Using extra care when you wash cotton will preserve the lifespan of your clothing. Clothes will retain their natural softness and vibrant color, without looking faded and worn.
Cottons, can be prone to shrinkage and fading and there is no totally foolproof way to keep this from happening, unfortunately that’s just the nature of the fabric. There are some ways though, that can help your cottons have a longer life span!
Washing in cold water is always best to avoid shrinking, this is particularly important for coloured cottons as they are even MORE likely to shrink. When it comes to our Kobomo 'twist + pack' range, you certainly want to keep those crisp crinkles in! There's a lot of talk about the best methods for keeping your crinkle cottons.... Well, crinkled! A lot of instruction will say to twist them when wet to get that crisp look back instead of that wrinkled look, but the particular way we set our crinkles in (differently to many others) twisting when wet will cause the dye to streak. We say it’s best to twist + knot ONCE DRY!
When it comes to stains, I’ve found a Sunlight Soap bar and spot washing works perfectly well. For general washing 1/4 your regular laundry detergent + 1 scoop of bicarb soda works really well! Also, instead of using commercial fabric softener, you can use half a cup of white vinegar to fully rinse, soften and brighten your cottons! Better for the threads, better for the environment!
And on that note, for those who ARE eco conscious, you should know Sunlight Soap no longer contains palm oil like I know it used to… so YAY for the orangutans!
If you do want to use something different to brighten your Summer whites that is not mentioned above, just try to steer away from chlorine bleach because it can yellow cotton items. Opt for oxygenated bleach instead!
Air-drying will keep your cottons from shrinking; keeping them in a warm but shaded place is best to hold the dyes.
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BEST method for washing your Summer twist + pack cottons! (According to us.)
- Wash on gentle cycle with 1/4 your regular laundry detergent + 1 scoop of bicarb soda. Instead of using commercial fabric softener, use half a cup of white vinegar to fully rinse, soften and brighten your cottons!
- Wring out and drape / hang on a drying rack that is out of the way of sunlight! Keep your colours vibrant!
- Once the garment is completely dry simply twist tight until it kind of knots itself up, throw a rubber band around it and toss it in your draw.