The Garment Care Guide

Taking good care of your clothes can significantly increase their lifespan. To help you maintain the allure and longevity of your wardrobe, and take better care of the planet while doing so, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate all things garment care.

Wash ↓

Storage ↓


Thinking consciously about the way you wash your garments properly prolongs the life of your wardrobe, which in turn helps to protect our natural world. 

Wash less. Wear more.

In general, people wash their clothes too often. The only clothes you should wash often are underwear, undershirts, and socks. Airing garment outside instead of washing them, often will be enough to keep your wardrobe fresh. Washing less will also help you avoid unnecessary wear and tear and will be beneficial for your wallet and the environment. To save even more water and energy, filling the washing machine makes a difference too.

Wash gently

For all your garments that can be machine washed, we advise you to wash on a gentle wash cycle. With a gentle wash we mean short, slow, and low:

  • The shortest cycle saves water and is mostly enough for clean clothes. 
  • 20 to 30°C will typically get the job done while putting less stress on your clothing and reducing your electricity consumption.
  • Lowering the spinning of your machine wil help you minimise friction and preserve your colours better. 

The care label

Care label symbols and instructions have been designed to keep your clothes in great shape, so always read the care labels for specific instructions. Please also keep the care labels attached to your clothes, so future second hand owners can take care of them properly, and clothing collectors can responsibly recycle the materials after you dispose of them. 


All garments have different requirements and your laundry should be sorted accordingly. We recommend to sort per colour and temperature. Delicates should be washed on a delicate cycle or by hand. Wash new or darkly coloured items separately so they don’t bleed. 

Liquid detergent

The most sensible option for washing your clothing is choosing for a liquid (and environmentally-friendly) detergent. Liquid detergents will be softer on fibers than powders, since they dissolve better in cold water. Don't overuse the product, because too much detergent will harm your clothes while not making them perse cleaner. To maintain colours better, opt for a mild, liquid detergent specifically formulated for dark colours. 

Treat stains immediately

Stains can mostly be treated if you act fast and efficiently. Some basic ideas to take away:

  • Simply throwing your clothes into the machine rarely works.
  • The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the stain out. 
  • Most stains come off with rubbing natural gall soap on the spot.
  • Hot or warm water is not always the best solution, as it can actually set some stains, making them even harder to eliminate. Hot or warm water is only recommended for fatty stains.

Dry & Iron

In general: try to avoid drying in the machine and ironing. The dryer can shrink and misshape your clothes while using a lot of energy. Ironing can damage your fabrics, and it is not always necessary.

Air Dry

The dryer can shrink and misshape your clothes while using a lot of energy. Whenever you can, avoid the dryer and air dry as much as possible. Opt for a drying rack or hang your clothes on hangers. When you use low spin cycles, your clothes might still be quite wet. Gently press out excess water by rolling the garment in a clean terry cloth towel. 

For knitwear: 

  • Avoid hanging knitwear, as this can cause stretching and misshaping. 
  • Lay knitwear flat on a dry towel.

Iron (only) if needed

Most garments don't need ironing if you always make sure you gently stretch and reshape your garments when they come out of the washing machine. Some fabrics can be more prone to creasing and wrinkles though. When this is the case, it is good to understand that steaming is gentler to the fabric fibers than ironing. When you must iron, always refer to the garment care label to know what temperature setting is safe for you garment. Avoid using too much pressure or heat, as this can damage the fabric or can cause an unwanted shine.


You might have never thought about durability and storage in the same sentence, but storing your clothes correctly will ensure that your garments can be enjoyed for years to come. 

Store away

When your clothes are fully dry and clean, store them properly in your closet, outside the reach of moths and away from dust and direct sunlight. We recommend hanging sturdy fabrics such as pants and shirts on rounded hangers, to ensure they keep their shape better. Don’t hang knitwear or other stretchy fabrics though, because hanging will stretch them or cause deformations. Instead, store knitwear and T-shirts folded, alongside cedar wood to keep the months away.

Keep it minimal

Make sure you don’t overfill your closet, as this can lead to wrinkling and deformation over time. Storing seasonal clothes properly, can help you to keep an overview over what you have, and will keep your wardrobe in peak condition during the off-season. Consider vacuum packing, storage bags, and storage bins. Protect your clothes from moths with dried cedar wood, and sachets of lavender. Gently shaking out your clothes from time to time can also keep moths away.