I guess I did not realize how many linen napkins and tablecloths I had until I began to
unpack them, wash them and iron them.
Hmmm, seems as though they have multiplied while I was asleep.
Are there such things as linen gremlins??
So as the ironing pile grew and grew, so did my curiosity about the nature of linen.
You see, I grew up during the transition period from all natural fibers like cotton, linen and
wool to the synthetic generation of memory fabrics that required little to no ironing,
also known as permanent press.
As a youngster my Mother would iron weekly, and I remember the clean, clean smell of
fresh washed fabric pressed against the iron, while the little blue radio on the kitchen
counter belted out Frank Sinatra.
I was never much of an ironing gal, even in college.
Then came marriage, home making, having babies and raising them, along with PTA, girl
scouts Sunday School…
Back then it seemed like dragging out the old ironing board and iron took so much time,
so often times I tossed the clothes back in the dryer just to get a few wrinkles out.
(shhhh…I am speaking in a whisper)
(Although I was big on bleach and did keep everything super white.)
A little History on Linen
Linen is woven from flax, a plant which grows 12 to 40 inches in height.
Flax is referred to in the Bible and the Pharaohs had their clothes made from linen.
Linen might just be the oldest natural fiber.
Just click on Linen History for more information.
Caring For Linen
When washing your linen it is better to wash by hand or machine wash and actually
each and every time that you wash linen, it becomes more absorbent and even softer.
Use the gentle washing cycle with mild soaps in a lukewarm to cold water.
(Tip~pre-test your fabric first)
I had some very badly stained linen napkins that were my Grandmother’s, I had washed
them numerous times and still the stains would not come out.
Since I could not use them anyway, I felt that I might as well bleach them.
I soaked them in the sink in a bleach solution of 3 tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.
I completely submerged and soaked them about 5-10 minutes.
Then finished them up by machine washing them in warm water using detergent and 1/2
They came out looking wonderful!
Linen can be put in the dryer on the cool cycle and it is best to remove when it is still slightly
If you have a clothes line you can hang outside or even lie flat to dry.
It is much easier to iron linen while it is still damp, using a medium-hot iron.
If the linen is dry, use a steam-iron.
White linen can be ironed on both sides.
Colored linen is best ironed on the wrong side only.
Store linens in a cool dry place and avoid cedar chests, plastic bags and boxes.
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