#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried in the sun

Drift and dream into that crispy clean.

It’s always good when you can leave the sheets outside and let the sun do what the sun does best: be hot, heat things up, keep being hot. Just clothespin your business to the line, point up at the giant fireball in the sky and say “Over to you.”

Soon you’ll be spreading those sun drenched sheets over your mattress and curling into their warm wind-swept arms as you slip and fade into a cozy little world of


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585 thoughts on “#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried in the sun

  1. I have yet to figure out why sheets dried outside smell so damn good. A million times better than any brand of dryer sheets, any day of the week.


  2. Aha.
    I read this and I could somehow smell that warm, crispy smell of sun-dried bedsheets :D
    I love it so much, and I saw this and went “ARGH!!!! I AGREE SO MUCH!!!!!” :D
    I love this website, and I visit it everyday. Keep it up!!!!!!!!

  3. As long as there’s no bugs that want to feel that same, sun drenched sheets on a bed, feeling too!

  4. Now I just want to go back to bed.
    And listen to some tunes by Hot Hot Heat. :)

    I would dry everything outside if I could. But alas, many months of the year, I’m rack-drying indoors. Saves me $$ on both the dryer and a humidifier. Boo-yah, two birds with one stone.

    But nothing beats the smell of clothes dried outside.

    1. I’ve never had the ability to dry my clothes outside (not enough yard space), but I am definitely a huge proponent of the drying rack. Besides saving money, you get the added benefit of not having your clothes shrink!

      1. True! All that dryer lint is tiny pieces of your clothes. Not using the dryer extends the life of your clothes too!

    1. I actually like slightly ‘scratchy’ sheets … they are good for the circulation and somehow feel good to me :-) .

    2. All the soft and fluffy towels i use (well i really only have one, and after two years of occasionally using it at the beach it is still fluffy) come off on me. My big beach towel is dark blue and im always still finding bits of lint on my back and in my belly button -_-

  5. mmmmmmmm….
    And nothing better than freshly shaved/waxed legs climbing into a bed made of freshly washed and line dried sheets……

  6. I have never dried my sheets outside before.. :( this truly does sound awesome though. im just scared for bugs to make a home out of my sheets!

  7. I cannot wait to no longer live in an apartment and have a clothes line in the backyard of my home so I can do this :)!

  8. I dry all my stuff outside! I drag everything out the balcony. I have towels outside right now drying.

    (Smell the fresh air clean-goodness)


  9. I dry EVERYTHING outside. The smell is intoxicating, and everything smells really, really clean. Sheets are the best! A quick shake of everything you take off the line will ensure that your laundry is bug free. However,in several years of line drying, I’ve never had a bug in my laundry so if that’s what’s holding you back…fear not.

  10. I think I’m the only person that CAN’T STAND this smell or feel. When I was younger and my mom hung stuff on the line, I would have to put them in the dryer cause it just annoys me that bad.

    1. I didn’t wanna be a Debbie Downer but I don’t like the smell either! Maybe it’s just my area, but it when I dry stuff outside it ends up smelling like a sweaty person

    2. I put my stuff in the dryer after too! Gotta soften them up–otherwise my jeans are stiff as boards!

  11. Nice, and environmental! Just recently, I wrapped my daughters up in warm towels that I put on the back porch to dry once we came home from the pool. Awesome!

  12. I’m adding clothesline and clothespin to my shopping list. I’ve never dried anything outside before and now I’ve just got to try it. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  13. I confess to never having owned a dryer, so everything has always been dried outside when possible. The best thing is when you wash both your sheets and pyjamas, so everything has that awesome line-dried smell :-)

    Sunlight actually kills a lot of nasties that the dryer can’t and acts as a natural bleach for white sheets, so sunshine FTW!

  14. Just the thought of this makes me smile! Except now I feel old because I remember the days when we didn’t have driers and that was the only way we dry our cloths.

  15. When I was a young girl, there was no clothes dryer in my house. Hanging clothes on the line was a ‘domestic art’. There was a certain system to hanging out the clothes on a line. The items that took the longest to dry went out first, then from there down to the items which took no time at all, like tea towels and men’s handkerchiefs. This way, when the light things dried, you could remove them and add more quick drying items, leaving the heavy things on the line much longer. If I did not hang my line according to my mother’s strict guidelines, then off would come the wash and back up it would go in the proper order. To this day, I can look at a line of wash and critique the way it was hung. And,yes, why is it that some things dry crispy and some do not?

  16. Reading this post and the comments makes me realize the extreme line-dried deprivation I’ve experienced my whole life. :-/

  17. I use my clothesline a lot. But I think the smell is at its best in the spring and int the fall when the weather is cool, around 10 Celcius. And at those periods I sleep like a baby when my sheets are clean.

  18. My wife and I gave away our clothes dryer because it was just taking up space in the laundry. We line dry all our clothes, light colors outside in the sun and dark colors inside on a drying rack because here in south Louisiana the sun will bleach out everything. It smells great extends the useful live of everything and the cost is only a few minutes of our time.

  19. Love bedsheets from the line. And have your husband in T-shirts dried outside too and just cuddle and sniff. Delightful!!!

  20. Now were using the Clothes-dryer but i do remember the smell and the feeling of clean, dried in the sun bedsheets. How did you think about this one ? It takes me back to my childhood.

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  23. @ytd What the…?

    Well, anyways, where I live it’s never the right weather except in the summer, and that’s when my aunt dries her clothes outside. THEY SMELL SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!

  24. My sister asked me just yesterday why I wash my sheets so often. I sent her a picture of them on the line and said, “cause I love getting into bed after the sheets have been hung on the line”

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