Always check the care label for care instructions to care for your garments in a correct way and avoid unnecessary shrinking or damage. Aim to wash your clothing at low temperatures (max. 30°C) or cold. Make sure to always fill your washing machine to avoid wasting water and energy but don’t overfill as heavy loads can cause friction and result in poorly washed or worn-out garments. To keep the prints and colors as sharp and nice as possible, wash your garments inside out and with similar colors. When washing synthetic fabric garments, please do so in a microfiber washing bag to catch microfibers from being washed out the drain. Always keep in mind that it’s best to wash your clothes as little as possible. Washing your clothes too often can have a negative impact on their quality while putting pressure on both the environment and your wallet
Dry Garments Naturally
One of the most significant choices for both your garments and the environment is to skip the dryer and instead choose to air-dry your garments naturally. Always remove your damp clothes from the washing machine as soon as possible to avoid wrinkles, mold and mildew. Shake them out carefully, gently pull them into shape (especially jersey fabrics) and hang them on a drying rack or on a hanger.
Choose Eco-Friendly Products
To protect both your garments and the environment, choose eco-friendly laundry products and avoid bleach and softeners. Eco-friendly detergents are just as effective as their conventional counterparts but come with the benefit of being free from harmful chemicals and toxins. Bleach can be damaging to fabrics, while softeners cover your garments in a thin film that can impede positive attributes such as breathability and moisture absorbency.
How to care for activewear:
Always wash your activewear at a low temperature (max. 30°C), or cold as hot water and too much friction during washing can damage the fibers of your activewear and shorten its lifespan. Although you might be tempted to use more laundry detergent to clean your activewear, make sure to stick to the specified amount of laundry detergent. Too much detergent will build up in the clothing fibers, which creates a perfect environment for the bacteria and fungi that cause odors.Also, avoid fabric softeners as they coat fibers with a thin film, therefore locking in bacteria, and odor. Fabric softeners can also break down stretchy elastic fibers, which are common in activewear pieces.
Try to always let your activewear air-dry, as hot tumble-drying can negatively affect shape and quality. The heat and friction of tumble drying can also wear away elastic properties and weaken the material, which can ultimately lead to holes and rips. When air-drying, also keep your activewear away from heaters or direct sunlight to avoid damaging the fibers.
How to care for cotton:
Washing Organic Cotton
You may machine-wash your organic cotton garments at a normal wash cycle setting and at a low temperature (max. 30°C), or cold. Always make sure to use a gentle eco-friendly laundry detergent and avoid conventional softeners as well as bleach, as they can damage the fabric. To further protect your organic cotton garments, always wash them with similar colors and inside out.
Drying Organic Cotton
Avoid tumble-drying, as this can speed up the aging of your organic cotton garments, may cause shrinkage, and also uses a considerable amount of energy. Instead, hang-dry your organic cotton garments immediately after removing them from the washing machine, and gently shake and re-shape them while doing so.
Ironing Organic Cotton
Gently shaking out your organic cotton clothes while they are still damp is often enough to remove wrinkles naturally. You may also iron them at low to medium heat. Since organic cotton is not treated with harsh chemicals, it is often less resistant to heat than conventional cotton. Therefore, it’s a good idea to always start with the lowest heat setting and gradually adjust it as needed.