You can certainly shop for the softest sheets out there and that is the first step to having a welcoming soft bed for you to snuggle up in. What can you do it ensure your sheets stay soft or how can you get your current sheets soft to help your Sleepys bed feel a little softer?
1. Fabric Softener
Fabric softener is one key to a softer sheet. There are 2 ways to achieve this by either adding liquid softener to your washing machine load or by adding a dryer sheet or two to your dryer load. Liquid softener helps with making your sheets softer by breaking down the fibers and coating them with certain chemicals and fragrance that give the material a feeling of softness not originally there. Liquid fabric softener can cause allergic reactions if you are sensitive to fragrance but there are fragrance free options available.
Dryer sheets are a great option and do triple duty in that they make your laundry smell fresh, they add an element of softness to your fabric and they reduce static cling. The sheets do not add as much softness as the liquid softener does but combining both is a great idea. There are fragrance free dryer sheet available too.
Adding 1 cup of white vinegar to your washing machine load will indeed soften your fabric and treat smells that linger, as well. Vinegar is a more natural option, especially for those with sensitivities. The initial smell does go away in the dryer so don’t worry about your sheets and clothes smelling like pickles!
2. Sheet Choices
While this does play a factor in the sheet quality you cannot rely on it solely for sheet softness. Thread count is merely the number of horizontal and vertical threads in the sheet per square inch of fabric. Thread count usually ranges from 200-800.
Ply of the Fabric
This is even more important and a factor in thread count. The ply means how many threads are wrapped together in one single thread. 1 ply means one thread and so on. This does make a difference if you have a 400 thread count sheet but it is only 1 ply verse double ply. Technically a 2 ply 400 thread count could only be a 200 thread count. Does that make sense? 2 ply is what you are shooting for in higher thread count fabric, for softness. 2 ply will be more durable, as well. 1 ply will seem thin and delicate.
Types of Cotton
Egyptian, Pima, Organic and combed cotton all mean different things. Egyptian is breathable and very absorbent. Pima cotton is long lasting and grown in North and South America. Organic cotton just means it is grown without pesticides or fertilizers but does not guarantee any added softness .Combed cotton sheets are meant to be the softest because of the process in making them, imperfections in the fabric are manually removed.
Other Sheet Fabrics
Satin- Slick and movable but not considered soft
Flannel- Very soft and warm
Microfiber- durable and very soft
Percale- combed cotton and polyester blend, very soft and durable
Soft sheets are one way to making your sleeping experience the best that it can be. Experimenter with your own sheets or go out and splurge on finding the perfect new sheets for you, you are worth it!