We believe that you should take your garment care seriously so always refer to the care label instructions. If you are buying less but buying better quality items it should be a priority. You will certainly help extend the lifetime of the piece you have invested in and with thoughtful washing techniques you can save money. Using a mesh garment bag is a great start to help to protect your item of clothing from the pounding it will take within the washing machine. Your laundry habits are adding to your carbon footprint and your pocket through water and electricity consumption. A large amount of environmental damage caused by an article of clothing over its lifespan actually occurs after the purchase has been made and through the washing processes thereafter. Time to wash more thoughtfully.
As little as possible
No hotter than 30 degrees
No tumble dryer
As little as possible
Think twice before you wash your clothes. If you don't really need to wash it, don't, air-dry, outside if possible. The less you wash your clothes the better, it can prolong the lifecycle of the fabric, shape and reduce colour fading. Using a washing machine consumes an incredible amount of water so try to use the eco setting, if you have one. Lastly, when you do need to put your garments into the wash look-out for eco-friendly detergents and softeners to avoid flushing harmful chemicals into our waterways. Detergents and softeners have the potential to be partially absorbed into your body through your skin - so eliminate those harmful chemicals.
We don't recommend washing your garments at any temperature hotter than 30 degrees. Any spot stains should be treated independently of the machine wash. The fabrics we use are natural fibres and organic and if washed at a cooler temperature should continue to thrive in your wardrobes for far longer which is why we recommend 30 degrees. We do not recommend hand soaking as often garments can be left to soak for too long causing a colour run.
Do not use the tumble dryer. Reduce your electricity costs and carbon footprint.
Many items will not need ironing if you wash on a cooler setting such as 30 degrees and hang them out to dry as soon as possible after the wash has finished. Give the item a gentle shake and hang or reshape whilst lying it flat. The care label will reveal if the lying flat drying technique should be used. Many of our pieces are linen and these may require ironing if you prefer to be crease-free. For ironing linen correctly you should always try to place a thin cloth (of the same or similar colour) over the top of the item to protect it from burning and causing a slight shine to the fabric. Ideally, you should iron after the wash and before it dries completely when it is slightly damp. Otherwise, if the clothing is already dry then select the linen setting on your iron and use the steam function to make the clothing damp before pressing. Do not hold the iron in one place but slowly move the iron across the fabric.
If you need any advice on the garment care of a Michelle Schulz piece you can always contact us directly.