Caring for Natural Fiber Baby Items

The one advantage those fossil fuel yarns have over natural yarns is their wash and wear quality. In the heyday of polyester, cotton became the evil fiber that had to be ironed, and wool became the evil fiber that had to be hand washed. However, today's natural blend yarns and superwash wools can offer much of the freedom of fussil fuel yarns without their downsides. And, since knit garments don't wrinkle like garments made from woven fabrics, even 100% cotton garments can be wash and wear. However, some of the fiber choices we offer do require, or will look beautiful longer with, special care.

Washing

Alpaca, Angora and Other Specialty Animal Fibers

Garments made with alpaca, angora and other specialty animal fibers, even if these fibers make up only a small percentage of the overall fiber content, need to be hand washed and dried flat. Limit agitation while washing to avoid shrinking and felting.

Silk

Garments made from yarns with a high percentage of silk fiber need to be hand washed and dried flat. Garments made with silk-blend yarns with a low percentage of silk fiber can be machine washed but should not be tumble-dried. See specific garment information for exact washing instructions.

Merino and Regular Non-Superwash Wool

Garments made from regular (non-superwash) wool need to be hand washed and dried flat. Limit agitation while washing to avoid shrinking and felting. For wool soakers intended for use with cloth diapers as a replacement for plastic diaper covers, relanolize every few washes.

Superwash Wool

Superwash wool has been treated to allow it to be machine washed and tumble dried. For best results when machine washing superwash wool garments, turn them inside out and wash in warm water in a lingerie bag or on the delicate cycle. Tumble dry on a cool setting or dry flat.

Bamboo

Garments made from yarns bamboo fiber can be machine washed in cool water on the delicate cycle and should be dried flat.

Beech and Other Wood Fibers

Beech and other wood fiber blend yarns can be machine washed in warm water and tumble dried. For best results, turn garments inside out before washing and use a low heat setting on the dryer.

Cotton

Garments made from cotton yarns and cotton blended with other plant fibers can be machine washed in warm water and tumble dried. For best results, turn garments inside out before washing and use a low heat setting on the dryer. Yarns made from 100% cotton are prone to shrinking up to 10%. To avoid shrinkage, wash in cold water and dry flat. Note that the colors in unbleached, undyed cottons can change with washing, sunlight and over time.

Linen

Linen is a very sturdy fiber and yarns made from linen or linen blended with other plant fibers can be machine washed in warm water and tumble dried. For best results, turn garments inside out before washing and use a low heat setting on the dryer. Garments made from linen blend yarns grow softer and softer with each washing.

Lanolizing Wool Soakers

To lanolize a wool soaker, soak it in a bath of 2 teaspoons of lanolin dissolved in about 2 cups of warm water for 15 minutes. Avoid agitation, as this will cause felting. Remove the soaker from the bath, gently sqeeze out most of the water, roll in a towel to absorb additional water, then dry flat. Most parents find that soakers don't need to be washed after every use. Just allow them to dry between uses. Lanolin is available at any pharmacy.