryer Balls: These come in a wide variety of different shapes, colors, and materials like rubber or plastic. However, the most popular are made of pure wool. These balls work as an alternative to fabric softeners. 2-3 balls placed in the dryer soften the fabric and speed up the drying process by up to 25%. Why? Thanks to the balls, the hot air can circulate freely, allowing the natural fibers to separate, and that is precisely why your sheets will become softer.
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