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Recipe for Washing Wool & Cashmere

Posted on Jul 9, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Wool & Cashmere

Protect Your Investments! Don’t let the dry cleaners ruin your fine cashmere and woolens – when you invest in quality winter wear, why pay the dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment?

Tools:
Wool & Cashmere Shampoo,* Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Fabric Fresh Spray, Scented Vinegar, Sweater Stone, Mesh Bags, Stain Brush

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Pre-treat:
- De-pill first if the item has heaving pilling. Brush the pilled areas with The Laundress Sweater Stone and shake out.

- Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal

- To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

- To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Turn your clothing inside out. This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

- Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
- Turn item inside out to wash the fabric where stains and odors buildup on the inside closest to your body and under arms.

- Prepare a “bath” –basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

- Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

- Soak for at least ½ hour.* It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.

- Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

- Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
- Change machine setting to woolens/delicate cycle. Make sure water temperature is cold. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to the machine.

- Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash. Start cycle.

- Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
- To dry – place item on top of a towel* making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel (like a rolling pin) to remove excess water.

- To finish drying – lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel. Hang, if item will not stretch or deform.

- When dry – finish removing any extra pills as noted above.

- We like to steam our wool/cashmere for the perfect finish. (this is not necessary, however).

*To speed up the drying process, use more than one towel and repeat several times.

Tips and Tricks:
- When storing for the season,* spray with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray and place in a breathable cotton bag with a zip closure such as The Laundress All Purpose Storage Bag.

- Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

- Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust. Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

*It is always a good idea to store with a natural bug repellent such as The Laundress Lavender Pouch Scented Squares.

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Did You Know? Why We Call It The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo

Posted on Mar 18, 2013

Did You Know? Why We Call It The Wool & Cashmere Shampoo
 
As we all know, wool is an animal fiber, and – while often derived from sheep’s fleece – different kinds of wool can come from a variety of animals; rabbit hair is responsible for the softness of Angora, and goat hair gives us such fine textiles as Cashmere & Mohair.
 
Because wool is actually comprised of hair (unlike other natural fibers such as cotton or silk), we recommend laundering your woolens with our aptly named Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.
 
Want to learn more about animal fibers and how to care for them?
Knoji | Where Does Wool Come From and is Wool Cruel?
Fabric Online | Wool
The Laundress Blog | Fabric Glossary
The Laundress Blog | Recipe for Washing Wool & Cashmere
and of course:
Wikipedia | Wool

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The Laundress Recipe Essentials

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Essentials

A good grasp of the essentials makes your regular laundry tasks simpler and more enjoyable! Using the proper detergent at the correct water temperature and with just the right amount of agitation – and knowing when and how to pre-treat for stains – are the marks of a truly savvy laundress.

For specific instructions, always refer to the garment’s sewn-in care label for fabric content. Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

When to use what product:
- For washing cottons, linens, everyday textiles, use the respective Whites Detergent or Darks Detergent.

- Signature Detergent is for all-purpose laundering.

- Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is specifically formulated for washing animal hair yarns to preserve the natural lanolin and oils.

- Delicate Wash is formulated for washing silk and synthetic blends.

- Fabric Softener is to be used on cotton/linens and general laundering – not to be used when washing woolens or delicates.

- For whitening and general cleaning, The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative will safely whiten, brighten and disinfect your clothing. Perfect when pre-treating stubborn stains and dingy whites or just add to your washing cycle. Natural and color safe.

- Always examine for stains before washing! Pre-treat accordingly with Stain Solution and Stain Brush or Wash & Stain Bar.

Know Your Equipment
- Intense cleaning involves three elements: water temperature (hot), detergent amount (more) and agitation (movement in machine). Fabric, such as cotton, generally has a certain maximum shrinkage capacity so washing your favorite white t-shirt once in hot water will shrink the same amount as it would over multiple washings in warm.

- Always reference what fabric you are washing to determine the proper water temperature to use. Cotton and Linen are best washed with hot water, silk and synthetics are best at warm or tepid, and wools should always be washed with cold.

- Washing cycles are just as important as water temperature. Too much agitation even with cold water can shrink a wool sweater. Always use the delicates or woolens cycle when machine washing “delicates or woolens.”

- For more specific instructions, visit our washing guide, Can I Be Washed?

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Recipe for Washing Silks & Delicates

Posted on Jul 8, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Silks&Delicates

Silks & Delicates are a breeze to clean at home with our specially formulated Delicate Wash!

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Tools:
Delicate Wash, Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Delicate Spray, Scented Vinegar, Stain Brush

Pre-treat:
- Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal.

- To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

- To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Turn your clothing inside out.  This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

- Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
- To wash – submerge item(s) in a cool water bath with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Delicate Wash.

- Use your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

- Soak for ½ hour (do not soak silk for longer).*

- Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

- Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
- Change machine setting to delicate cycle and add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash in the machine.

- Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash.

- Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
- Lay item flat on a drying rack, a towel, or hang to dry.

- Some items may need to be steamed after washing.

Tips and Tricks:
- Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

- Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust.  Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

For more recipes, visit our other recipes on the left-hand menu and click on “Can I Be Washed” for our fabric washing guide.

*To view Gwen’s step-by-step directions for washing silk scarves – click here.

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Recipe for Pit Stain Removal

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Pit Stains

Get rid of those pesky yellow pit stains! On top of stubborn stains from wine, coffee, chocolate and so forth, one of the primary Laundress missions when we started this company was to conquer the “Pit Stain.”

This is a very common problem and a frustrating one at that! Fiber scientists conducted laboratory testing with our products at Cornell University to prove that we had a solution for this problem.

The stains (sometimes more yellow, some gray) are from the combination of the natural body oils, deodorant, and fabric absorption. To remove these stains & more, follow our recipes below… and Happy Laundering!

Tools:
Stain SolutionStain Brush

Optional:
Wash & Stain Bar, Scented Vinegar, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative

Pre-treat:
- Apply Stain Solution to the stain.

- Work the Solution into the stained area with our Stain Brush.

- Pour hot water from a height to be more effective and soak.*

- If stain has faded, but isn’t completely gone, repeat the process until satisfied.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Launder as normal.

*We recommended this process on durable fibers such as cotton, linen and some synthetic materials.
*For stain removal on delicate fabrics such as silk and cashmere, use tepid water. Do not soak silk longer than 30 minutes at a time.
*When treating stains from blood, always use cold water.

Machine washing:
- Pre-soak for super dingy whites. Make a bath of hot water and the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. Apply Stain Solution directly on stained areas. Soak items for at least an hour or overnight. You may want to rinse dirty water and repeat.

- Launder with hot water and The Laundress Whites or Signature Detergent which combines color guard and enzymes optical brightener. Add All-Purpose Bleach Alternative directly to the drum of the washing machine.

Dry/Finish:
- Do not dry any items that still have stains.

- Hang to dry on a line in the sun for energy efficiency, natural whitening and that awesome fresh line experience…or use the dryer.

For more Pit Stain Removal, see Gwen Conquer the Pit Stain, and watch Anthony Tackle Ring-Around-The-Collar.

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