One of the biggest trends of the season has been the use of natural fabrics like linen and hemp in clothing. Sales, and the use of natural fabrics by designers, have soared on Equilibrio over the last few months. In this post, we look at the recommended ways to wash and care for your precious linen and hemp clothing.
We must confess that we previously resisted buying clothing in linen and hemp because of the creasing and, at times, slightly rough texture. But we eventually came around and are now in love this these natural, breathable, and earth-friendly fabrics.
Linen and hemp fabrics are biodegradable and will return to the earth in less than six months. They are also water-wise, requiring very little for both growing the plant and making the fabric. They cause less soil pollution, requiring very few pesticides.
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HOW TO WASH YOUR LINEN & HEMP CLOTHING
Now that we have a wardrobe full of glorious linen and hemp garments we need to take good care of them. Not only can they be expensive but, if treated right they can last much longer than their synthetic counterparts.
The great news is that linen and hemp actually improve in texture and softness when washed so if you if washed correctly, your garment can become even comfier and last a lifetime.
Firstly, check the garment’s label. But in general these tips will keep your linen and hemp looking great:
A washing temperature of about 60 degrees Celsius or lower is recommended
Since they are such robust fabrics linen and hemp can withstand temperatures of up to 95 degrees. But for clothing, especially item have special trims, a temperature of about 60 degrees or lower is recommended.
You can machine wash your linen and hemp items
Washing your linen and hemp in a machine is perfectly fine. Take care not to overload the machine and, as always, wash similar colours together. If you decide to hand wash, do not twist or wring your garments.
Can linen and hemp shrink?
As with all natural fabrics, linen and hemp can shrink. Our designers do prewash the fabrics to avoid shrinkage but it can still occur especially on the first wash. To limit the risk of shrinkage don’t wash your garments too hot and do not tumble dry them. It is best to dry your garments flat to retain their shape.
Ironing your hemp and linen
We have all learned to love the natural crease of these fabrics but they do also look lovely when freshly pressed. Iron your hemp and linen garments when they are still slightly damp using a medium to hot iron.
Oops! A wine stain!
So you went out for a toot with your girlfriend in your fabulous linen outfit. And while telling a story, gesticulating glass in hand, you spill wine on your beautiful garment. Grab some salt and cover the stain with a layer of it immediately. Salt is known to draw out liquids. Then wash your garment as soon as you get home.
SHOP LOCAL LINEN & HEMP GARMENTS ON EQUILIBRIO
Now that you know exactly how to love and care for them, why not add to your fabulous, earth-friendly, long-lasting hemp and linen garment collection. These are all handmade in South Africa.
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