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How To Wash Linen Sheets - Sanitizing Care Instructions + Tips & Tricks For Long Lasting Duvet Covers & Sheet Sets

How To Wash Linen Sheets

The linens make the bed. You probably already know that if you're looking for linen laundry tips to make sure your bedding set stays beautiful and comfortable. Let's discuss how to make your new Belgian linen bedding from Flaxlinens.com stay amazing!

There's a little bit of confusion out there regarding how to wash flax linen bedding properly. However, the process is surprisingly simple. The big thing to remember is that it's important to follow any specific linen care instructions on a label that might deviate from the norm.  Here's how to wash linen sheets!

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The Basics of How to Wash Linen Bedding

A linen laundry session starts with the right tools! Make sure you begin your laundry session when you know you'll be at home for a few hours. The entire process could take up to two hours. However, the amount of "active time" needed might be between five and 30 minutes. Here's the rundown of what you need to wash your linens:

  • A gentle liquid laundry detergent or mild soap (never chlorine bleach).
  • Laundry stain remover (optional).
  • A washing machine or tub.
  • A dryer, drying rack or clothesline.
  • Wool dryer balls.
  • A steam iron and ironing board (optional).

You do have the option to treat stains before washing your linens. It's important to avoid harsh stain removers that could eat away at organic linen sheets. Most stains can be corrected simply by applying your ordinary laundry detergent directly on the stain. Allowing the detergent to soak on that particular area for between 10 and 15 minutes before beginning a wash cycle may be the only treatment that's needed.

Getting Started

It's recommended that you fully unfold your linens before placing them in the machine. This will help to ensure that detergent and water reach all areas of your linens evenly. It doesn't hurt to actually shake linens a bit to spread them out before placing them in the machine. You can also turn pillow shams and duvet covers to face out before washing them.

Separate Colors When Washing Linen Sheets

Colorful linens should be separated from white linens if you're washing multiple sets at once. Of course, it's important to make sure you're not overloading your washing machine. While linens feel light in the hand, they actually absorb a lot of water. This means that your sheets will become surprisingly heavy during the wash cycle. Something to remember along those same lines is that it's important to use a sufficient amount of water when washing linens. The fact that your linens are going to "soak up" a lot of the water in the basin means that you may need to use slightly more water than normal.

Can Linen Sheets Be Washed With Other Fabrics?

Yes, you can technically wash linens with other articles and fabrics. However, this will really require a judgement call on your part. One tip to keep in mind is that washing natural fabrics with synthetic fabrics can lead to pilling. It's smart to at least only wash natural fabrics with other natural fabrics if you'd like to create longevity for your fabrics. Additionally, any articles that are washed with linens should be separated by color. Many people prefer to simply wash their treasured linen sheets fully separately from all other articles.

Putting Your Linen Sheets in the Wash

Your linen sheets should be cleaned using a gentle wash and spin cycle. Permanent press should be appropriate when washing your linen sheets. Cold or warm water can be used.

Does linen shrink? You should avoid high temperatures because extremely hot washes can actually cause your linen sheets to shrink. Additionally, longer washing cycles can actually cause profuse wrinkling. You can load your sheets into the machine using very loose, free folds that will allow the sheets to "breathe" during the wash cycle. Trying to shove too much into your basin when washing linen sheets is something that creates wrinkles. Here's a rundown of some best practices to keep in mind before washing your linens for the first time:

  • White linens can typically be washed at temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Colored linens can typically be washed at temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Finishing with a cool rinse can help to remove detergent and other residue.

It's always wise to wash new linen bedding before sleeping on it for the first time. Just keep in mind that you might notice what appears to be excessive lint during the first wash. This is completely normal. The lint shedding will reduce greatly after a few use-and-wash cycles. You'll also find that your new linen sheets become less coarse with every wash!

Flax Linens Drying Instructions For Long Lasting Linen Sheets

Drying Linen Sheets

It's perfectly fine to place linen sheets in the dryer. However, it's not required. It's recommended that you use a timed dry with medium heat. Removing your sheets from the dyer when they are still a little bit damp is actually a great way to prevent fabric wrinkles.

It's not recommended to use commercial softeners when washing linen sheets. Unfortunately, mainstream softeners tend to leave residue on linen fibers. This impacts the comfort and performance of sheets. Many people have success with using wool dryer balls as replacements for traditional fabric softeners. This can be a great way to make sure linen maintains that breathability that it's famous for delivering during sleep!

Some people prefer to simply hang linen bedding to dry. Be sure to smooth the hems and edges just a bit as you place the sheets on a drying apparatus. This allows the sheets to keep their shape with fewer wrinkles.


Ironing Washed Linen Sheets

There's no shame in taking an all-natural approach to beautiful linen sheets by never ironing them. Many people are perfectly fine with the slightly rumpled look of freshly cleaned linen sheets. If you prefer a neater look, it's fine to iron sheets. It's actually recommended that you iron linen sheets while they are still slightly damp. It's best if the temperature doesn't exceed 445 degrees Fahrenheit during ironing. Allowing freshly iron linens to sit for a bit before placing them on a bed will reduce wrinkling. You can also use an iron on your washed linen duvet cover or pillow shams.

How to Naturally Soften Linen

Linen sometimes earns a reputation for being slightly coarse. One option for starting with linen that's softer than usual is to opt for stonewashed linen. This variety tends to be softer and hang more elegantly than other varieties of linen.

The simplest way to make your linens softer is to wash them more frequently. The fibers in your sheets will become more flexible over time with very little effort when you simply use this approach. The sturdiness of linen means that you can wash your sheets frequently without fear. How often should linens be washed? Stripping the bed every one to two weeks to wash your lines is the standard.

Baking soda can be an easy softening agent for linen sheets. You can actually just mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with your detergent. It's then simply a matter of washing your load as usual.

Vinegar is also an easy tool for softening your linens without the need for chemical fabric softeners. Simply replace a fabric softener with a mix comprised of 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. You'll be surprised by how soft and fresh your sheets feel!

You can also use special dryer balls. Most products require you to use about two to three balls inside your dyer for a single drying cycle. The benefit of this option is that you'll speed up the drying cycle by about 25 percent!