doing our laundry often means schlepping a big pile of clothes from our overflowing washing basket to our washing machine, delicates scrunched up between the denim, with the darks ready to run into the lights. add a harsh chemical detergent to remove the stubby stains? why not? convenience takes precedence in our busy lives. but...what if we changed the notion of doing laundry?
what if we stripped down to basics and swapped ‘energy-efficient’ machinery and harsh chemicals for hands, the sink and environmentally friendly detergent? what if we swapped convenience for consciousness?
taking better care of our clothes is one of the best ways we can practice sustainability and improve the life span of our clothing. fashion is a form of activism, so when you choose sustainable fibers like onnies, which are designed to last, you are keeping unnecessary material waste like micro plastics and chemicals, out of the landfills. onnies encourages you to take good care of your garments, so you can enjoy them for years to come.
water temperature: the colder, the better. use cold to warm water.
detergent: avoid strong chemical detergents, and rather opt for natural laundry powders. do not use bleach, even for the most stubborn of stains - rather use vinegar which helps remove stains and all traces of soap.
washing: allow your underwear to soak for about an hour. rinse thoroughly, making sure to remove all excess soap, helping to avoid the formation of brown spots on the hemp material, as a result of cellulose oxidation of the residual soap.
drying: do not ring your onnies before hanging out to dry, to avoid unnecessary wrinkles. line dry your onnies out of direct sunlight to help maintain elasticity and colour. avoid dry cleaning and ironing.
why hand wash?
on average, you use less water when washing your clothes by hand in comparison to the average washing machine. considering the reduced amount of water used when hand washing, it’s easy to understand the reduced amount of detergent required per wash. not only does this decrease the amount of money spent on detergent, but it also reduces waste packaging, as well as the amount of chemicals leached into the environment. energy comparisons between the two are a little more challenging, depending on your washing machine model.
the most important aspect is the longevity of your clothing. many garments have care labels that read “hand wash only”. some people will take the risk, and well, some people will even get away with it, but we advise against it. while hemp is one of the most durable textiles, during a machine wash, microscopic tears can occur over years during the process of agitation. while we can’t really see this with our naked eyes, long-term damage is inevitable. with sustainability as our primary goal, improving the longevity of our garments is our number one priority.
so, green your laundry folks, it'll be worth it.