8 Smart Linen Hacks You Aren't Using—but Should Be
The rapid pace of modern life coupled with an excessive workload has made overtime a common practice. The work/life pendulum swings heavily into the corporate corner, and quite honestly, we’re constantly tired. But don’t let your sleep slip down the scale of priorities. Our tip? Make your bed with luxurious linens to create a slumber sanctuary that will induce a sound snooze for anyone.
Is there anything more inviting than fresh linen sheets? That soft, cozy feeling is guaranteed to keep the z’s rolling all night long—their wrinkled aesthetic is also welcome news for fans of the messy bed trend. While they are an investment, linen maven and Cultiver founder Nic Sullivan said you can sleep on linen sheets on all year round. “It truly regulates warmer and colder sleeping temperatures,” he told MyDomaine. So in the same way you justify those expensive designer shoes, the cost-per-sleep makes them totally affordable. We tapped Sullivan to find out how we should care for linen along with the major the do’s and don’ts.
Linen might appear delicate, but according to Sullivan, it’s hardy enough to endure a regular machine wash and tumble dry. It’s actually the detergent you need to watch out for. “Washing powders to avoid are those with optical brighteners since these are harsh on fabric,” he said. If you’re unsure what these are exactly, Green Cleaning states optical brighteners are “synthetic chemicals added to liquid and powder laundry detergents to make clothing appear whiter and brighter, and thus cleaner.”
If you prefer to steer clear of chemicals (we don’t blame you), then look for the green alternatives in your grocery aisle, or a hydrogen peroxide–and-water solution works too.
The soft wrinkles are what a lot of people love about stonewashed linen. Sullivan says you can thank the stone washing process during manufacturing for that. It relaxes the fibers so that the fabric holds wrinkles less. But if you’re feeling lazy and leave them scrunched up in the dryer too long, they won’t come out that way. “To achieve the best look, don’t leave your sheets sitting in the dryer as they cool,” he said. “Pull them out and fold or put them back on the bed while they’re still warm. If you’re ironing them, then do so while they’re still slightly damp.”
Even when you’re careful, sometimes accidents happen. Put your hand up if you’ve spilled red wine on the linen sheets during a Netflix-and-chill session? Guilty as charged. Don’t stress—too much. Sullivan says the key is attending to it quickly. “A quick hand treating will suffice,” he said. “Bleach can be used sparingly on white, but don’t leave it to soak for longer than a half-hour. Dying in the sun will also keep colors bright and harness the natural antibacterial effect of sunlight exposure.” Just make sure you don’t soak it for long periods, or you’ll ruin the fabric.
While it is a very hardy fabric, Sullivan says there are a few big no-nos you need to be aware of.
1. Don’t soak them for long periods in bleach or similar treatments.
2. Refrain from wearing jewelry in bed, because it can snag and create holes.
3. Beware of active face creams, which can damage the color and fabric on your pillowcases.
Do you have any little-known cleaning and caring tips for linen?