Unfortunately, your clothes and bath linens don’t love each other as much as you love them. Watch clothes with zips, hooks or trims as these can of course snag your towels and bath mat.We offer a move away from short-lived items, so all our products are designed to age beautifully. That being said, it is important to care for your organic cotton sheets properly. We also understand your pain when it comes to washing bed linen, it’s no-one’s favourite day. The end result is worth it though, so to make things as easy as possible for you, we’ve put together our top tips and answers to the most frequently asked questions.
the million-dollar question
How often should bedding be washed? Well, ultimately, it’s completely up to you. As there are so many different circumstances that determine this one, we can’t decide for you.
did you know there is no need to use fabric softener on organic cotton?
Since it’s a natural fibre (well, ours is 100% organic), it’s extremely soft and will become more so over time. Companies using conventional cotton often use chemicals to soften their sheets. These only get washed away, hence the need for additional products to keep them soft. The chemicals in softener can also be left behind on your sheets as residue.
Natural cotton will shrink ever so slightly the first few times it is washed. We don’t use harmful sizing chemicals like formaldehyde to pre-shrink our products, so our bed linen is designed to allow for this. You'll find that your bedding will fit perfectly after the first couple of washes.
We appreciate some people like to wash their bedding at higher temperatures, although consistently washing at 60ºc+ can damage the natural fibres over time, so we recommend washing at 40 ºc. Even better still, perhaps consider washing at 30 ºc if it’s not too dirty for the environmental benefits.
Watch out for clothes with zips as they don't love your bedding as much as you do!
top tips for drying
This one is simple, but you’ll notice a big difference. To try and avoid creases from setting into your sheets, remove them from the washing machine as quickly as possible and give them a good shake before drying them. This will stop wrinkles from setting in.
In an effort to be eco-friendly we advise trying to avoid the tumble dryer whenever possible. However, we also live in the real world and understand how useful they sometimes are, so if you do need to use one, try to do so on a low heat setting.
A little tip if you’re using your tumble dryer is to remove your bedding while it's still warm and just before it's completely dry. Do this last bit of drying naturally (hang them over a bannister, put them on the line or lay them flat on your bed) and it’s like doing a touch of ironing without the hassle! Don’t be shy of using your washing line even if it’s not summer. All you need is a slight breeze on a dry day.
Do you love it or loathe it? If it’s the latter, we get you. It can be time consuming. What’s more, we find there’s something wonderfully welcoming, soothing and refreshing about sinking into the natural wrinkles of bedding. However, if you do find beauty and comfort in immaculate sheets, it’s perfectly safe to iron organic cotton. Just iron your bedding while it’s still a little damp (but not wet) using the cotton heat setting. This will make achieving perfectly crisp bed linen so much easier.
detergents we recommend using
If you’ve been conscious and chosen organic cotton bedding, why stop there? Maybe it’s also worth thinking about the ingredients in your detergents. If this is something you’re considering, we’d recommend using non-bio detergents from companies like Bio-D or Method.
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