We love linen because it is one of the oldest, purest textiles humans have used to create clothing. It’s been a vibrant part of cultures throughout the world for centuries! It’s made using fibers from the flax plant, which requires very little water and very little pesticide use to grow. It’s stronger and more absorbent than cotton, and possesses the same cooling & insulating capacities as its white, fluffy cousin. Undyed linen is completely biodegradable (see our “flax dot” fabric). We’re big fans of this stuff. So how do you care for linen garments? Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way:
It’s okay to machine wash your linen.
Select a delicate cycle & adjust the water temperature to warm (not cold or hot). Linen will shrink if you wash it in a conventionally hot cycle.
It’s also okay to machine dry your linen.
Line-drying is a wonderful, energy-efficient method to dry your linen garments. If you’re in a pinch for time, a machine dryer is safe to use as well. Dry your linen on low-to-medium heat, and remove it from the dryer before it’s completely dry. Let it hang or lie flat to finish drying.
Iron with steam.
Wrinkles are typical characteristic of linen, so you get a bit of social grace if your garment racks up a few wrinkles throughout the day. If you’d like to iron it, set your iron to the “linen” setting (typically hotter than the “cotton” setting), and use steam as you iron (or use a water spray bottle). The more you wear your garment, the more relaxed the fibers will become, and the wrinkles will be less severe over time. Like all good things, linen gets better with age!