Care Instructions

A QUICK SUMMARY ON WASHING AND CARING FOR YOUR BATH TOWELS AND BED SHEETS
Upon receiving your Bath Towels or Bed Sheets it is best to wash them before their first use with minimum detergent in a 30 min gentle cold wash. Unfold the material properly before putting through the wash. Gentle cold wash with ‘earth friendly’ products and like colours. Use liquid detergent or make sure powdered detergent is fully dissolved before the water touches the fabric.

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An example of a product I consider to be top rate. Leaving your linen clean and fresh is Kin Kin naturals – Laundry Liquid Eucalypt & Lemon Myrtle essential oils

All natural, family-made in Queensland, and it works! Perfectly safe for people & planet, including grey water and septic systems, for both FRONT and TOP loaders.

Economical: ultra concentrated, no need to use more than 35ml for a full load.

Made with love in the green and serene Kin Kin, in the Noosa Hinterland.

Ingredients: coconut-based anionic and nonionic surfactants (NO alcohol ethoxylate, LAS or SLS), rain water, potassium coconut soap, potassium citrate, enzymes, organic eucalypt essential oil, organic lemon myrtle essential oil, tangerine essential oil.

An example of a product I would NOT recommend and I consider to be green washing is this one. Earth Choice. I found the perfume smell so toxic and then I read the ingredients. Do you see the difference? I wouldn’t call it Earth’s choice. I don’t feel the earth would choose this brand.  Go to this page or more about Greenwashing. https://www.wildfirespinsthegold.com.au/the-truth-about-greenwashing/  

The advertisement says: “Earth Choice laundry liquid provides big results at a small price.  This product contains no enzymes, phosphates or bleaches and is low in sodium, meaning the wash and rinse water is safe for grey water use.”

Ingredients

Water – Purified Solvent, Coco-Glucoside * Cleaning agent, Sodium Coco-Sulfate* Cleaning agent, Sodium Carbonate Builder, Sodium Citrate* Builder, Sodium Oleate* Foam Control, Ethanol* Viscosity control, Sodium Bicarbonate Builder, Citric Acid* pH adjuster
Fragrance Perfume, Benzisothiazolinone Preservative, CI 61585 Dye *plant derived ingredients

 

Okay so the price is a lot less. But it is obvious why it is. The question is: Now that you know which one is better…Do you want to expose yourself to this cleaning agent that you’ll breath in at night while you are trying to sleep or after having a bath or shower? The residue will rub off the material onto your skin. So maybe it isn’t as toxic as Tide, but I am not so sure. Check out this site and do your own research. https://www.organicauthority.com/live-grow/10-worst-products-for-doing-laundry, 

Use natural oxygen whitener when needed, never use detergents containing chlorine bleach or optical brighteners, these not only can damage and contaminate the quality of your bath towels, they are toxic to our waterways. This natural whitener will not affect the colour of the embroidery. 

Simply Clean laundry stain remover

This is a product I can recommend. See what you find if not this one. I have used it to brighten the bedsheets and towels and it has been superb. 🙂  Just be sure to mix in well with the water in a tub and then put in the towels or bedsheets,  let it soak for a few hours or more before putting through an hour laundry cycle.

Here is the website to this product if you live in Australia. https://www.simplyclean.com.au/fragrance-free-laundry-stain-remover-soaker-1kg/

DESCRIPTION

Our Laundry Stain Remover and Sanitiser removes coloured and organic stains (eg beetroot, tomato ketchup, pasta sauce, grass and soil, baby food) from whites and coloureds*. It eliminates odours and sanitises your wash too.

Our powder has no fragrance and no unnecessary fillers and is so pure that a little goes a long way. It rinses clean away, so doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. That’s good for you and your family, the environment and your pocket. We use only the best and essential ingredients to produce the clean clothes you expect.  

  • Toxin free: Protecting your family’s health  *Sensitiser free: Kind to sensitive & easily irritated skin
  • Fragrance and enzyme free. *Developed for pre-soak and in-wash, for front and top loaders
  • Performs in cold and hot water; supercharged at 50°C.   *Grey water and septic safe
  • Family safe and earth safe.  *No animal testing or animal products  *Palm oil and phosphate free.

Mould can thrive in wet towels left to dry crumpled on the floor or in a hamper or laundry basket. Be sure your towel is dry before tossing in a hamper. If you leave your towel to dry in the bathroom, hang it over a bar so air flows around it easily, speeding the drying process. After washing, line dry if possible, cutting the cost of electricity and allowing the sun to cleanse, freshen and brighten and the wind to iron out the wrinkles.

See below for further tips.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY TOWELS?
To some extent this is a personal preference. Some people wash after every use, yet this is not usually necessary. Two considerations of when to wash your towels: One is to keep your towels fresh and inviting, the other is to cleanse the presence of any bacteria or mould from spreading from your towel to you. Depending on your environment, whether you have children or if someone is sick or if your environment is humid and the towels aren’t drying very quickly, these are some reasons when to wash more frequently than once or twice a week. The face washer and hand towels are generally the more frequently washed towels.

It is important to note that damp towels that are folded and left in a damp bathroom can’t always dry properly and they can become host to dead skin cells and dirt which then can become a precursor to bacteria and mould. Letting a damp washcloth sit around for days is an invitation for bacteria and mould. One steadfast rule in caring for your towels is to hang your towel unfolded in an area that is well ventilated and/or hang outside in the fresh air.

When considering energy conservation note that the frequency of washing towels after each use uses more energy, water and cleaning agents.

HOW TO SORT YOUR LAUNDRY
Sort your items by colour (e.g. whites and darks) and types (Bath towels and kitchen towels/napkins are two different washes). Also be aware of items that have hooks, zippers or other angular objects that could rip or tear at your towels.

DO NOT DRY CLEAN
Please do not dry clean. Most dry cleaners use chemical cleaning agents. This is not good for you, the fabric, or the earth.

DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH OR THE LIKE
Some people may be accustomed to using chlorine bleach, yet this is not the way to go. Bleach not only breaks down the fibres of the material, which will weaken them over time, it is toxic to our waterways. Also be aware that if you use skin or hair products that contain toxic chemicals, this can transfer to the fabric and not only be bad for the material, it can be bad for you. 

WHAT DETERGENT TO USE
We started covering this topic above… Many mainstream detergents we commonly see on TV commercials aren’t necessarily healthy. When it comes to getting the best laundry detergent, it can be a good best to find an ‘earth friendly’ detergent by going to your nearest health food shop. There are also washing balls available, The other addition you can add to cleaning your wash is Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate). It is a deodoriser and effective cleaning agent. You can also add drops of your favourite essential oil to a clean cloth and add it to the wash. Try lavender, rosemary and tea tree oils as they are mildly antiseptic and can inhibit the growth of mould in fresh, still wet laundry. Use natural oxygen whitener when needed or try hydrogen peroxide as a natural whitener and white vinegar as a natural fabric softener when added into the final rinse cycle.

DISSOLVE POWDERED DETERGENT BEFORE FABRICS ENTER
If you don’t dissolve powdered detergent before shaking it on top of your towels in the washing machine, you may find that you get white spots. Although this isn’t such a problem with the front-loading washing machines, it is with the top loaders.

USE A FRONT LOADING WASHING MACHINE
Front loading washing machines are much easier on your fabrics because they don’t have the agitator in the middle that can tug at materials. If you’re considering a new washing machine, make it a front loader.

DO NOT OVER STUFF YOUR WASHING MACHINE
Do not over-fill the washing drum. Towels need room to be washed well. This also means less stress on your washing machine.

WASHING IN COLD WATER IS BEST
It is best to wash your towels in cold, not only can you save on your hot water electricity bill, but high temperatures are harsh on fabrics and will shorten the lifespan of your fabric, as would leaving the towels in blazing Australian sun for hours. (Those in Australia know the difference in our sun potency vs. The USA as a comparison.) Spot clean prior to washing if you are accustomed to using hot water to be more effective in cleaning or pre-soak the items vs. increasing the temperature of water.

SHRINKAGE
All natural fibres shrink after being washed in water. The percentage of shrinkage can vary by up to 10% depending on the water temperature used. This is why cold water is the best. Excelsis towels are generous in their sizing, and the cotton has been pre-shrunk so this should not be a problem.

USE THE GENTLE CYCLE
Gentle is the best. There is no need to excessively agitate the wash.

LINE DRYING
Line drying is an EXCELLENT option. When the wash cycle is completed, remove the laundry immediately and shake it to minimise wrinkles. Drying towels in the dryer can shorten the lifetime of your fabric. Some of the lint that you find in your dryer is your towel fabric breaking down. If you hang the towels outside you allow the sun to brighten and naturally disinfect and the wind often blows most wrinkles out, and if you’re in snow territory, line drying around snow is said to be wonderful for freshness!

IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN OUTSIDE CLOTHESLINE
If you don’t have a place outside to hang your towels or it’s raining, hang them over your shower curtain or install bars in your laundry room specifically used for drying laundry.

THE DRYER
When using the dryer. Use the air tumble setting to fluff dry. You do not want to use excessive heat and always take them out before they are hot and crispy. This technique is hard on the fibres and will cause the fabric to break down faster.

IRONING & FABRIC SOFTENER
Ironing isn’t really heard of for towels and as for Bed Sheets who takes the time? And why bother? If you shake out and hang your towels and sheets out on a line the wind and gravity should take most of the wrinkles out. A natural fabric softener is white vinegar added into the final rinse cycle of the wash. Please do not use the commercial chemical fabric softeners.

If you are used to “wrinkle free” sheets, please note that these are chemically treated bedsheets! Go to this link to find out more about these toxic treatments. https://www.wildfirespinsthegold.com.au/considerations-for-your-wellbeing-when-purchasing-bed-sheets/  
Here is a short snippet of the info you’ll find there:

  • Be cautious of labels such as ‘no-iron’, wrinkle-free’ or ‘water-proof’, indicating potential formaldehyde use.
  • Realise that formaldehyde resin finishes become a permanent part of the fibre and release fumes over the fabric’s lifespan, wash after wash.

STORING YOUR TOWELS
Be sure your towels are thoroughly clean and dry before storing in a linen cupboard or drawer. If the fabric still contains things such as spilled food, dirt, or even sweat in storage, this can attract pests and it also gives mould a place to grow. Keep away from moist conditions for extended periods. Cover wooden shelves with paper and place small lavender bags in your linen cupboard or drawers. Or you can also use a cotton ball and put drops of essential oil onto it and place this in your storage area. Suggested essential oils are: Cedar wood, clove, lavender, rosemary and sage alone or in a combination.