It may be easier enough to put your pillow cases, comforter and sheets in the washing machine and let them dry, however, there is more to this than meets the eye. If you want something done properly, you have to do it right. After all, you most probably want these fabrics covering your bed to look appealing, but they should also feel smooth, comfortable and give you a peaceful night’s sleep.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Remove Stains

Before you put any linen in the washing machine, make sure that you get rid of any stains that have accumulated. You may need a specific solution, depending on what the problem is. You also need to read the instructions and make sure that it is nothing harmful you are applying. Too much scrubbing is going to cause wear and tear. While it is important to apply a little elbow grease, you need to be gentle with these fabrics. Use something natural, but powerful at the same time.

2. Prepare to wash

Make sure you wash all of your white linen together. You need to make sure that no red socks or other clothing have slipped in there, otherwise your washing may end up pink in the process. If there are any buttons or other features on the linen, take them off beforehand.

Detergents should be applied to directly to the machine and not to the fabrics.

3. Tips for Drying

Don’t leave your linen in the machine until it is bone dry. Wait until they are almost dry and then hang them over a rack indoors where they will finish drying naturally. It is easier to fold them up in this way. It is difficult to get rid of creases when you are ironing.

When you are hanging up your washing on the line, be careful in the way you peg this up. Wear and tear will often be caused by the way in which you the pegs. There are special pegs available which don’t cause as much damage to the fabric.

4. Iron Linen for the soft touch

Many people will avoid ironing because it is time consuming. However, if you really want discover soft sheets as you climb into bed, this is the perfect solution. You will find that it is best to iron the linen when it is a little moist. It is easier because the creases will even out.

5. Cleaning Blankets

Blankets don’t have to be cleaned as often because they will usually be placed on top of the bed. However, a woolen blanket always needs to be hand washed. There is special detergent available for this. You will also find that you can take advantage by airing the blanket out every so often.