Green Goddess: Sheets

Long Lunch 15/05/2018
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Green Goddess by Wendyl Nissen: Sheets

I’m a bit of a white sheet fanatic and I love it when they are starched and ironed. I must confess I did this for a while, but now I just throw them on the line and let the sun crisp them up and give them that gorgeous smell. But if you want to have hotel-standard sheets here are some great starch ideas:

  • Save the cooking water from rice, pasta or potatoes and add to the rinse  cycle of your wash. I just throw the whole lot in and the sheets come out nice and crisp after a day in the sun.

  • Make starch by mixing 4 tsp cornflour to 1 cup water and add to the final rinse. If you have a large washing machine, mix up 2 cups. You can starch and iron if you really don’t have anything better to do. Mix 2 tsp cornflour with 1 cup water and put in a spray bottle. Spray before you iron. I throw about 10 drops of lavender oil in as well for a great fragrance. Or make this lavender water to spray on your sheets when they are dried and airing or before ironing.

Lavender Water
1 tsp lavender essential oil
60ml vodka
750ml water
Mix together in a spray bottle and spray on sheets after drying. Air before storing the sheets. Shake well before use.

Another idea is to buy some rosewater from your local Indian or Asian grocer and pop 250ml of it into the final rinse of your sheets or clothes. The smell is divine. There is nothing nicer than climbing into a bed which has just been made with fresh linen — but you can make that experience even more pleasant by giving your linen a lovely fragrance.

Blueing Powder
Mix 3 cups of baking soda with half a teaspoon of Prussian Blue powder. Store in an airtight container.

For one set of sheets, add a teaspoon of the mixture to the final rinse of your wash, making sure the bowl is full first. If you’re washing more than a set of sheets, increase the amount of blueing powder accordingly. If you hang your sheets out in direct sunlight, this will work even better. This is great for white shirts and underwear too.

Romance Pillow Spray
80ml water
20ml rosewater
1 tsp vodka
2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop bergamot essential oil
1 drop jasmine essential oil

Add all the ingredients together in a glass jug and whisk together with a kitchen whisk. The vodka is to help the oils disperse in the liquid. Pour into a spray bottle and enjoy.

Pure jasmine oil is very expensive but please invest in just 2ml as you will use it time and time again. If it is diluted in another oil it won’t have the same effect.

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