Friday, August 14, 2009

castile soap to launder linen

I recently visited New York's union square farmer's market. If you've never been, This is an incredible place to find beautiful local produce, tropical plants, and great pieces of artwork and crafts. I bought fruits and vegetables including some incredible summer raspberries. To my dismay, when I returned home I found that incredible summer raspberry juice all over the bottom of my linoto linen tote bag. My first thought was that the bag is surely ruined. Raspberry, along with red wine and cranberry juice are among the toughest stains. I was desperate and determined to save my beloved tote. It's been so useful all summer long. I used a few drops of Shadow Lake organic castile soap which I'd recently purchased as a hand soap. Amazingly, like a magic trick, the raspberry stains disappeared before my eyes within seconds of applying it. Since then I've been using it on my own linoto linen sheets with incredible results. It leaves the linen feeling soft, clean, and inviting. I'm not saying that this will become linoto's main laundry soap, but it is certainly a wonderful product. I often say that mother nature has solutions to most of our little day-to-day problems. This soap is a perfect example. Instead of bleach or some harsh chemical detergents, natural vegetable based soaps save the day! I'd love to hear from others who have used castile soap for laundering linen or any other fabrics.

Sleep Cooler, Sleep Better

Did you know that sleeping in a cool, dry environment helps you sleep better? This is backed up by the findings of new research published in The New York Times. Please note: you may need to create a login/password with NY times to view this article.

If you’re like many people, you have fond memories of falling asleep under heavy down comforters in a chilly winter’s room – the fireplace’s embers slowly darkening as winter nights grow longer. Or perhaps you have a wonderful recollection of sleeping under the stars, snugly wrapped into a sleeping bag – breathing deeply the crisp night air, as the stars twinkled above. As it turns out, those deep and restful nights of sleep may be directly connected to the temperature of the space you were sleeping in.

Researchers in the United States and France have determined that the ideal sleeping temperature for most individuals is 60-68 Degrees Fahrenheit (15-20 Celsius)! Moreover, some studies have revealed that insomnia may be partially caused by an inability to cool your internal body temperature sufficiently – leading to uncomfortably long nights of tossing and turning.
And who among us hasn’t woken up – at least once – to flip a pillow because it had become too warm? It all goes to show – being cool when sleeping is a good thing. With their substantial, soft feel and extraordinary ability to breathe, linen bedding from Linoto is the easiest, greenest and most luxurious way to stay cool at night.

Linen’s ability to cool compared to cotton is positively extraordinary. Did you know that thread count for cotton refers to the number of threads woven per square inch? That is, the higher the thread count, the less breathable cotton becomes? Similar to silk, high thread count cotton is the warm sleeper’s worst nightmare: slick and impenetrable, your core temperature rises throughout the night – and waking up in a puddle of sweat is not abnormal.

But with linen bedding from Linoto – every night is a cool, dry night. Even when the temperature in your room is within the ideal range, Linoto linen helps maintain your body’s cool, and – especially when used with a duvet – ensures you are absolutely comfortable without making your skin feel warm, thereby lowering the quality of your sleep. And, linen is blissfully dry – resisting moisture even in the most humid of environments.

So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, consider lowering your room’s thermostat and using cooler, more breatheable bedding. Try a set of Linoto linen sheets for your bedroom today and see why thousands are making the switch to linen bedding.

Linen bedding by Linoto: the greenest, coolest and most durable luxury bedding available.