Washing well: summer laundry care
With sunnier weather we’re out and about more, enjoying nature and trips to the beach. During these months we tend to wear more colourful clothing and lighter options that keep us cool, and we get a lot more use of our swimwear and beach towels.
As a result, we need good laundry care to make these items last. We’ve compiled some tips to take care of your colourful and light clothes, and other summer essentials. Do give us your advice too by leaving a comment!
Some of the fabrics we might wear more to keep cool in summer include silk, cotton and linen. These are the kinds of materials with a higher chance of damage in the wash, so checking the manufacturer’s label on the clothing is the best first step.
For silks, we recommend a gentler detergent, such as our Wool and Delicates Wash, which can be used whether hand or machine washing, and a gentler wash cycle if you’re putting silks through your machine.
Linens are another natural fibre best washed in cold water. And like other delicate items, try to wash like with like and leave your heavier items for a separate wash. And we know linen is prone to wrinkling, so gentle drying is another key consideration. Some suggest lying linens flat or hanging them up to dry, while ironing on a cool setting is another option.
Compared with silks and linens, cotton clothing is easier to take care of and you can generally use a normal wash cycle. But it’s also good to avoid washing cotton clothing with heavier fabrics.
We often hear that sorting bright clothes from lighter ones is a good way to stop unwanted dyeing of the lighter items. But there are other ways to keep the colour of brighter clothes for longer - dry them away from stronger sunlight, turn them insight out before they’re washed, and use the cold water setting on your machine.
Because swimwear is made from stretchy materials like lycra, handwashing them is commonly recommended. And because it’s exposed to chlorine at the pool, or salt, body oils and sunscreen if you’re at the beach, rinsing or submerging in cold water is good advice. Try to do this as soon after use as possible so these things don’t dry into the fabric.
Beach towels are usually longer and thinner than bath towels, so they require different care. And because they usually get covered in sand before washing, it’s important the sand is removed as much as possible - trapped sand can leave beach towels with that familiar dry, scratchy feeling after a few uses. Try to completely dry your towel before washing so you can shake off all the sand, or even swirl it in some water to rinse off sand, then fully dry. It also pays to separate them from other laundry items and to wash them on a delicate cycle with other beach towels.