Today’s post was written by Danielle Romanetti, fibre space.
The weather is finally warming up, and it’s time to start cleaning and storing your winter knits for the season. As a knitter, my wardrobe is a nice mix of store bought sweaters and hand knits – both requiring extra care at the end of the season. The most important thing to take care of before tucking them away for spring is to make sure that they are clean! Dirt, makeup, perfume, and skin oils not only stain or damage fibers but also attract the arch-enemy of natural fiber lovers – moths!
Here’s a few important things to keep in mind when cleaning knitted fabrics and natural fibers. First, remember one simple rule – don’t do anything to an animal fiber garment that you wouldn’t do to your own hair. No dry cleaning, no harsh detergents, no hot dryer – that’s how you end up with either a scratchy sweater or a really bad perm. Instead, you want to select a product that will gently clean away dirt and excess oils without stripping the fibers completely. You could use shampoo if you wanted, but you can save yourself time (and water!) by going with a low suds, no-rinse wash.
Lucky for you, we’ve got a new wonderful wool wash at fibre space! We are now a stockist for The Laundress laundry products.
The Laundress founders Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd met while in the Fiber Science, Textile and Apparel Management and Design program at Cornell University, and subsequently embarked on careers in the fashion industry. As young fashionistas navigating the challenges of building their wardrobes, the pair realized that many of their “dry clean only” clothes lasted longer and felt softer when hand washed, with the added benefits of both avoiding harsh chemicals and saving on dry cleaning bills!
Since 2004 Gwen and Lindsey have been offering their own line of high quality, all-natural and non-toxic laundry products that are biodegradable and free from most common allergens. Their collection has expanded to include all the tools and products to keep your beloved garments and home clean and fresh. Their website advises that 90% of “dry clean only” items are actually washable, and their products are specifically formulated for various types of fabrics.
We’re welcoming their Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and Wool & Cashmere Spray to our collection of wool care products. Cedar and other essential oils provide a delicate fragrance to the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, making this cleanser a natural moth-repellent.
Formulated for natural animal fibers like wool, cashmere, alpaca, and more, the pH-neutral shampoo gently lifts dirt while preserving natural oils and keeping your garments soft, unlike dry-cleaning solvents or enzymatic laundry detergents that can damage the delicate protein-based fibers and leave your favorite sweaters feeling brittle and scratchy.
Just two capfuls in a sinkful of water are all you need to handwash most garments, and you can also use the shampoo with your washing machine’s delicate cycle. (See complete washing instructions at The Laundress.)
Use the Wool & Cashmere Spray to freshen your garments between washes. Like the shampoo, the spray uses cedar essential oil to keep moths away from your clothes, and freshens blankets, sweaters, hats, and any other woolens in your closet.
Stop by Fibre Space for The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo in 16 oz. size for $19 or 2 oz. size for $8, and Wool & Cashmere Spray in 4 oz. size for $10.