Some people think that taking care of linen clothing takes a lot of work. I enjoy laundry day, and really don't spend much time fussing over the linen. I wash all my linen items separately from items made of other fabrics, and I keep the loads on the small side so each piece has room to move. After washing on the gentle cycle, I put the load in the dryer for about 7-10 minutes. I then hang each piece on hangers to dry, smoothing the out the wrinkles and adjusting the linen into how I want it to dry. I find that I rarely need to iron, and when I do, I don't mind it so much. It's fast work with a hot iron and some steam, and you are rewarded with instant results.
I love the look of white linen and have probably a hundred white linen shirts in my closet (ok, that's an exaggeration), but I have bad luck when it comes to eating and wearing white. I refuse to give up wearing my white linen, so I have become quite adept at stain removal. If I happen to dribble something oily on my shirt, I use liquid dishwashing soap with great success. I have also recently discovered Oxyclean. I know, I know - I'm a bit late to the game - Many of you have probably been using it for years! Oxyclean works miracles! It is truly an amazing product. I wet the affected area and then heavily sprinkle Oxyclean on it. I really work it into the area, occasionally adding water. Voila! Gone! Today I had a place about two inches across where a fry with ketchup on it fell on my shirt. When I got home, I used Oxyclean and you can't even tell there was ever a problem!