Tips&TricksUnlock the secret to softer bedding: Swap out harsh chemicals for natural alternatives

Unlock the secret to softer bedding: Swap out harsh chemicals for natural alternatives

The woman changes the bedding.
The woman changes the bedding.
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12:54 PM EST, January 27, 2024

With time, our pillows, bedding, and sheets lose their softness, causing their texture to feel more like sandpaper than a comfortable surface. Such bedding causes discomfort and hinders a peaceful sleep, with each movement triggering irritation. Over time, sleeping on such bedding causes us to wake up feeling restless and irritated. Fortunately, this bedding issue can be easily resolved!

What can soften the bedding?

Softening one's bedding may not be as straightforward as it appears because merely tossing beddings, sheets, and pillows into the washing machine does not solve the problem. At times, the fibers of these materials harbor unwashed substances that reduce their softness. Especially new bedding tends to contain many such remnants that provoke itchiness rather than comfort. We often use softening agents during the laundry process, but they don't always work as intended. Therefore, natural detergents would be a much better alternative.

The most effective solution is the tried-and-tested mix of baking soda and vinegar, which not only eliminates dirt from hidden corners but also softens bedding. When washing a new set in the machine, the best approach is to add 1 cup of baking soda in the dispenser, and in place of rinse aid, add 1/2 cup of vinegar, then run the machine as usual. If the washing machine offers this feature, set the wash on a high temperature and the rinse on a low one. This method ensures that all accumulated dirt in the bedding is fully washed out.

DIY techniques for soft bedding

Another excellent substance for softening bedding is Epsom salt, also known as English salt or Ems salt, a steadfast household cleaning agent for years. For rough bedding, consider soaking it in water mixed with 1.8 ounces of Epsom salt overnight. This remedy also works well for hard sheets and pillowcases. By morning, a rinse in clean water, well wrung out, will make them soft as down.

Soaking bedding in a solution of six tablespoons of borax and two handfuls of cooking salt also yields impressive results. Borax, a popular product, offers versatile uses, such as cleaning, dishwashing, and softening pillowcases and sheets. As an efficient laundry detergent, borax is a cheaper alternative to washing powder and is also safe for individuals with allergies.

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