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How can a person soften new sheets?

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To soften new sheets, wash them with 1 cup of baking powder, then rinse them with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. This process eliminates some of the chemicals manufacturers add to sheets before they are packaged for sale.

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Several factors influence the softness of new sheets, including the material and thread count. Higher thread counts result in softer sheets. However, even the best-made sheets can be stiff at first, which is why preparation is important for a good night's sleep.

Step 1: Wash the sheets

When washing new sheets for the first time, add 1 cup of baking soda instead of the usual detergent. Use warm water and the regular cycle setting to ensure positive results.

Step 2: Add white vinegar

Before the rinse cycle, pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the washing machine, then run the rinse cycle as usual. Two-cycle rinsing might help wash any remaining chemicals from the sheets. For larger sheet sets, wash one at a time to prevent machine overload or incomplete washing.

Step 3: Hang sheets to dry

Tumble-drying new sheets will not hurt them, but hanging them in the sun might help soften them further. Wash them again with regular laundry detergent, then run them through the dryer before putting them on the bed.

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