Hi makers! We spend a lot of time knitting, crocheting, and making all the things we love and it's no fun when we lose the enjoyment of our pieces to poor laundry care. Better to have an eco-friendly no rinse delicate wash for our handmade items, right?
We've got your back and have the Eucalan dream team here on the blog for some laundry tips and tricks that will make sure your pieces last! Eucalan is an OML 2019 event sponsor and we're stoked that they're supporting how and what we make.
Eucalan has been in the clothing care business for 25 years much in part by putting a whole new spin on laundry for makers. So let's not waste any time on turning to them for the good handmade care advice, the Eucalan way:
Eucalan is delighted to be an Our Maker Life event sponsor this year! We are headquartered in Ontario, Canada where we produce Eucalan Delicate Wash, which is the perfect wash for all those lovely things you are making! Eucalan comes in four delicious scents - Jasmine (Wrapture), Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, and Lavender. We also have one unscented wash. Today, we’re sharing some of our top tips for caring for your crafting projects.
First, let’s go over the basics of washing an item as Eucalan works well for hand or machine washing!
Front Load Machine:
Top Load Machine:
Lay items flat to dry on a clean surface. Block as needed. Dry all items out of direct heat or sunlight to avoid discoloration and shrinkage.
Now let’s talk about caring for your handmade craft items.
Hand Knits & Crochet
You spend so much time creating beautiful projects and we can help you keep them looking great and smelling amazing forever! We suggest hand washing your knitted and crocheted items and air drying them. You can use the basic instructions above, but we’ve also got great resources on removing pills, mending your items, and storing your garments when not in use. The most important time to wash your woolens is before you pack them away for summer storage; this cleans them of any oils from your skin and makes them less palatable to moths and other fibre loving insects. But Eucalan is perfect for washing before blocking, and anytime you want to freshen up your crafts!
You love your embroidered treasures - table linens, cloth napkins, a stitched pillow cover…but when they start to look like they need a wash, you might not know where to begin. Stitches can be very delicate and easily snagged on other things, and you can’t just throw them in the washing machine. How do you take care of embroidered items, both new and old? Check out our step-by-step tutorial on caring for your embroidery pieces.
Quilts and Wool Blankets
Eucalan’s gentle, no-rinse formula is the perfect way to care for your quilts. First, you’ll want to test for colour-fastness to ensure that darker colours don’t run into lighter colours when washing. If there are any spots or stains, you can pre-treat with full-strength Eucalan as needed. We recommend washing your items on the delicate cycle of your washing machine. If you’re looking for more tips on washing quilts and oversized items, we’ve got you covered.
Do you have wool blankets - hand knit /crocheted or commercial? With proper care these blankets can last 20 years or more. We’ve got a step by step post for taking care of stains and laundering these items. We recommend our Eucalyptus or Lavender scents, which are both scented with essential oils that are naturally antiseptic and moth-repellent.
We hope we’ve given you some great information about caring for all of your hand made projects. We love the maker community and it’s our pleasure to be part of such a wonderful event!
Do you have a favorite project that you care for with Eucalan?
If so, please share it with us at #eucalan - we'd love to see!
The Eucalan Team @eucalan