How to Soften Linen Sheets

  • Linen fabric is known for its exceptional sturdiness in the whole textile industry.
  • Before the linen is turned into the clothes, bedding sheets, and similar textile products, it’s usually pre-softened by the manufacturer.
  • However, if you feel that your newly-bought linen sheets are not as soft as you may have expected – there are a few very effective methods to soften them at home.

As linen is a very strong and sturdy material, it has to be softened before turning it into the bedding sheets, pillowcases, or clothes. This way it becomes much more comfortable and ready for use.

Softened linen sheets become super easy to wash and dry. Besides, most of the time you don’t even have to iron them!

The question is – what to do to soften the linen fabric at home?

Wash It More Often

Easy as it may sound, the very first advice is to simply wash your linen sheets more often. In other words – use your linen bedding and wash your linen bedding as frequently as possible. Regular washing of the linen sheets makes the linen fibers more flexible and soft without any additional effort.

This method is easy but requires time and patience. If you don’t have any of those – simply move further to another – natural fabric softening method.

TIP: Pure linen is a truly magical fabric – because of its unique qualities, it gets shinier, softer, and therefore comfier after each wash!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a very popular natural cleaning powder that we talk about all the time. Surprisingly, not only it is a natural cleaner, but also a great fabric softener! This powder can soften the linen fabric even after the first try. There are a few simple and straightforward ways to use it:

  • Pour some baking soda in the laundry detergent tray. Mix some of your regular washing powder with ½ cup of soda, and drop everything in the washing machine running the usual washing cycle, as usual.
  • Soak your linen sheets into the baking soda solution before washing. Fill the whole bucket with warm or cold water and pour the whole tub of soda in it. After that, simply soak the linen sheets in this solution overnight (or even for 48 hours). The principle is simple – the more of the baking soda you use, the stronger the softening effect will be. In the end, simply wash the items in a regular way and dry them.
  • Dissolve some baking soda directly into the water while hand-washing your linen sheets. If you are about to hand-wash your linen sheets, simply dissolve half or a full cup of the baking soda into the water before washing. Afterward, wash everything as you normally do. 

White Vinegar

Another very often used natural cleaning solution is vinegar! The good news, it can also be used as a natural fabric softener. There are also a few different ways to use it:

  • Use vinegar instead of chemical fabric softener. When machine washing the linen sheets, replace the chemical fabric softener by adding a solution of ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water.
  • Rinse your linen sheets with vinegar only before washing. Before washing, first, rinse the linen sheets in the washing machine adding only  ½ cup of pure white vinegar instead of washing powder. After that, wash the clothes again under the regular washing cycle using the cleaning detergents of your choice.
  • Soak your linen sheets into the vinegar solution before washing. Pour 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and leave the linen sheets soaking in this solution overnight. The next day, simply drop them in the washing machine.

TIP: Vinegar not only softens the linen fabric but it also removes the remaining residue of the washing powder or scent from the laundry.

Dryer Balls

If the baking soda and vinegar are not news for you – maybe dryer balls will be?

  • There are various shapes, colors, and materials dryer balls, such as rubber or plastic ones. However, the most commonly used are made of pure wool.
  • Dryer balls are an alternative to the chemical and toxic fabric softeners and provide almost the same effect!
  • It’s enough to put 2-3 balls into the dryer to soften the linen fabric and speed up the drying process up to 25%.

The working principle of the dryer balls is pretty straightforward and logical – they simply prevent the laundry from clumping together during the drying cycle. This way the hot air can circulate freely allowing the natural fibers to separate and that’s exactly why your linen sheets become soft, nice, and comfy!

TIP: If you don’t have a specific dryer balls at home – look for tennis balls – they would actually do the same trick with your linen laundry as any dryer ball!

Well, that’s it – you are now fully prepared to break the myth that linen fabric is not comfortable because it feels hard and itchy on the skin. New linen sheets might feel like that at first, but you now know some easy and super effective methods on how to soften the linen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on what condition they are. If the linen sheets are brand-new and were not pre-softened by the manufacturer – they may not feel very soft. However, there are a couple of very effective ways to soften the linen fabric. Besides, the linen tends to soften over time, therefore if you have enough patience, you do not have to put any effort – just use your linen sheets and watch them getting softer and softer!

Of course, you can! Feel welcome to try any of the natural softening methods presented in this article – time, baking soda, vinegar or dryer balls.

Yes, it does. The more you use it and wash it – the softer it becomes. So, arm with the patience and give it some time.

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