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Friday, October 22, 2010

Do you send your sheets to the laundry?

Imagine my surprise when I was asked if I send my sheets to the laundry. Not that I haven't done that before. And my grandmother always sent hers to the laundry. But.....NO!
Here's what I do to get a smooth as ironed finish to the all cotton sheets:
  1. Wash as directed.
  2. Take them out of the washing machine one piece at a time and drop into the dryer.
  3. Set the dryer to hot.
  4. Test your dryer, but I set mine to dry 18 minutes for our complete set of king-sized sheets.
  5. Take them out of the dryer. They will be damp to the touch, but this is how you want them.
  6. Put the fitted bottom sheet on the bed. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.
  7. Place the top sheet or duvet cover on top, once again smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.
  8. Put the pillow cases on your pillows, again, smooth out the wrinkles.
  9. Do not tuck in any sheets at this time!
  10. In a short time, maybe about 1 hour, everything will be dry.
  11. Make the bed as you normally do. 
Tip: if your sheets a bit on the dry side and the wrinkles don't smooth out, use a water-filled spray bottle to make the sheets a bit more damp.
If however, that doesn't help, then you've baked the wrinkles in and need to rinse the sheets again and start over.

Enjoy your perfectly smooth sheets!
How do you make your bed?


Entertaining Women said...

I'm going to give this technique a try. I usually just iron them. This sounds much easier. Thanks for the tip and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

xinex said...

Thanks for the tip, Marlis. Your sheets looks so fresh and smooth!..Christine

Bill said...

Hi Marlis,

Great post! I do try not to let the wrinkles bake in, but sometimes I get busy and forget to take them out in time. I used to sometimes iron sheets (or, if I didn't have much time, the pillowcases and the part of the sheets that show when the covers are folded back). At some point I decided life's too short for all that!

I'll definitely try your method!

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Kuby said...

Very nifty idea

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Kathleen said...

My mom always sent the sheets to the laundry, but they were percale. Although the new high count sheets do wrinkle easily. I do it the same way you do. I do that with a lot of the napkins too. Just hand smooth the wrinkles out while damp.

Sara said...

thanks for this tip. I admit, I was skeptical, but it worked like a charm!!!


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