When washing organic cotton fabrics, there are a few things you should keep in mind to maintain the quality of the fabric and minimise the environmental impact. Here are some tips:
Washing temperature: Organic cotton should be washed at low temperatures, ideally 30-40 degrees. This preserves the colour and shape of the fabric and requires fewer chemicals.
Detergent: Use mild, environmentally friendly detergents specially formulated for delicate fabrics or natural materials. Avoid detergents with bleach or optical brighteners as these can affect the colour of the fabric.
Spin: Spin the fabric at a low speed to minimise stress on the fabric and avoid creasing.
Drying: It is best to dry the organic cotton on the line or on a clothes horse. Avoid direct sunlight and pull the fabric smooth before hanging or placing in the dryer to avoid uneven stretching.
Iron: Iron the organic cotton fabric on a low heat and use a damp cloth to remove wrinkles and maintain a smooth surface.
It is important to note that organic cotton is a natural fabric and there can be different types of organic cotton that can be processed differently. It is recommended to perform a wash test before processing.