The Merino Wool Care Guide
...and any other wool, you want to care.
Extend the life of your Woolday clothing
Nothing is more useful for the planet than using your garments for a long time. It protects the earth, your wallet, and appreciates the exceptional craftsmanship. Proper care of your merino wool clothing is an active contribution to making the best use of the precious resources and the handcraft that has gone into each Woolday garment. With our care guide, you will enjoy your merino shirts and garments for a long time to come.
Each of us has probably already destroyed one or two wool items in the washing machine. It's part of why many believe that caring for wool garments is time-consuming and difficult. But honestly, that's not true.
It's the other way around. If you do it cleverly and correctly, wool takes less time and attention than the rest of your clothing. When it comes to wool, less is more. Nature has endowed merino wool with the unique property of regeneration. If you give it a little time after wearing it, it will take care of it all by itself.
If you have to wash your Woolday clothes, you can do a few things to ensure that you will love your shirts and products for years to come. You can learn more about that, here.
Protect The Environment And Your Clothing
Numerous studies have shown that garment use and care cause massive amounts of climate-damaging emissions, water waste, and environmental pollution. With the right care and without great effort, you protect not only the life of your clothes but also the environment. And at the same time, save your wallet. The right care, together with a responsible production, makes a huge difference for our beautiful planet and its inhabitants. So it's worth it, and your clothes will thank you for it too.
Wash Less, Wear More
You could easily wear our wool garments two to five times before you need to launder (depending on the visible stains). Washing your clothing after each wear is often more about a habit than hygiene, and it is usually unnecessary. Wool has the natural capacity to recover and regenerate. All that it needs is a rest for one or two days. Washing less keeps the colors shining and the fabric more durable. Because every wash loosens small fibers from the fabric. If you instead air your garments and treat most stains individually, you can prolong the life of your garments significantly. It also protects the environment, your wallet, and saves a lot of time and effort.
Give The Wool A Little Time
Wool actually takes care of itself better than anyone could. If you hang your clothes loosely and uncovered for at least 24 hours after wearing them, the wool does most of the care by itself. The best thing to do is to hang it outside, in the fresh air. You can also hang them up in the bathroom while showering or steam them a little bit. The moist air supports the regeneration of merino wool.
When it is aired, wool breaks down the bacteria that cause sweat to odor; the fibers return to their original shape. The fabric becomes sleek and resilient again. When you put your t-shirt back on, it's fresh and looks great. So just let the wool do it, then you'll enjoy your shirt all the longer.
Treat stains on the spot
It is best to treat stains immediately. Natural fibers like merino wool absorb stains well. And the longer the stain soaks in the fabric, the harder it is to remove. So it's best not to throw it in the laundry basket, but rather wash the stain briefly (not the entire item of clothing) - it only takes a few minutes and is worth it.
We treat most stains with organic gall soap (this is a good one) or as a vegan alternative with citrus stain soap (you can get a good one here). The following rule is essential: If a stain contains grease or fat, soak it with warm water and treat it. All other stains (wine, coffee, grass, fruit, and vegetables) use only cold water. Warm water lets the stain move deeper into the fiber. And never use bleach stain removers on wool: this will spell the end of your beautiful wool shirt.
We are working to provide you a full guide for stain removal instructions for your wool garments.
Use The Right Detergent
We love organic detergents and can specifically recommend a few, that we use ourselves and achieve fantastic results. Conventional detergents are harmful to the environment, and unnecessarily pollute the water. Please use modern detergents sparingly – more detergent does not make your laundry cleaner or more hygienic. Often much less is necessary than the manufacturer recommendation. "More is better", was never really true when it comes to caring for clothes (and in our humble opinion also for most other things in life – except love and respect).
Only 1% of the world's clothing is made of wool. Only a fraction – like our products – from 100% wool. More than 60% of global clothing is made from plastic fibers such as nylon, elastane, polyamide, polyester, or acrylic. And most products made from wool are blended with one of these.
When washing, small particles less than 5 millimeters in length separate from these synthetic fibers during washing. So-called microplastics are found in large quantities in the global drinking and saltwater. They are part of the worldwide plastic pollution. These small plastic particles cannot be completely filtered out even by modern sewage treatment plants. So they get into our ecosystems through the water cycle, right up to our food.
Most Woolday garments are made from 100% finest merino wool. Wool is a natural and renewable raw material and completely biodegradable. The washed-out fibers in the water also dissolve entirely after a while. But we also use small amounts of plastic fibers such as elastane. The fabric of The Merino Wool Boxer Briefs contains 3% of the elastic fiber elastane. Its elastic band is woven from 100% elastane and polyamide. We, therefore, ask you to use a fine-meshed washing bag for washing them. The fine mesh of the bags catches the microplastics (the best are available from Guppyfriend). In doing so, you are helping to stop the plastic pollution on our planet. Thank you!
You can find the fabric construction of our garments on the detail page of each product.
Do It Yourself
The best caregiver for your Woolday garments is you. Save yourself the money for the dry cleaner and do something beautiful and enjoyable with it. Any chemical cleaning can attack the wool and shorten the life of your garment. They often use cleaning agents and detergents that are harmful to the environment; they also require an above-average amount of energy. And the plastic sheeting and disposable hangers in dry cleaners cause unnecessary waste.
As we promised, taking good care of your wool clothing is simple and will not need a lot of your time and attention. Now you know the basics, and your merino wool garments will take care of the rest.
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