November 9, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret
Welcome to PO.P’s laundry school!
We believe that clothes should be inherited and that as many children as possible should grow out of them, which is why we focus so firmly on quality when producing our clothing. You can also influence how many times a garment can be inherited – washing it correctly means it will last longer.
Come with us to learn how you can impact the lifetime of your garments while taking the environment into account.
All of our items have labels with washing instructions. The washing instructions in combination with PO.P’s laundry school will give clothing the longest lifetime possible.
Before even entering the laundry room, make sure that the garments really need to be washed. Check whether it would suffice to air them out and brush them off, or if you can remove individual spots to save energy. Doing so is gentler on both the fabric and the environment. Rain gear can be wiped off with a regular dish cloth, for example.
WELCOME TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM!
1. SORT COLOR
Solid colors may bleed when wet, so when they are washed together with multi-color garments, the white areas in the multi-color garments may get discolored.
White items should be washed with other white items.
Color items should be washed with other similar color items (sort red, green, blue and yellow into separate piles to wash).
Multi-colored items should be washed with other multi-colored items (e.g. red and white striped items should be washed with other garments with white details). If you are uncertain, let the lightest color in the item determine sorting.
Sort the items based on the washing temperature indicated in the washing instructions. The item’s washing instructions provide the maximum temperature. Washing at a lower temperature than indicated on the label is always possible, and doing so is gentler on both the fabric and the environment. Garments that are the same color but that have different washing temperatures can be washed together, but make sure the most sensitive item governs the temperature selection.
2. ADD DETERGENT
How much laundry?
Washing fully loaded machines of laundry is more environmentally friendly since doing so saves energy. A full load is when you can place your fist on top of the laundry in the machine. Putting too much laundry in the machine can damage both the machine and the clothing.
How much detergent?
Use the correct amount of detergent. Too much laundry detergent is frequently used, which is an environmental problem since the excess detergent is rinsed out through the drain. Too much laundry detergent can also lead to itching and allergic reactions since the machine cannot easily rinse away all of the residual laundry detergent. The color of clothing can also be negatively impacted by too much detergent since the balance between the amount of laundry, water and detergent is incorrect.
ADVICE: Are you uncertain how much laundry detergent is required? Wait until the washing programme starts. If a large amount of foam forms in the machine, you have used too much detergent. If just a small amount of foam forms, you have used the right amount.
AVOID fabric softener since it may contain substances that are hazardous to the environment and that are allergenic. Using fabric softener also wears on the fabric in the clothing and shortens its lifetime.
The temperature indicated in the garment’s washing instructions is the maximum temperature for the garment. It is possible to use a lower temperature depending on how soiled the garment is.
Psst! Be sure to hang up the items to dry when the machine is finished to prevent discoloration. Do not leave the garments in the machine!
Dryers and drying cabinets dry washed clothing quickly and completely. However, they also use a lot of energy. Allow clothing to air dry instead of using a dryer or drying cabinet. Doing so is gentler on both the fabric and the environment.
Fill the dryer completely without overloading it. Overloading the dryer will result in uneven drying and wrinkled clothes.
Remove the clothing from the dryer as soon as it stops to avoid wrinkling.
Only dry clothes together that need the same amount of time to dry. Synthetics and cotton need very different drying times, for example.
Select the iron’s temperature according to the garment’s instructions.
Only iron if necessary. You can avoid ironing, for example, by removing garments from the washing machine or dryer as soon as they are finished and/or drying them on a hanger.