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Mum shares her simple method for softening your sheets for the best night’s sleep

Mum shares her five-step method for softening your sheets – and reveals why you should ALWAYS let whites dry in the sunshine

  • Mum Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, shared how she whitens and softens sheets
  • All you need is gentle liquid detergent, baking soda and eucalyptus oil
  • Chantel recommends you dry whites in the sunshine to brighten them naturally
  • Drying whites in the sun also helps to disinfect clothes and rid them of bacteria


A mum has shared her simple method for softening your sheets in order to enjoy the ‘best night’s sleep’, and revealed why you should always dry your white linen in the sunshine.

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said there are just five simple steps to getting ‘soft, fresh bed sheets’ – and you only need a few cleaning ingredients.

According to the mum-of-two, you will need to get your hands on some gentle, liquid detergent, baking soda and eucalyptus oil.

A mum shared her method for softening your sheets in order to enjoy the ‘best night’s sleep’, and revealed why you should always dry your whites in the sunshine (Chantel Mila pictured)

'Add a gentle liquid detergent to the drawer and half a cup of baking soda to the drum,' Chantel said on TikTok (pictured); baking soda is great at helping to reduce bacteria

'Add a gentle liquid detergent to the drawer and half a cup of baking soda to the drum,' Chantel said on TikTok (pictured); baking soda is great at helping to reduce bacteria

‘Add a gentle liquid detergent to the drawer and half a cup of baking soda to the drum,’ Chantel said on TikTok (pictured); baking soda is great at helping to reduce bacteria

The first step is washing your linen.

‘Add a gentle liquid detergent to the drawer and half a cup of baking soda to the drum,’ Chantel said on TikTok.    

Baking soda helps to regulate the pH level in the washing machine’s water by keeping it from being to acidic or alkaline.

By adding half a cup of baking soda to every laundry load, detergents can work more effectively to reduce bacteria.  

How to soften your sheets for the best night’s sleep 

Chantel shared her five-step method on TikTok (pictured)

Chantel shared her five-step method on TikTok (pictured)

STEP ONE: Add a gentle liquid detergent to the drawer of your washing machine.

STEP TWO: Put half a cup of baking soda inside the drum to reduce bacteria in the washing. 

STEP THREE: Add four drops of eucalyptus oil into the drawer of the washing machine to remove stains from your clothes.

STEP FOUR: Dry your whites in the sunshine and colours in the shade.

STEP FIVE: Place your linen in the dryer for five minutes to relax the fibres.

Source: Chantel Mila 

Following this, Chantel recommends you drop four drops of eucalyptus oil into the drawer to remove any stains from your clothes and always dry your whites in direct sun (pictured)

Following this, Chantel recommends you drop four drops of eucalyptus oil into the drawer to remove any stains from your clothes and always dry your whites in direct sun (pictured)

Following this, Chantel recommends you drop four drops of eucalyptus oil into the drawer to remove any stains from your clothes and always dry your whites in direct sun (pictured)

Following this, Chantel recommends you add four drops of eucalyptus oil into the drawer to remove any stains from your clothes.

Eucalyptus oil is brilliant for removing oily stains, as well as freshening and deodorising your laundry.

Water soluble eucalyptus oil can even be used to lift stubborn stains left by chewing gum, lipstick or grease.

‘Finally, dry your whites in the direct sunlight and colours in the shade,’ Chantel said.

Not only is the sun a natural way to whiten your white laundry, but it can also disinfect your clothes too.   

It does so by killing any bacteria that might not have been washed away during the washing cycle.

As well as this, the ultraviolet rays of sunlight help to bleach and disinfect laundry which is particularly beneficial for white sheets and towels.  

‘Place your linen in the dryer for just five minutes to relax the fibres,’ Chantel said. 

Thousands who saw Chantel's video were impressed and said she had inspired them to clean their own sheets (clip pictured)

Thousands who saw Chantel’s video were impressed and said she had inspired them to clean their own sheets (clip pictured)

Thousands who saw Chantel’s video were impressed and said she had inspired them to clean their own sheets.

‘Definitely doing this today,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘Love this, thank you so much for sharing’.

Chantel has built up a following of more than half a million on TikTok for her handy household tips and tricks and product recommendations.

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