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Fabric Care: Linen Edition

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From scarves to shirts to sheets—linen fabrics are a summertime staple. Linen is a light, durable, woven fabric sure to keep you cool (and stylish) this summer. And the best part is: it’s surprisingly easy to clean! In fact, according to LinenMe, it even becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash. Here are some #DroppsProTips to keep your linens fresh!

 

ALWAYS READ CARE LABELS

Linens are generally safe to machine wash, but before treating any garment, refer to the instructions on the care label. And always test your detergent on a hidden area first.

 

MACHINE-WASH

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  • If your label gives you the go-ahead, machine-wash your garments in warm or cool water on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent. (Pro Tip: Never use chlorine bleach when washing linens—it can cause yellowing!)

  • If possible, set your washer to skip the agitation cycle as it can twist your clothing around and cause the fabric to stretch out of shape.

 

HAND-WASH 

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  • If you are hand-washing your linens, fill your basin or sink with warm or cool water and add your detergent.

  • Gently swish the garment around in the solution and be careful not to wring or scrub the fabric, as it can cause the fibers to break.

  • Make sure you rinse the clothing thoroughly before taking out to dry.

 

DRYING

  • Most linen garments are safe in the dryer; however if it has a loose weave or the care label states otherwise, it’s safer to air-dry on a flat surface.

  • Line drying is great, especially for white linens, which will get the added benefit of natural bleach from the sunlight. However, clothespins can leave indents in the delicate fabric, so it’s best to avoid outdoor drying on a windy day.

  • If you are using a dryer, be sure to use a low temperature—high temperatures can cause it to shrink—and remove the garment while it is still damp.

 

IRONING

  • Part of the appeal of linen clothing is that casual-beach-day vibe that comes along with it, so don’t stress over the small wrinkles.

  • However, depending on the type of linen (suit, tablecloth, etc.) you may want to iron it after each wash. In this case, turn the garment inside out and iron on a medium/high setting while damp.

 

STORAGE

 

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  • When storing your linens, try to avoid folding or crowding with too many other items. Linen is prone to creasing, so it’s better to either roll the fabric or hang it up.
  • If you prefer to keep your garments covered, we recommend you use a linen, muslin, or cotton bag to allow the fabric to breathe.
  • And always store your linen garments in a cool, dry space. 

 

Happy Washing!

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