Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Let’s talk about washing, so you can care for your handwoven with confidence!
Please know, all wraps come washed and ready to wear.
Keep in mind, your handwoven doesn’t need to be washed that often and spot cleaning between washes is a great idea.
Choose a gentle detergent, that’s free of optical brighteners. I personally use Country Save, but Seventh Generation, Nature Clean, Nellie’s, or Honest Company, are also great options.
Check your wrap label to see the fibre blend.
Easy care fibres, such a cotton, tencel, bamboo, and hemp, can be machine washed on delicate and cold water setting. Do not soak. Use a small amount of detergent. 1 tbsp is enough and 1/2 cup of vinegar in your wash cycle. If your wrap has very saturated colours, you can add some vinegar to the rinse cycle as well to keep the colours where they should be.
When the cycle is complete, immediately hang or lay flat to dry, out of direct sunlight. I hang mine on my curtain rod.
If your wrap contains any silk or wool, you will need to hand wash. Complete this full process and do NOT soak.
Fill a laundry sink or a bathtub with cool water for silk and tepid water for wool.
*If your wrap contains both wool and silk, wash in tepid water.
Add a tablespoon of detergent and 1/2 cup vinegar, swish the water around with your hand to dissolve.
Add your handwoven to the water and push under the water until fully saturated.
Agitate it gently with your hands for a minute. Take extra care with wool. You can’t be rough with it when it’s wet as you don’t want to shock it and cause felting.
Drain the water and gently squeeze out your wrap, do not wring.
Fill your sink once again with cool water and move your wrap around in the water to rinse out remaining detergent. Repeat this step for a final rinse and drain.
Squeeze the excess water out of your wrap, do NOT wring out.
Lay out two towels on the floor and lay the wrap on top.
Roll it all up, putting pressure on the roll to soak up the wetness.
Now you are ready to hang it to dry in a safe place. If you are in a hurry, you can have a fan blowing on it. Just watch that you don’t leave the fan on too long as silk and wool don’t like to be over-dry.
As an alternative, if you trust your washing machine, you can gently spin out on low setting. Just remember to hang immediately to dry.
That is it! Happy washing!