How to care for organic cotton with love

How to care for organic cotton with love

Unlike traditional bedding, the high-quality thread-count of organic cotton means that its smoothness lasts much longer, and it still looks wonderful even with frequent washing.

Organic cotton is not exposed to harsh chemicals, whereas commercially grown cotton is. Therefore, organic cotton will last many years - with proper care, of course.

I would like to share things to consider when washing and drying your beautiful organic bed linen!

Washing

  • You can rest assured knowing that most organic bedding is machine washable, so you don’t have to put a huge amount of extra effort when cleaning it.
  • We recommend using a natural, plant-based laundry detergent and washing at 30 ºC in cold water to keep the environment happy. But if you need to wash your sheets at 40 ºC, then that is fine too!
  • Using bleach or whiteners is not recommended because it can damage fibres over time and diminish the depth and vibrancy of the colours. When needed, use only non-chlorine bleach.
  • We also recommend not using fabric softeners because they can reduce the absorbency of cotton textiles.

Drying

The ideal method to dry organic cotton bedding is to let it air dry (hang dry/line dry).

Avoid direct sunlight (it can cause fading or yellowing over time).

However, sometimes a lack of space and temperamental weather may mean this is not feasible. You can use your tumble dryer. We suggest setting the cycle on low heat to avoid damage and shrinkage.

Remember that conventional cotton is generally treated with chemicals to reduce the shrinkage effects of heat. Organic cotton is not chemically treated, so in high heat it is possible for the cotton to shrink more than 4%. However, due to the lack of harsh chemical treatment, organic cotton is less damaged, and therefore lasts longer than non-organic cotton.

We also recommend avoiding fabric softeners because they can reduce the absorbency of cotton textiles.

Ironing - Do you really need to?

If you choose not to iron your organic bedding, you will save time, money and help the environment!

But for those of you who love freshly pressed sheets, it’s best to iron with heat or steam.

Don’t use starch as it may dry out the fabric and causes the threads to break or fray. We recommend ironing along the seams and edges to maintain straight and elegant creases/lines.


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