Keeping your bedding soft and smooth goes beyond just washing and drying. Discover tips on how to store your home textiles and extend their longevity and freshness.
The sensation of slipping into a freshly made bed is certainly the highlight of our nights. There's nothing more relaxing than the smooth and fresh touch of our freshly washed sheets. However, believe it or not, the golden secret to maintaining the softness and color of your bedding often lies in how you store it.
Have you ever washed and stored your sheets carefully, only to find they've lost their softness and smoothness when you took them out again? If this sounds familiar, the issue might be how you put away your bedding. In this article, we'll dive into tips from our experts for your daily routine, ensuring your bed linen keeps its quality, even after numerous washes.
1. Choose a dry and airy space
Start by selecting the ideal location to store your bedding. Opt for a dry, well-ventilated space with low exposure to sunlight. Do you know that off-putting smell when you take your bedding out of the closet? Chances are, the space is overly humid. Beyond causing unpleasant odors, humidity fosters the growth of bacteria and dust mites. On the other hand, sunlight exposure fades the vibrant colors of your bedding.
If your home is naturally damp, use plaster, school chalk, or even a sachet of rice to absorb the humidity. The tips are practical, economical, and super sustainable.
Once you've chosen the storage area for your sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers, clean it properly using mild cleaning agents. Enhance the freshness of your pieces by adding a touch of laundry perfume to keep them consistently scented.
Here's a golden tip: avoid stacking your sheet sets and duvet covers on top of each other. Allow your pieces some breathing room. Stacking can damage the fibers of your pieces and their softness. If you're dealing with limited space, distribute the weight by placing heavier items below lighter ones. Always remember to put your duvet on top to protect its filling.
2. Wash and dry gently
Simplify your household routine by placing your sheets and pillowcases in the washing machine right after you've stripped the bed. Even without stains or odors, the truth is that daily routine creams and body oils can damage your bedding over time.
Don't know how to wash bed sheets properly? Follow the care instructions and wash them at lower temperatures using a neutral detergent. These tips not only reduce carbon footprint but also safeguard the softness and color of the pieces.
Air dry your bedding. Apart from being more economical and environmentally friendly, it's the best method for extending the life of your clothing. It's not just about letting the pieces dry but allowing them to breathe.
Yet, we know that adopting this habit can be challenging during the Winter months. If so, dry your sheets indoors near a heat source using a moderate temperature for brief periods. Always prioritize safety by keeping a safe distance from the heat source.
Last but not least, ensure that your bedding is completely dry before storing it. Even a slightly damp hem can be enough to cause unpleasant odors over time.
3. Protect your bedding
When it comes to organization, some people opt for cardboard or plastic boxes. However, the reality is that neither of these options is adequate for safeguarding your pieces.
Avoid cardboard as they are known for absorbing moisture. Contrary to common belief, plastic isn't a much better choice either. Over time, this material can release substances that stain your sheets.
Instead, why not use rattan storage? This way, you ensure that your sheets can breathe and prevent the development of moisture.
At THON, we tackle this issue head-on. Beyond our eco-friendly packaging, our products come with complimentary laundry bags crafted from surplus materials in our production. Give them a new life by upcycling them to store your bedding sets.
4. Add soft and fresh scents
After storing your bedding, indulge your senses with a subtle aroma. Apart from our suggestion to lightly mist your bedding with laundry perfume, place lavender or eucalyptus leaves into the storage space. They leave your sheets with a delicate scent but are also a natural insect repellent. But remember, avoid direct contact between the lavender leaves and your pieces to prevent stains.
Another golden tip for scenting your bed linen is putting scented sachets or wrapping them in scented paper. As well as eucalyptus leaves, sachets of herbs and laurel naturally keep moths away.
As we've seen, preserving the freshness and softness of your bedding can be more straightforward than it seems. The key is to find your organizing method to enhance your nightly comfort. Which of our tips intrigued you the most? Do you know any others? Let us know in the comments below.