Now -- on to one of my favorite year-round pastimes...LAUNDRY.
First of all, finding beautiful cotton (or, hold your breath -- LINEN) sheets at an estate sale or thrift store, with a $2-$3 price tag is, on many days, reason enough, y'know?
IT IS THRILLING!!
Primarily because I know what I'm looking for -- I did write the book, people!!
So -- how can you know if that thrift store sheet is a beautiful quality sheet?
1. They MUST be 100% cotton (look for the required content label)
2. Good sheets are HEAVY...
3. Good sheets have beautiful finishing details.
What details am I talking about? Heavy gauge elastic on the fitted sheet, deep hems on the top sheet. Really expensive sheets will be hemmed on all four sides (as opposed to selvedge edges on the two long sides)
|When I bring my thrift-store-treasure home, I immediately put them in my washing machine to soak overnight...|
- An overnight soak in plain warm water...
- A second overnight soak with hot water and Oxy-Clean.
- A complete wash cycle with my usual detergent and hot water.
- A final, fourth full cycle, but with no soap -- just plain warm/cold water.
I never, N.E.V.E.R....never put my beautiful cotton sheets in the dryer. The whole point is to hang them outside, on the line, so I get that wonderful, therapeutic, blissful aroma...ahh......
For whatever reason -- THIS is a moment I take great pleasure in.
|Of course, it's a lot more trouble to hang my sheets outside in the middle of winter...ugh...|
|But, at least once or twice a year, I have to shovel a path under the clotheslines (because the snow is so thick, the sheets will drag on the snow.)|
|That's okay...its a small price to pay for those line-dried bed sheets.|