By washing and drying clothes correctly, you can extend the life of your favorite garments. You just have to know what material your clothes are made of. Here below we list the majority of the materials we use in our collections - and how to wash and dry these garments to keep their shape and color as long as possible.
A lot of laundry advice is fairly general, that is, it can be applied to all garments made of the same material. However, it is important to pay attention and always double-check the washing tag on each piece of clothing before washing it - otherwise, you risk the garment shrinking or losing color.
Other general advice is to use liquid detergent which is both gentler on the environment and the garments. Always close all zippers, never use bleach, and preferably wash garments inside and out.
Today, both detergents and washing machines are so good that clothes get completely clean even at low temperatures.
Wool is a durable material that rarely needs to be washed. It is usually enough to air the garment for it to feel fresh again! Wool fiber itself is naturally antibacterial, which is one of the reasons why it does not need to be washed very often. If, however, your wool garments get stains, it is of course fine to wash them in the washing machine. But choose a gentle washing program such as hand wash or special wool programs. The best and gentlest way to dry wool clothes is to dry them flat, preferably on a dry towel.
Lyocell is a material that resembles silk and should therefore be handled carefully, to last as long as possible. As lyocell can be sensitive to high temperatures, we recommend the cold hand wash program or the wool program on the washing machine for our garments in TENCEL™ Lyocell - a laundry bag is also recommended. Our garments in TENCEL™ Lyocell should not be tumble-dried but can be ironed (inside out) at a low temperature.
Hemp is one of the most versatile and durable materials and acts like a cotton garment when it comes to shrinkage etc. It should be washed carefully, at 30° C. Then hang dry the garment.
To extend the life of your polyester garments, we recommend that they be washed on a gentle program at 40° C. The garments should not be bleached, dry-cleaned, or ironed - but can be tumble-dried at a low temperature. The best is, of course, to dry the clothes on the floor or hang them dry. We also recommend using a "guppy friend" to catch any microplastics.
Cotton garments are washed at a 'normal' washing program at 30° C. The clothes should not be bleached, dry-cleaned, or tumble-dried - but can be ironed at a low temperature. For cotton clothing with difficult stains or underwear, it is fine to wash at slightly higher temperatures, but the higher the temperature, the greater the risk of the garments losing their shape.
Frequently asked questions
How do I wash knitted sweaters?
Depending on the material the sweater is made of, the washing instructions differ, but in general, we recommend all hand-wash programs for our coarsely knitted garments. There are special wool programs for knitted wool sweaters. Regardless of the material, a knitted garment should always be flat-dried, otherwise, the garment may lose its shape and hang out.
How do I wash outerwear?
Since there are different varieties of outerwear, there are therefore different guidelines for how to wash these. Padded winter jackets are often washed on low heat (delicate wash or 40° C) and tumble-dried at a low temperature, while woolen coats are hand-washed cold and dried flat. It all depends on the material the garment is made of - so don't forget to check what it says on the label!
How should I think about fabric softener?
The general perception of fabric softener is that it softens clothes and removes static electricity – and that sounds good, right? In our opinion, however, fabric softener is a big no-no, as it is unnecessary. Fabric softeners wear out our clothes, deteriorate their quality, and often contain perfumes and harmful substances that are bad for both people and the environment.
We always advise against fabric softeners on our washing advice!
How do I remove the sweat smell from jackets?
A common housewives' trick to remove sweat smell from jackets is to use one thing you often find in the pantry: vinegar. Mix it with water and pour it into an empty spray bottle. Then spray the areas you think smell bad and then wash as usual (according to the clothes' washing instructions, of course). Some suggest pre-washing the clothes in a bucket or similar filled with water and vinegar, but since we want to avoid using more water than necessary, we recommend the spray bottle.
How do I remove the smoke smell from jackets?
Removing smoke odors from jackets and other clothing is not as difficult as it may sound. Here, too, you can use vinegar and wash the garment by hand, alternatively spray the garment and then let it air dry. Remember not to spray too much or too close to the garment as vinegar tends to bleach textiles. A good way to prepare the garment is to hang it out for a while before you wash or spray it, this way you've hopefully gotten rid of the worst of the smell.