ISome linen, even from quality brands, can be rough and itchy. I've researched how to soften linen clothes and here are the methods I find most effective...
Wash your linen
and wash it some more
The more often linen is laundered, the softer it becomes. It's okay to wash a few times before wearing or using linen.Some linen garments can shrink, so use the gentle cycle and air dry for your first washing.
If the dryer doesn't cause shrinkage, continue use as it helps with softening linen. Consider adding dryer balls to help with softening the garments, shop them below.
There are a few different ways that white vinegar is used to soften linen.
Add a 1/2 cup to your wash, or mix 1 cup of vinegar with one cup water to use instead of detergent.
For extra rough linen, let it soak in a gallon of water and one cup vinegar for 10 minutes to overnight.
try baking soda
my favorite method
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your usual wash. Do not add fabric softener. This will help soften linen.You can also add a cup of baking soda to a large bucket of water. Soak your linen from half an hour to overnight.
Ironing linen will help smooth the flax fibers, providing a softer feel. I find the best way to iron linen to soften it is to dampen the linen, and then using a pressing cloth, iron the linen and steam out the moisture.