Here at WellLivingShop, our bamboo, tencel, and organic cotton linens must be properly cared for to ensure their soft and luxurious qualities. Natural bed linens require these considerations:
- Pre-wash your natural linens before first use.
- Separate linens from other items in the wash - especially polyester which tends to create pilling, and items with heavy zippers, which can damage the fabric
- Do not overload the washing machine, as it can break down fibers from excessive abrasion and agitation
- Wash in cold water (or warm water if more unclean) with non-chlorine bleach detergent on a gentle cycle with a cold water rinse.
- Use a mild, non-alkaline liquid detergent without added bleach or whiteners
- Do not pour detergent directly on linens. Instead, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute with water, then add linens
- Unless linens are very dirty, only use half the recommended amount of detergent
- Do not use chlorine bleach - it can weaken fibers and cause them to yellow prematurely
- Use oxygen-based bleach for white fabrics (if necessary).
- Line drying is recommended.
- Shake out damp linens before placing them in the dryer - tumble dry on low heat until slightly damp.
- Never use a high heat setting or over dry; this will weaken the fibers, leading to shrinkage and shorten the life of linens
- Remove from dryer when still slightly damp to prevent wrinkles
- Smooth and fold or press with an iron if desired
- Some hair and skin products may cause discoloration and pilling of linens (acne lotions or toothpastes that contain oxidizing agents)
- Distilled white vinegar is a good whitening option for its acetic acid, which is so mild that it will not harm your linens
- Store linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area
- Linens stored long-term should be wrapped in white cotton or acid free paper
- Avoid storing linens in plastic bags or boxes, which can cause permanent yellowing