Category Archives: Bath

What Is a Bath Sheet?

 

Everyone knows what a bath towel is, but you may be unfamiliar with the term “bath sheet.” A bath sheet, also known as a body sheet, is essentially a larger version of your standard bath towel. The standard size for a bath towel is about 27 by 52 inches; a bath sheet is typically about 35 by 60 inches. Bath sheets make it easier to wrap your entire body than a bath towel.

The Home Source Body Sheets are comfortable, well-sized options if you’re in the market for a bath sheet. They have an extremely high fiber count, meaning better absorbency to dry you off faster. These body sheets are woven from a 600 GSM, 100% long-staple cotton, which makes them very soft, plush, and durable. This kind of dense weave is great because it provides a luxurious feel without a super high price.

Like bath towels, bath sheets come in a variety of colors and styles to match your bathroom. If you are looking for new towels in your bathroom, and never knew about bath sheets, they are definitely worth checking out. Most bath towels are a hassle to wrap around an adult body after getting out of the shower. Bath sheets are the perfect solution! Shop at LinensForLiving.com for all of your linens needs from the bedroom to the bathroom to the dining room.

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This Is How You Should Store Your Linens

If you have sheets or table linens that you only pull out when guests come around, then you know that it’s important to care for them properly. Since these linens spend most of the year tucked away waiting to be used, it’s necessary to store them safely so that they retain their good quality on the rare occasion that you pull them out.

There are two common methods for storing linens.

sferra-festival-tablecloth-oblong-11. The first is to fold them and keep them in a cool, dry place. This could be a linen closet, a cedar-lined drawer or trunk, a garment bag, or a storage container.

One important thing to keep in mind with this strategy is that your linens will keep their color and integrity best if you wrap them in acid-free tissue paper or a clean piece of cotton or linen fabric.

You should also layer your pieces according to weight. The heavier fabrics should go on the bottom, and the lighter ones on top. This will help prevent stressing along                                                                 the fold lines on the lighter fabrics, which in turn will keep                                                                the threads from breaking.

sferra-tesoro-sheet-set2. The second method for storing linens is to hang them on padded hangers. Any dry, cool closet with a hanger rod will do.

When you have them hanging, it’s a good idea to cover them with an old, clean pillowcase made of cotton or linen. If you use a plastic bag, you run the risk of trapping any potential moisture in the fabric, and possibly even discoloring your linens by a chemical reaction.

A few extra things to keep in mind as you store your linens:

  • Don’t starch your linens before you store them. Starch attracts insects, even if you have them stored in an airtight container or a cedar-lined drawer.
  • Always thoroughly clean and dry your linens before you put them away for an extended period of time. When you use them again, you want to be able to use them immediately.
  • Every 4-6 months, check on your linens. Look for mildew or bugs, and shake them briefly to make sure that the fold creases go away.
  • You can also put a lavender sachet in your closet or drawer to keep your linens smelling fresh! Read our post on DIY sachets to make your own.

Holiday Gift Guide

Need a gift that everyone can enjoy?

Give the gift of comfort.

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For the couch-napper

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For the indulgent one

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For the aspiring witch or wizard

 

 

 

 

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For man’s best friend

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For the Hoosier

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For the cuddler

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the advice-giver

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For the wild one

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For the new parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the cougar

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For the Ice Queen

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For the one who accepts only the best

 

 

 

 

 

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For the Doctor

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For the fan who never gives up hope

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For the one with the green thumb

 

 

 

 

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For the budding athlete

 

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For the Anglophile

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For the Celine Dion fan

 

 

 

 

 

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For the eco-friendly soul

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For the music lover

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For your favorite hostess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find everything you need to keep your friends and family comfortable year-round with the fabulous selection of bedding, bath, and home décor pieces at LinensforLiving.

Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

DIY Sachets for Your Linen Closet and Drawers

Sachets are one of the easiest ways to make sure that your linens always have a fresh, calming scent. They’re low-maintenance, and depending on the instructions you find on the internet, they’re pretty easy and inexpensive to make. And sachets can be made with so many different materials and scents that you can make yours as decorative and complex, or as simple and utilitarian, as you like.

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Ingredients:

  • A porous material or fabric. This can range from a coffee filter or a reusable tea bag, if you want to keep this as simple and inexpensive as possible, to muslin or cotton for a more attractive look or a gift.
  • Potpourri, dried lavender, or some other kind of pleasant-smelling herb. You can also use rice, which you soak with some kind of essential oil.

Instructions:

  1. If you’re making your sachet out of real fabric, cut out two identical rectangles in any size you want. Sew three of the sides together with the outer surface of each piece facing inside, since you’ll have to turn it inside out (or outside in, in this case) in order to keep the seams inside the pouch. If you’re using a coffee filter or tea bag, this step doesn’t apply to you.
  2. Fill your pouch, coffee filter, or tea bag with your scent. If you’ve chosen to use oil-soaked rice, we recommend soaking the rice in a separate bowl first and stirring it a little first.
  3. Close your sachet. If you’ve made a fabric sachet, sew the open side closed. If your sachet is made from a coffee filter, use a ribbon, or even a twist tie or a thin rubber band, to close it.

And there you have your sachet — easy and inexpensive to make! Put it in any drawer or closet to keep your linens smelling fresh and clean for ages.

What is GSM?

Peacock Alley Jubilee Bath Towel LinensforLivingIf you’re in the market for new towels, you’ve probably run across the term GSM. What does this mean? And why does it matter?

GSM is the standard measurement for determining the weight and quality of fabrics. The acronym GSM stands for “grams per square meter.” The higher the GSM of a fabric, the better the quality. This rule may sound like the false belief surround thread count and sheet quality, but with GSM, it’s different. This measurement has to do with the weight of the fabric, so it deals with the absorbency, performance, and quality of the fabric’s construction.

This standard is especially important with towels, since they are designed to absorb liquids. A towel’s GSM defines how dense it is, which affects how much it can absorb.

Towels will typically range from 300 to 900 GSM. Those with a lower GSM will obviously be less absorbent, but these towels may have a different purpose, such as a kitchen towel. Towels with high GSM measurements, such as 800-900, are going to be very dense, heavy, and plush. However, they will also be very absorbent. These are your luxury towels.

Now, even if your towel has a high GSM, you’ll want to check the type of fiber it’s made from. The best towels will be made only with long-staple cotton. Also, the fabric pile will be higher.

We offer a wide selection of luxury bath towels, ranging anywhere from 530 GSM to 900 GSM. We know that there’s nothing better than stepping out of the shower into the plushness and warmth of a soft, absorbent towel.

Why You Should Ditch Fabric Softener

LinensforLiving Vinegar as Natural Fabric Softener AlternativeLinensforLiving Aluminum Foil Balls as Natural Dryer Sheet AlternativeFabric softener is a staple for most American households, but it’s also a pretty good way to wear out your linens faster and expose yourself to chemicals. So what’s a person to do?

First, the gory details: Repeated washings with fabric softeners will definitely increase the material’s flammability and decrease its ability to absorb water and breathe, especially if the fabric is 100% cotton or 100% polyester.

Softener coats fabric with petroleum-based chemicals that are designed to prevent static electricity in your clothes and bedding. One of the effects is that the original finish of the fabric, which is part of what makes it feel or look the way it does, begins to break down so that the fabric wears out more quickly and more easily.

Another effect, and the more dangerous one, is that many of these chemicals are, at the very least, irritants to the human body. Ingredients range from benzyl alcohol, which bothers the upper respiratory tract, to phthalates and benzyl acetate, which have been linked to breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, respectively. A number of these ingredients have been put on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Hazardous Waste Lists.

So how do you keep your linens and textiles soft without exposing yourself to all these chemicals?

Vinegar is a good natural softener that won’t put chemicals on your fabrics or make your clothes less absorbent. Plus, it’s generally cheaper than traditional softeners. If you’re concerned that it will make your clothes and sheets smell like vinegar, no worries — it doesn’t leave a smell behind at all. Check out this post from Green Idea Reviews for a personal account of vinegar as a fabric softener.

However, vinegar won’t prevent static quite like regular fabric softener or dryer sheets. A great alternative to these is an aluminum foil ball. Not only is it cheaper in the long run (as they easily can be used for over six months), but an aluminum foil ball won’t leave chemicals on your clothes or bedding. It will work well in conjunction with the vinegar as a softener. Once again, Green Idea Reviews has a good personal post about using this alternative to dryer sheets.

Not only is it a cheaper transition from traditional softener to vinegar and aluminum foil, but it’s also a fairly smooth one. It’s an easy way to live a healthier life while maintaining your basic life habits.

 

College Dorm Checklist

Indiana University Bed in a Bag by Northwest CompanyIf you’ve gone shopping lately, you’ve surely seen the racks and stacks of back-to-school supplies that are on display now. While it’s generally easy to figure out what a kid in middle school or high school will need, it gets a little trickier with college kids. Not only do they need regular school supplies, but they also need regular living basics if they’re living in a dorm or an apartment.

Not to worry — we have a comprehensive list of all the linens essentials that your college kid will need for the next four years. Shop online with us and save both time and money. Plus, get free shipping on everything you order!

Now without further ado, the Linens Essentials for College:

Bedding:

Bath:

Living Area:

Don’t forget — we have a plethora of school-themed home products so that your kid can show their school spirit. Check out brands Northwest Company and College Covers to find licensed bedding and linens today!

Plus, we have a Back-to-School Pinterest board! This is a great place to start if you want a specially curated selection of college dorm items.

Looking for even better deals? Check out our clearance section, where you could find an even better price on the product you want.