I was recently given a washing recipe for sheets by the sales associate at Macy's:
1 1/2 cups cheap white vinegar
1 tablespoon detergent
Apparently, this recipe was developed by an 84-year-old woman who really knew her sheets. I've always dried sheets on hot (line drying is nice, but it rains for six months of the year here), but the lady said that drying them on permanent press is cooler and keeps the fibers smoother and softer? I think sleeping on really comfortable sheets is one of the great joys in life. I have these sheets in the washer right now so I'll let you know how this one goes. I'm not picky about too many things, but I am picky about sheets. Soft, white (or off-white) cotton percale (not sateen — here's a little discussion about the difference) is my preference in spring and summer. I wish I had the sheets my grandma always had on her beds — always white, always heavy, always so soft and smooth and cool. Just different, somehow. I've never found a set to compare, have you?
Can't wait to be able to sleep with the windows open.