Aftercare is such an important part of sustainability and a garment's product life cycle, and washing and caring for your new investment not only helps keep your clothes looking their best, but extends their life so you get to enjoy your garments for years to come.
At the moment we stock organic cotton, so we've put together some tips below on how to look after this wonderful fabric. As some things can depend on the thickness of the weave and types of prints/dyes used we do suggest referring to the care label on your garment for specific care instructions.
How do I wash organic cotton?
Gentle, cool wash with a mild, non-toxic, environmentally friendly detergent. Do not mix dark colours and light colours, especially for the first few washes. You may also want to wash the garment first before using.
How do I dry organic cotton?
Mother Nature is best! We recommend hanging your organic cotton garment to dry. If using a dryer, it's best to use an air cycle and avoid heat. Be vary careful of how you dry organic cotton garments. Conventional cotton is generally treated with chemicals to reduce the shrinkage effects of heat. As organic cotton is not treated, it's possible for the garment to shrink more than 10% if the garment if dried with heat.
Will the colours fade?
Eco-friendly dyes are just as long lasting as harmful dyes used in conventional cotton production, however, colours will fade if strong, powerful detergents or bleaching agents are used.
Can I use bleach?
Apart from fading the cotton from it's natural colour, bleach can also weaken the garment's fibre strength so we do not recommend using bleach products at all.
Can I iron organic cotton?
When it comes to ironing, a lot depends on the weave of the fabric. The "cotton" setting on an iron can be one of the hottest section and may be best for a thicker cotton which takes more heat to iron flat, however thinner cotton could be burned on an hot iron setting. If in doubt it's best to refer to the garment's care label and test on a small inconspicuous section using a low heat setting. Heat can also cause organic cotton to shrink.
How durable is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is known to be very durable, as it is not exposed to the harsh, weakening chemicals that conventional cotton is. With proper care, your organic cotton garment should last for many years.
I hope you found this info somewhat useful. Any questions? Let us know! You can email us at hello[at]stcharlie.com.au. Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!