Washing & Care
Please check the care instructions carefully on your new items or get in touch with us if you are not sure how to care for them.
Most items are machine washable on low cycles. Because of the nature of the delicate materials used in our product range the majority of items are to be washed on a delicate cycle, using ecological detergents. Some items are hand wash only.
As a rough guide, I never wash any wool-silks higher than 30 ° or higher than a 400 spin. Many new machines wool cycles are set to an 800 spin, which I find is too high for most wool items and will cause some amount of shrinking/felting. Most clothing we stock are not suitable for higher than 40° wash except for underwear, muslins, care cloths and towels, which are suitable for 60° and some up to 95° Baby care cycles (check labels).
We sell wool-silk laundry liquid which has natural protective ingredients to help keep garments in good condition while washing, and you only need to use very small amounts. We are hoping to stock more laundry products in the near future but eco laundry options are now widely available in most large stores and at your local health store.
Please see below some helpful washing and care advice from one of our Brands, Living Crafts.
No more than necessary
Only wash as often as necessary. Try to wash dirty clothes as soon as possible. Avoid keeping them dirty for longer periods of time to prevent the dirt from getting deeper into the fabric. Sort your laundry according to dirt content and always use the temperature and the amount of detergent indicated on the labels. For best laundry results, heavily soiled items should be pre-treated manually. Generally you do not have to pre-wash articles that are normally or only slightly dirty. This way, you will also save energy.
Saving water and energy
LIVING CRAFTS favours washing machines that need only a small amount of water and energy. Please mind the energy class of your washing machine (A is the most economical version) and, as much as you can, avoid pre-wash and hot wash. A lot of machines also have an energy-saving function.
Select your washing temperatures according to the care instructions and sort your items. Hot wash should be an exception. Most all-purpose detergents are effective even at 40°. It suffices to wash outerwear at 30°; underwear may also be washed at 60°.
Try to use your washing machine to full capacity. Overloaded machines use more energy, whereas machines with small loads require as much energy as an optimally loaded machine. You should find recommendations in the user manual of your machine.
Make sure your detergent is biodegradable. Use the detergent dosage indicated on the package. The water hardness also plays a role. Generally, special detergents and softeners should only be used sparingly. Did you know that liquid detergents are harder to deal with for clarification plants than powder detergents? We would also like to point out that some all-purpose detergents use harmful oxygen bleach. For the sake of our environment, we recommend using only bleach-free detergents.
Drying and ironing
LIVING CRAFTS recommends letting clothing items air-dray on the washing line or the clothes rack and using tumble dryers only rarely. In this case, less is more. If you iron less, you save energy and gain time. If you prefer straightened clothes, do your ironing as long as the fabric is still damp. Ironing on the wrong side will also help to preserve your fabric.
Are you wondering what the labels on your LIVING CRAFTS items mean? Find your answers here below.
Normal cycle: The figures in the wash-tub symbol correspond with the maximum temperatures that must not be exceeded.
Gentle cycle: One bar beneath the wash-tub is the gentle cycle symbol.
Special delicate cycle: A double-bar indicates very delicate articles, e.g. wool (delicate cycle).
Hand wash: Do not exceed a water temperature of 40°. Thoroughly dissolve your special detergent in the water before adding the item. Move the item gently. Do not rub or wring. Then rinse and squeeze the item gently.
Do not wash.
Do not bleach: Some normal all-purpose detergents contain oxygen bleach. For the sake of the environment, we recommend using only bleach-free detergents.
Drying in the tumble dryer
Normal drying possible.
Drying only at reduced heat.
Hot ironing: Treat items while damp or sprinkle them with water before ironing. Use ironing cloth to prevent shine or pressing marks. Steaming is allowed for these items.
Ironing only moderately hot: Use an ironing cloth for delicate items and try to avoid strong pressing or pulling.
Do not iron hot: In this case, be especially cautious when ironing with steam. We suggest using an ironing cloth to protect the fabric.
DO NOT iron.
Professional textile care
DO NOT dry-clean.