Who doesn’t love freshly laundered sheets? They might even help you sleep better. We spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping, so why not make the space we do it in as clean and comfortable as possible? With just a few simple steps – maintenance and proper cleaning – your bed can stay fresh for a long time. Below you will find a guide to keeping your bed linens clean and smelling fresh while they are safely resting in your closet.
Add Some Scent
Laundry detergents have come a long way since the old days. Choices for detergents with scents are various – from lavender to mountain air and garden flowers. Much like layering on fragrance by applying body lotion before perfume, using detergent, fragrance crystals, softeners and dryer sheets in the same fragrance helps imbue linens with the aroma you love.
Let Linens Breathe
Storage space can be some of the most coveted real estate in your home, but don’t give in to over-packing linen closets. Overloading shelves in linen closets prevents linens from getting the benefits of air circulation and can result in a musty, stale smell. Give linens room to breathe and you’ll find they stay fresher longer. Line linen shelves with scented paper to help freshen the air, or tuck dryer sheets between towels and sheet sets.
Dry as a Bone
Take extra care to make sure any linen is completely dry before you put it away. Just a small amount of moisture can bloom into a musty mess in the dark space in a closet. To prevent mildew smell, thoroughly dry towels and sheets. If you prefer to line dry your linens, give them a quick pop in the dryer before storing them away to ensure they’re completely dry. The dryer also gives you a chance to put in a fabric-softener sheet for extra fragrance.
Rotate Your Stock
Keep linens in rotation to make sure no sheets spend too much time resting in the closet. When putting away linens store the freshly laundered ones in the back of the existing supply. This way, you will be sure to use everything in the closet rather than just what is on top of the pile.