Better in the Bedroom - How to Wash Fine Bedding
When you spend one-third of your life between the sheets, it makes sense to invest in bedding that is soft, luxurious and will contribute to a good night’s sleep. The best quality sheets and pillowcase sets can be pricey but worth it. How then can you properly care for your bedroom investment? Here are our tips.
Washing sheets with towels or other laundry can shorten their lifespan. Rough surfaces of other laundry can cause friction, which can lead to wear.
Fabric softener and dryer sheets can leave residue behind that affects the absorbency and breathability of sheets, making them feel slippery and waxy.
To ensure even drying and smooth sheets, fold bedding in an accordion pattern, and they won’t ball up, damp and wrinkled.
Take sheets out of the dryer when they are still slightly damp and lay them flat to avoid both wrinkles and shrinkage.
Pretreat and soak stains if needed, but do not use chlorine bleach on good bedding. The bleach can destroy color and break down cotton fibers.
Quality sheets are made of cotton, and cotton can shrink or fray if not treated carefully. Set your machine cycle to gentle, and select cool or cold water.
Protect your home and your sanity with these clever home tricks to solve the most common household problems, from hiding nicks in the floor to resurrecting a sponge.
Your sponge smells like death. No, it really does. Zap away the stink by placing a damp sponge in the microwave for a minute or two.
Despite your best efforts, someone forgot to use a coaster. To remove water rings from wood furniture cover the mark with a clean, white dishcloth. Heat an iron to medium with no steam. Iron the cloth over the mark.
When you can’t close the junk drawer, you know it is time for a new solution.
Establish a lost and found basket. Miscellaneous items get placed in the basket for their owners to claim and put away. After a few days, toss whatever hasn’t been put away. If it wasn’t valuable enough to be claimed, stuffing it in a drawer won’t change that.
If the mold on your shower curtain is prolific enough to resemble the face of one of the Beatles, then it is time to clean it up. Toss a plastic shower curtain liner the washing machine with a bunch of towels. The towels will scrub at the liner and get it clean. When done, hang it back up in the shower to dry.
You are not a witch. Store your brooms with the handles down. This will protect the bristles and make them last longer for sweeping.
Unless you are purposely trying to annoy your roommates, family members or neighbors, you’ll need to address that squeaky door. For a quick fix, us a little cooking spray onto the hinges and then open and close the door a few times to distribute the oil. Just don’t use the butter flavored version, or you may develop a craving for pop corn every time someone leaves the room.
If you have kids, then you may also have two other things: chips in the floor and crayons. Combine the two for this quick fix. To hide small nicks in the floor, melt a little bit of crayon that is a close in shade to your floor. Use the melted wax to fill in the chip, then level it off with a plastic knife. This trick won’t last forever, but it may get you by until the kids are off to school.