How to Soften Linen Fabric

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Linen fabrics are much stronger and smoother than cotton and there are only few things to know for your linen textile or clothes to last a long time. Linen has a tendency to wrinkle easily, especially when it's new. Gently used linen feels soft and supple, while new linen may feel stiff and harsh if it is not special treated during the production process.
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Actually, with each washing, linen becomes softer and more absorbent. It may seem like it would be scratchy, sometimes, because of the texture, but unlike wool it doesn’t really give you the itches. Weight can be a factor too but you can speed the softening process without damaging the fabric. The results depend on how the linen fabric was originally manufactured.
 Before laundering your linen, always check the manufacturer's suggestions for care. Most linen is best washed in cool or warm water in the gentle cycle and dried on low heat. If your linen has been pre-washed and preshrunk, you may be able to dry it on a higher heat setting. Feel free to machine dry your linen clothes or textile if you have one – use cool temperatures and remove when still slightly damp as over drying can make linen stiff and crackly. When removed from the dryer linen items can be hanged on a hanger or lied flat to become completely dry.
Traditional fabric softeners may not work well on linen fabric; plus, they may add a chemical residue or a scent that you don't want. Option for a natural fabric softening method by adding a solution of 1/2 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of vinegar to the wash. You can soak the linen overnight in a stronger solution of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water before washing. Use dryer balls during the drying cycle, because once again, you're trying to increase friction.

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