Truth be told, I change my bedsheets once a week. I also love the smell of clean bed linens and the smell of baby powder. When I make up the bed every morning, I sprinkle baby powder over the bottom sheet and a little on the pillow cases. It's nice climbing into a fresh smelling bed.
I bought a body mist recently that was too fruity smelling to my personal taste (I smelled like a raspberry), so I used the mist on my bedsheets. That was nice too and used up the product that would otherwise have sat on the shelf for ages.
By Mlina from Amherstburg, ON
Editor's Note: Many members have expressed concern with using baby powder or any chemical sprays where they can be inhaled. Use prudence when scenting your own bedding.
I don't like to use the scents that smell like any type of food. My favorites are Ocean Breeze and After the Rain. On days when I don't put my linens on the line, I spritz them with those scents and have a nice smelling bed to get into.
I read not long ago somewhere that many people make their beds too soon. Go put on a pot of coffee or shower or read part of the morning paper or something before you make the bed so it has a chance to air out a bit. If you make it too soon the night moisture is then trapped and mildew can form! Anyone else hear this?
If your going to sweat so terribly bad anyway, maybe changing it each day is a wiser idea though.
I use to put the bath powder between the mattress pad and the bottom sheet. It does smell good but since Fabreeze came out, I use that when I have it. I am partial to Yankee candle "clean linen' air freshener, to spray around in the room at night. It may not be on your sheets but you drift off to the smell of clean linen. I have also tucked a fabric softner sheet in the pack of the pillow case too.
Caution: All of these fragrant sprays, powders, etc. are made from chemicals that contain carcinogens that should not be inhaled. I would especially not use them on pillows. I use 1/2 a fabric softener sheet in the dryer rather than a whole one, with the same results. An oncologist guest speaker at a meeting I attended warned us to use chemicals very sparingly and never inhale them.
Not only the health risks listed but the issue with asthma having it so close to your face.
Talc is one powder used years ago. Baby powder nowadays is made with pure corn starch (I checked label in my cupboard). If you have old baby powder that does not say cornstarch, remove and dispose of it.
Love this idea. I also put my pillows outside on my patio chairs, works even better on a windy day. Not only is the bed fresh but the pillows are too! There is nothing better than getting in a fresh bed.
Sounds nice, but I wanted to let you know that talc powder is made from talc stone and it is not healthy to breath in at all. It is a cancer causer. You can buy or make powder made from other things, such as baking soda, or rice powder and add baby powder scent.
Cancer risk: Scientists have found talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer. Women who use talcum powder every day to keep fresh are 40 per cent more likely to develop ovarian cancer, according to alarming research.
Scientists fear powder particles applied to the private parts may travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish.
Although previous studies have raised concerns over talc, the latest findings from the U.S. suggest that the risks are much greater than first thought. Now the researchers have urged all women to stop using talc immediately.
Experts from Harvard Medical School in Boston studied more than 3,000 women.
They discovered using talc just once a week raised the risk of cancer by 36 per cent, rising to 41 per cent for those applying powder every day.
The study also revealed that the risks were greater still for those with a certain genetic profile. Women carrying a gene called glutathione S-transferase M1, or GSTM1, but lacking a gene called glutathione S-transferase T1 ( GSTT1), were nearly three times as likely to develop tumours.
Around one in ten Caucasian women are thought to have this genetic profile, putting them at sharply increased risk. Talc is made from a soft mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate, which is found throughout the world.
It is crushed, dried and milled to produce powder used in cosmetic products by millions. Some experts say it has chemical similarities to asbestos, which can cause a deadly form of lung cancer.
I, too, let my bed air out for at least 10-20 minutes before I make it. I haven't used talcum powder in years because of the health-hazards. As others have said, you can buy or make body powder that can be made with French green clay, arrowroot, cornstarch, and an essential oil.
Amazing how much can kill us these days. I grew up in the deep South where it gets hot and no one had a/c back then. I learned from my grandmother (who lived to over 90) and she learned from her mother (who lived to 89) to dust the sheets with a tiny powder mix in the summer months.
The original dusting "powder" was 2 cups cornstarch to keep the sheets from being sticky, 1/2 cup baking soda to keep down odor and, later, a dash of baby powder was added as an inexpensive way to add a light fragrance.
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