Why taking care of your clothing is important and how to do it

by Erika Osurman
Why taking care of your clothing is important and how to do it

We realize that a purchase from YIREH (or other ethical brands) is often no small decision. Investing in quality pieces created with fairness, heart, and intention is a big deal! We want you to get the most out of your clothes and the most important way to do that is to care for your clothes properly. So we’ve put together a little guide with more information about the fabrics we use and ways to best care for them + our tips turning that care into a meditative ritual.

ALL ABOUT RAYON

Most YIREH garments are created from rayon. Rayon is super breathable, versatile, and light-weight. It drapes beautifully - which is one of the reasons we love it so much! Rayon is a semi-synthetic fiber manufactured from purified cellulose (usually from wood pulp). It does require chemical processing to ensure it will not shrink or lose shape - our hope is that in the future we can find other fabrics that require minimal or no chemical processing. 

Tips for Washing Rayon:
Hand wash with cold water (never use hot water!)
Lay flat to dry (as it could stretch if hung)
Never use bleach
Smooth out wrinkles while wet
If ironing is needed, use medium heat and turn it inside out

ALL ABOUT LINEN

Linen is a natural fiber created from flax. It is the strongest natural fiber and is super durable - because of this it sometimes can feel rough to the touch but softens up with use. (We use super luxurious linen that is already soft for you!) Linen wicks away moisture, prevents bacterial growth, and is a natural insulator - it will keep you warm in cool weather and cool in warm weather. Have we mentioned it’s a super fabric?

Tips for Washing Linen:
Hand wash in cold water
Mild detergent
Do not wring, twist, or scrub - be gentle!
Lay flat to dry (it could stretch if hung)
If ironing is needed use low heat while still damp

We realize life gets busy and hand-washing can seem like a chore, but we don’t want that to discourage you from well-made, beautiful clothing! Here’s our advice for making garment care more enjoyable:

:: Only wash when you need to (if it’s not dirty or smelly, put it back for another wear!)
:: Store hand-wash only items in a separate laundry bag to avoid mixing them all together and accidentally washing
:: Put on some music (our Spotify playlist!) and hand wash all of your delicate items at once
:: While washing, think about where you’ve worn these things and where you hope to wear them some day - the act of washing can be meditative

Remember - the key to a more ethical closet is using what you already own. And if you want to extend the life of your clothing, proper care is the best thing you can do! Turning the act of caring for your clothes into something more like self-care can make it more enjoyable and can fill you with gratitude + hope for the future.

Do you have any other care rituals? How do you turn chores into fun? Tell us in the comments below or on Instagram. 

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