yogamii's wash and care guide
For us, responsible clothing production is about more than how it is made; it is also about creating clothes that hold emotional and material longevity, in order to promote continued, long-term use. Part of this longevity, however, also has to do with correct care, and thus, we hope you will find the following guide helpful in caring for your yogamii essentials.
Only wash when necessary
Frequent washing takes its toll on both garments and the environment. Therefore, a great place to start is to consider whether airing out the clothing will be sufficient. Many natural materials also have self-cleaning properties that are activated by a change in temperature and humidity, thus making airing out a great place to start.
Stains must be dealt with immediately in order to get the best result. We recommend applying a bit of uncolored dishwashing soap and water. If a thorough wash is needed after spot treatment, please follow the instructions on your garment’s care label. Never apply stain removers containing chlorine to garments containing elastane, as it breaks down the fibres.
Always follow the washing instruction on your garment’s care label. When in doubt, we advise you to choose a lower temperature, as higher temperatures may cause unnecessary wear to your clothes. Furthermore, higher temperatures are energy intensive - your washing machine uses up to 90 percent of its energy heating the water. We recommend washing our cotton products at 20°C - 40°C.
For wool, opt for your machine’s wool program or wash it gently by hand. Do not wring out excess water, but proceed to gently squeeze the garment, for example with a towel. And remember to let them dry flat.
To ensure more environmentally gentle washing, we recommend using certified detergents that carry for example the Nordic Swan or the EU Ecolabel. In this way, you protect water reserves against harmful substances, while also avoiding a long list of allergens. Furthermore, you can supplement with distinct allergy certifications.
Please remember to only use wool detergent for your woolies, as many detergents contain, for example, enzymes which break down the fibres.
We do not recommend using fabric softeners, as they have an unnecessary environmental impact and furthermore limit the moisture absorbing qualities of cotton.
Dryer or not?
To use the dryer is easy, but it comes with both an environmental impact and unnecessary wear and tear to your garments. Therefore, we recommend that you hang your clothes to dry, either outside in the fresh air or in a well-ventilated room. To avoid wrinkled clothes, you can give them a little shake before they are hung or dried flat
And honestly, what’s better than the freshness of air dried clothes?
Time to say goodbye?
If you are ready to let go of some of your clothes, you can first and foremost look for ways in which you yourself can facilitate passing them on - for example through gifting or selling them. Alternately, clothes can be handed in via collection units and charities - but remember to tie the bag you deliver the clothes in, as to keep them both clean and dry. Are the clothes all worn out, they can still be handed in for fibre-recycling in some EU countries, but this may demand a bit of research on your part.