Actually, most of us already know pretty much what to do with easy-care natural fibers like Sympatico's blend of hemp and Tencel. The classic wisdom applies:
- Wash cold unless stained. Hemp is durable and does not require hand washing.
- For stains, use detergent directly or presoak, and use warmer water.
- Don't expose clothing to dryer heat or iron until you’re sure the stain's gone.
- Dry cleaning is ineffective. Hemp does better with washing.
- Keep darks separate.
- Avoid setting wrinkles by removing promptly from the washer/dryer. Over-drying actually increases and sets wrinkles.
- If you hang dry, arrange garment on the hanger and smooth collar, pockets and hems, as needed.
- Heat and moisture remove wrinkles, so spritz or dampen in the shower or throw in the dryer for a few minutes to relax wrinkles.
- If you iron, use fairly high heat. Test on the reverse side to prevent shine, especially on darker shades.
- Hemp is tough: it wears in, not out and grows softer with use. A couple of dryer balls or tennis balls in a cool dryer hasten the process.
- Avoid chlorine bleaches on hemp. Oxy bleach products work better and are more Earth-friendly.
The 55% hemp content in Sympatico’s fabrics dries faster with fewer wrinkles thanks to the Tencel content. It’s the hemp that gives the fabric its remarkable durability and odor-resistance. You can usually get several wearings from one cleaning. A third of a garment’s environmental footprint comes from its care. Here's more about caring for clothing in general in eco-friendly ways.