Linen is my not so secret favourite fabric for summer. I am dressed in linen 90% of the time because of how comfortable and airy the fabric is. Plus it really is quite easy to keep it in great condition and doesn’t need specialist care. I like things easy.
We already wrote in our in-depth feature on linen that the fabric is a bit of an eco superhero. If you are interested in that make sure to give it a read. But today we want to focus on how to care for your linen pieces.
Yes, you heard right. You don’t need to hand wash linen. You can wash it at a low temperature such as 30°, sometimes even 40°, in your washing machine. Linen actually becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash. If you think about it I don’t think a lot of other fibres get BETTER with each wash.
OUR WAPON OF CHOICE: VINEGAR
You have heard us praise vinegar before and yes you can also use white vinegar as a natural softener for linen. Either soak your linen in water and a cup of vinegar or add it during the wash. If you opt for the later just pour it into the fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine.
IRON OR STEAM
Some might like the natural creased look of linen but I know the majority of people prefer a neat look. Iron on medium heat and for dark linen items make sure to iron on the reversed side. Or if you want to be more gentle to your linen items you can always steam them.
I never recommend tumble drying anything and the same goes for linen. Some items’ care instructions even say you can tumble dry but really I would always recommend drying linen naturally. Especially since it’s a fabric mostly used in warmer seasons just dry it in your garden or close to open windows.
WHAT ABOUT SHRINKAGE?
Linen naturally stretches with each wear but also shrinks again once it’s washed. But it should not shrink by more than 4-5%. If you do tumble dry linen be prepared for the fabric to shrink a bit more.
STORING LINEN IN WINTER
As linen is often stored away for the colder seasons. It should be stored in a dry and cool place and avoid putting it in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. I put my linen garments in those big plastic storage boxes from Ikea and that seems to be a good option. Linen also naturally has insect-repellent properties so you don’t need to worry about moths or the likes.