On The Saturday Early Show, Laura Dellutri, "The Healthy Housekeeper," offered a guide to those January white sale bargains, telling what to look for, and how to care for the things you scoop up.
January white sales are going on in stores everywhere. And while you may be enticed by the word "sale," you still need to know how to shop for good linens, to take full advantage of the opportunities stores present you with.
In 1878, John Wanamaker of Philadelphia department store fame decreed January to be the time for a "white sale." Bed linens, which were available in white only, were sold at a discount. It's believed he might have done so to keep linen makers in business during a slow time of year.
It wasn't until the late 1950s that prints, as well as colored sheets, were also included in January white sales. White sales also include blankets, bedspreads, sheets, towels and washcloths, kitchen towels, etc.
Watch for the great sales and, while you are at it, organize the shelves in the linen closet, the bathrooms, and the kitchen drawers! Heck, it's cold outside; why not make the inside warm and inviting?
What should people look for when shopping for linens?
However, be aware that cotton/poly blended sheets have a thread count of 180 or lower tend to pill more easily, and not last as long.
What's the proper way to care for sheets, and how can we keep them soft?
Most sheets are washed in the cold / warm cycle; white sheets can normally withstand the hot water cycle. Read the labels to be safe. For sheets that smell luxurious when you lie in them, try a detergent such as Tide Pure Essentials with Baking Soda. White Lilac baking soda has been used for years to brighten and freshen, and combining it with citrus extracts leaves sheets smelling enticing and inviting. For softer sheets, use fabric softeners in the washer, and fabric sheets in the dryer.
Any suggestions for people who let pets sleep in their bed but hate the smells the animals leave behind?
Febreeze is a fabric refresher that eliminates odors without masking them. All you need to do is spray the sheets after the pet has been in the bed, and when you get back in at night, you'll get a pleasant smell. Febreeze is also an allergen reducer great news for people who have allergies and pets. Febreeze reduces 75 percent of allergens from dog and cat hair on soft surfaces so spray away!
Is this a good time to buy towels, too?
Yes, it is!
Here are three things to consider when buying towels:
When washing, colored towels will bleed at first, so make sure you wash them alone.
Are there other good buys during white sales?
Yes, things such as placemats, napkins, ring holders, can add a nice touch and change for your kitchen and dining areas this year. A few colorful placemats can change the look of your whole kitchen. Many stores also have great sales on storage items to help you get more organized.