How to Soften Linen Sheets

  • Linen is one of the sturdiest fabrics used in the textile industry.
  • Usually, the linen is pre-softened by the manufacturer before turning it into the bedding sheets, clothes and etc. 
  • If the linen sheets still lacking comfort, there are a few very effective methods to soften them at home.

Linen is a very sturdy and strong material. Therefore, in order to make it comfortable to use, the linen fabric has to be softened before turning it into the bedding sheets, pillowcases or clothes. Once softened, linen sheets are extremely easy to wash and dry. Even more, most of the time you don’t even have to iron them! 

So, what to do to soften the linen fabric?

Wash It More Often

The first and 100 % successful method is to wash your linen sheets more frequently. In other words – use your linen bedding and wash your linen bedding as often as possible. Over time, the linen fibers get more flexible and soft without any additional effort.

Although this method seems super easy, it requires a lot of time and patience. If you are short of the time, simply move further adding a natural fabric softening method.

Baking Soda

This powder can soften the linen fabric even after the first try. There are a few simple and straightforward ways to use it:

  • Mix ½ cup of soda with the washing powder, and wash everything in the washing machine as usual.
  • 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.
  • 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

White vinegar is a well-known natural cleaning solution that can also be used as a natural fabric softener. There are also a few different ways to use it:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Not only the vinegar softens the linen but it also removes the remaining residue of the washing powder or scent from the laundry.

Dryer Balls

Haven’t heard of such thing as of yet? Let us introduce you:

  • Dryer balls come in a wide variety of different shapes, colors, and materials such as rubber or plastic. However, the most popular ones are made of pure wool.
  • These balls work as an alternative to the chemical and toxic fabric softeners.
  • 2-3 balls put into the dryer soften the fabric and speed up the drying process up to 25%.

Perhaps, you now wondering what is the mystery behind that? It’s pretty self-explanatory and logical! The dryer balls 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: Are you by any chance a tennis player? Cause tennis balls would do the same trick with your linen laundry as any dryer ball!

Here you are – fully prepared to break the myth that linen fabric is not comfortable because it feels hard and itchy on the skin. Even if it does feel like that at first, you know how to soften the linen in a few easy and simple steps.

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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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