How to Make Low Thread Count Sheets Softer

How to make rough sheets soft?

Washing sheets with baking soda to get rid of the chemical coatings that make sheets scratchy. Choose a cool or warm water setting, and put 1 cup of baking soda. Never add any fabric softener or detergent, for fabric softener makes chemicals even more difficult to remove since it coats the sheets. During the last rinse cycle, put 1 cup of white vinegar and choose a cold-water setting. Launder the sheets one more time using detergent, but use half the amount you’d normally use.

After washing, dry sheets on a clothesline outside. You can wash them again and dry them in the dryer without dryer sheets or fabric softeners if they still feel a bit stiff after the first couple of washings. While drying, you can add some dryer balls to help fluff them and keep their softness, instead of using fabric softeners or dryer sheets that leave behind a chemical residue.

It is recommended to give your sheets a quick dose of softness with 1/2 cup of white vinegar added to the wash cycle with your regular laundry detergent. And, the vinegar odor dissipates on its own and won’t stick to the sheets. What’s more, the vinegar will also assist in freshening up stale sheets and the rest of the laundry in general. Use less laundry soap than you may think you need. Do not overfill your washing machine.

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