Did you know that laundry is responsible for 25% of each garment's entire carbon footprint? Here are a few tips to help you reduce your environmental impact and at the same time give your clothes the chance to live longer. Win-win in other words.
Only wash your clothes when they are dirty.
You can usually just air them and remove patches of dirt by hand. For more advice about stain removal, see our sustainability tips for your wardrobe.
Use the right amount of washing powder.
Avoid overdosage, it only uses more electricity to purify the emissions at the wastewater treatment plant and your wash will not be any cleaner.
Softeners are a real polluter! They contain several environmental contaminants, which are flushed out with the wastewater. If you are worried about rigid clothes, you can try adding a little vinegar instead of softener. It is better for both the environment and your wallet.
Use a mesh laundry bag
Try to wash your delicates in a mesh laundry bag. It protects them in the washing machine.
Reduce the temperature.
Selecting 30°C instead of 60°C uses almost half as much electricity as it normally would. 30°C is perfectly hot enough if your garments do not have stubborn stains.
Dry your clothes climate-neutrally
Hanging out your clothes to dry is something that both your clothes and the environment will appreciate. Stretch the seams and give the garment a quick shake before hanging it up. Chunky knits and other heavy clothes prefer to be dried flat, so they retain their shape.
Do not iron unnecessarily.
Ironing makes up for a fifth of the overall energy consumption of an average wash, which is a good excuse to only iron when absolutely necessary. Follow the care label advice when choosing the ironing temperature.
Avoid dry cleaning
At Indiska we try to avoid designing products that require dry cleaning. Possible reasons why dry cleaning is sometimes recommended are if the product has been produced according to a particular handicraft technique or consists of several different fabrics, e.g. silk, crinkled, quilted, dyed or embroidered which may discolour, deform or shrink in a normal washing machine.
Laundry advice for the various fabrics
Cotton is hard wearing and can often be washed at relatively high temperatures without shrinkage. Follow our laundry advice for each product, as embroidered details also affect which laundry advice we recommend.
Linen is a strong natural fabric with a tendency to shrink when wet. The garment's original shape returns when you steam iron it at a high temperature. To retain its sheen, you should wash the garment inside out and iron it on the reverse side. Linen should not be tumble dried as this causes creases that are hard to remove.
Viscose is a synthetic cellulose fibre in which the raw materials come from spruce chips and cotton waste. The viscose fibres may shrink slightly more than, for example, cotton fibres. The garment's original shape returns if you gently stretch it while wet and steam iron it while still slightly damp.
Airing will usually suffice if you need to freshen up a woollen garment. When you do wash a woollen garment, use a mild detergent and hand wash it, or use the woollens setting or the hand wash setting on your washing machine. When hand washing, use either our Olive soap or a gentle mild detergent, which is kinder on the fibres and the environment.
Silk is a natural material made from the silk threads produced by silkworm larvae. The fibres are strong and durable relative to their fineness, which makes the material relatively wrinkle-free. It is highly absorbent and feels cool against the skin. However, the fibres are sensitive and can be broken down by chemicals, salt for example from sweat, bleach, enzymes and strong deodorants that are high in aluminium chloride.
Wash your silk garment by hand in lukewarm water and never leave it to soak. This can cause permanent colour damage. Use Indiska's Olive soap or a gentle mild detergent, and your silk garment will retain its sheen for a long time.
Leather is a natural, hardwearing material that only gets more beautiful with time. Leather shoes and handbags should be wiped down with shoe cream and then sprayed with a waterproofing spray. This improves protection from dirt and water, and keeps your leather products looking great for longer. Leather and suede should be taken to a leather specialist for cleaning. Follow the care instructions.
Suede is a sensitive material, far more sensitive than normal leather, for example. Apart from the fact that suede gets dirty more easily, it is also harder to clean. Patches of dirt can be brushed off with a suede brush (always brush in the direction of the fibres). Avoid exposing suede products to water, rain and moisture. This may cause blemishes that cannot be removed and there is a risk that the colour will run. We recommend that you waterproof your suede products straight away, while the product is new. This creates a dirt-repellent surface, which also provides some protection from moisture/rain. Leather and suede should be taken to a leather specialist for cleaning. Follow the care instructions.
Details and hand embroidery
Many of our products have hand-sewn details. With these products, we recommend that you use a mesh laundry bag when washing them to protect the delicate detailing. In many cases, we also recommend hand washing to preserve the original details. Always read the care label advice and follow our recommendations.