It may not show up in The Top Tens Biggest Pet Peeves (yes, there is such a thing), but getting the corners right when putting on a fitted bed sheet ranks high in my mailbox.
Here’s the funny thing: Because it doesn’t bother me, I had no idea that quickly figuring out which corner goes where when putting on a fitted bed sheet was a major pet peeve for so many people! I guess I’ve lived my life just assuming that everyone knew the easy trick to get it right the first time, every time.
Q: Putting sheets on my bed is one of my biggest pet peeves. The frustration and total waste of time trying to figure out which way that fitted sheet goes drives me absolutely crazy. Help!!
Bed sheets, both fitted and flat, have a tag sewn into or near one of the four corners. The tag gives care instructions, the manufacturer’s name, sheet size and so forth.
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Find the tag then place it at the bottom right corner of the bed as you are standing at the foot of the bed looking toward the head. Right bottom corner. Visualize it. That’s all you need to remember for both the fitted and the flat sheet. I cannot confirm that this is universal tag placement protocol for all sheet manufacturers, but it’s true for the sheets I own now and have over the years.
Whenever I fold a clean sheet, I find its tag first, then fold the sheet so that the tag ends up on top. Now it’s a cinch to get that sheet on the bed the right way, first try.
Q: We have moved to an area with hard water. We cannot have a water softener. I’m at my wits’ end trying to find an additive to stop the destructiveness of hard water on my clothes. Have tried ammonia and vinegar. Any other suggestions?
Yes! Add 1/2 to 1 cup Super Washing Soda to the wash cycle. Problem solved! Washing Soda (sodium carbonate) should not be confused with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), although they are closely related.
Sodium carbonate (Super Washing Soda) “softens” water helping other cleaning ingredients lift soil from the fabrics and suspend the soil in the wash water. The washing soda binds to the minerals, which make water hard and allows the detergent to be absorbed into fibers properly to clean clothes.
Look for Super Washing Soda online or in the laundry aisle of some supermarkets and discount stores like Walmart and Target.
By the way, there’s a tip going around the Internet for how to make your own washing soda. Generally, it’s a matter of heating baking soda in the oven to a high temperature over a long period of time. And it makes me laugh.
I can’t confirm that heat over time makes that chemical conversion, but even if it does, who would do that when baking soda runs around $.25 an ounce while washing soda is half the price at around $.12 an ounce? My advice, don’t waste your time, money and energy.