Sustainable Fabric Care 101
Washing your wool garments
It is vital to follow the instructions on the item’s care label. If something is marked as hand wash only, add a small amount of mild detergent (we love Kinn Living’s plant based, vegan Laundry Detergent) to a sink filled with lukewarm water. Place your garment in the sink, inside out and press gently until the garment is immersed in the water. Put your hands under the garment when lifting it out of the water to support the weight of the item and prevent stretching. Empty the sink and refill with clean, lukewarm water and rinse. For items where the care label states machine-washable, use the ‘wool’ or ‘delicate’ cycle with a gentle detergent.
Dry your items with care
Squeeze out any excess water after being washed, however do not twist or wring. To remove excess water, roll your garment in a towel. If your garment is a sweater or something similar, lay it flat to dry. Firmly woven fabrics can be hung on a shaped or padded hanger to drip dry.
Removing stains from wool
Spot clean as soon as possible using a small amount of wool detergent, cold water or seltzer, working inwards so you don’t spread the stain. Then dab dry with a clean cloth. For more stubborn stains try a slight touch of eucalyptus oil.
Use a garment brush
Even though it sounds simple, a garment brush will work well to remove any dirt and dust. Make sure you brush length-ways and gently so that you don’t wear down or damage the fibres.
Store your woollen items in a sealed bag
This will prevent any moths or silverfish feeding on stains and sweat, ruining your beloved wool pieces. Adding lavender or herbal bag will also keep these beasties away. Discover how to craft your very own moth repelling wardrobe freshener here.
Dry clean your garments
If the care label on your item states it can be dry cleaned, then doing this once a season is generally sufficient to keep wool garments in good shape. There are more and more eco-friendly dry cleaners opening around the UK, so do you research to find ones with less environmental impact.
The Ecover stain stick is one of our favourite quick fixes in-between washes or trips to the dry cleaners. Isolating stains and making sure your clothes air out after each individual wear is a great way to prolong the life of your garments.
What are your top tips to take care of your favourite garments? Let us know in the comments…