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Standard housewife linen pillowcases and large Square linen pillow covers
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Want to know more about linen pillowcases?

What is a linen pillowcase?

Linen pillowcases are made from linen fabric, which is 100% natural. This high-quality material feels like a soft cloud to your hair and skin and provides you with a restorative and luxurious sleeping experience.

Linen is known for its temperature-regulating properties, meaning it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. That makes linen pillowcases ideal for any season.

Moreover, linen pillowcases are a great addition to your bedroom interior design. Cowberry’s linen pillowcases come in natural colours, such as cool grey, nautical blue, pinkish, and pure white.

How often should you change your pillowcase?

Changing your bedding, including your pillowcase, on a regular basis is a good practice and a part of your sleep hygiene. According to the dermatologic community, it’s best to change your pillowcase once a week. Nevertheless, if you have acne or other skin diseases, it’s advisable to change it nightly or every other night.

Our hair and facial skin accumulate dirt, oil, and air pollutants throughout the day. Although we wash them away before we go to bed, some of them still remain in our pores and are transferred to our pillowcase.

Are linen pillowcases good for your hair?

Linen pillowcases have a host of benefits for your hair. While synthetic pillowcases give you frizzy bedhair, linen pillowcases are like an overnight hairdresser that leaves you looking stunning.

That is so because the breathability of linen and its temperature-regulating properties prevent sweating and the extraction of the hair’s natural oils onto the pillow.

Are linen pillowcases good for your skin?

Linen pillowcases are incredibly healthy for your skin. Increased heat can dry out all the moisture of your skin and scalp, resulting in oily skin. Linen’s temperature-regulating quality helps balance the body’s sebum secretion, resulting in healthy skin. Moreover, the texture of linen promotes blood circulation, which has positive effects on skin health.

Linen pillowcases also have the natural ability to absorb moisture without holding onto bacteria or fungus, thus protecting your beautiful skin from irritations or diseases.

What is a housewife pillowcase?

The housewife pillowcase, often referred to as a standard pillowcase because of its popularity in the UK, has a sewn edge that fits neatly around the pillow. It’s designed to tuck over the end of the pillow.

Discover Cowberry’s range of linen housewife pillowcases and match your bedroom interior design.

How to put on a pillowcase

For a perfectly made bed, you want your pillowcases to be neat.

Start by turning the pillowcase inside-out. Hold the closed-end seam in the middle of your hand and align it with the seam of the pillow. Peel the pillowcase down over the pillow and line up the side seams.

If the edges of the pillowcase are dangling at the end, tuck in the top of the pillowcase first before tucking in the edges. This will give you the perfect rectangular shape.

How much bigger should a pillowcase be than a pillow?

Generally, a pillowcase should be about an inch bigger than the pillow. Alongside measuring the length and the width, consider the loft too. That is the height of the pillow when sitting on a flat surface. Depending on the filling, the loft will vary.

It’s important that the pillowcase is a good fit for the pillow, in order to achieve optimum head and neck support. Compress the pillow to find out how well it provides support and comfort.

Is linen better than cotton?

Linen and cotton are both made from natural fibres. Cotton is made from the cotton plant, while linen is made from the flax plant. The cellulose fibres in linen yarn are longer and wrapped tighter than those in cotton yarn, which makes them 30% stronger and more durable.

Linen is a lot more sustainable than cotton. Linen relies on only rainwater to produce crops whereas cotton is a notoriously thirsty and requires a lot of irrigation.

It also has natural water-wicking abilities and can literally hold up to 20% of its weight in water. This is great news for hot sleepers – no more uncomfortable sweaty nights and waking up in damp sheets!

Linen is also thermoregulating, meaning that it adapts and regulates to your body temperature keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Is linen soft?

Cowberry linen is stonewashed or garment washed as it is often referred to, which means it has been pre-washed prior to manufacturing. As home fabrics often shrink after their first wash, pre-washed bedding is much more likely to retain its size and shape. This process also accelerates the softness and suppleness of linen so you can enjoy sleeping on a bed of clouds from the very first night.

How to care for linen?

Linen is low maintenance luxury bedding and super easy to care for. But like all natural materials it’s important to look after it to ensure it lasts for years.

How to wash linen?

One of linen’s best properties is that the fabric improves its quality and softness with every wash. As with all natural fibres, natural shedding can occur which in turn leads to your bedding only getting softer with time. We generally recommend washing your linen bedding once a week, as you would do with any other type of bedding material.

Wash separately on a gentle 40°C cycle using a mild detergent. As linen naturally softens the more its washed fabric softener isn’t required and helps with the longevity of your bedding (and environment).

If you wish to hand-wash your linen bedding, use the above instructions in terms of water temperature and detergent type. Avoid twisting, wringing, or rubbing hard against the material.

Avoid using bleaching agents, such as chlorine or peroxide, as they can damage and discolour your linen bedding.

Luckily, linen is anti-static and naturally dust-repellent, meaning that it stays clean longer. It is also colourfast, so its colour won’t fade with time and washing cycles. Its naturally moth-resistant properties also contribute to its durability.

How to dry linen?

You can tumble-dry or air-dry your linen bedding after washing it. However, most people opt for the latter.

For those who love super soft linen, gentle tumble dry on a low to medium heat for approximately 20-30 mins remembering to remove immediately from dryer whilst still damp and hang dry. Over drying and on a high heat can damage and weaken the fibres.

Can you iron linen?

At Cowberry, we love the natural texture of linen, and we “embrace the wrinkle” for a relaxed, lived-in look. However, if you want your bedding to look crisp, prepare to iron it after washing and drying it and use medium heat to iron it while still slightly damp.

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