How To Care For Your Linen
There is often a misconception that linen is difficult to care for. It is in fact the opposite and if you follow these simple steps and care for your linen garments correctly they will have your back for years to come.
Tips and Tricks
- You can either hand or machine wash your linen separately in lukewarm or cold water and always in mild biodegradable detergent free from brighteners, softener and bleach.
- Adding Bicarbonate Soda and vinegar to machine washes will keep your garments free from bacteria and keep them glowing. This mix is also great for your machines, it will keep pipes clean and and acts as a deodoriser.
- Don't dry clean your linen, the chemicals used in the process can weaken the fibres over time shortening the life span of your garments.
- If machine washing opt for a gentle short cycle, its time efficient and good for the environment.
- Over drying can make your linen brittle and fade over time so dry in shade either hanging or lying flat and try to avoid tumble drying.
- Coloured garments should be dried inside out decreasing the chance of visual fading due to sunlight.
- Whites on the other hand can be hung in direct sunlight from time to time, its the perfect chemical free natural bleacher.
If you happen to get something on your linen act quickly and rinse the area with cold water only. Warm to hot water will open the fibres which sets the stain. If the stain is still present apply the following paste:
- 1 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate Soda
- Small amount of lemon juice
You can also make a soak from the below ingredients in a bucket of cold water which will help lift residues and brighten your linen:
- 1 Tablespoon of Bicarbonate Soda
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
Happy Washing Day. May the sun be shining and a breeze be blowing.