Handwashing at home? Ecostore and Maggie Marilyn deliver a definitive guide

For anyone with a curated wardrobe, the idea of washing at home can be rife with risk — particularly when it comes to those special, delicate pieces. But handwashing, when done correctly, can actually help to prolong the life of your wardrobe, and will certainly save on drycleaning costs.

Wanting to help us protect our clothes in a sustainable, safe way, Maggie Marilyn and Ecostore have joined forces to provide a simple guide for doing it right.

Spot Cleaning
Pre-treat stains by rubbing a small amount of Ecostore Laundry Liquid onto the area and leaving it to sit for 15 minutes. In the meantime, add half a cap of the Ecostore Laundry Liquid to a sink filled with cold water, before submerging the garment completely. Gently rub the stained spot using the fabric of the garment itself until the stain is worked out. Then swish it around in the sink before gently squeezing (without wringing) the excess water and laying flat in a cool, shaded spot to dry.

Wool
Wash your pure wool items at home by combining cold water with Ecostore’s Wool and Delicates Detergent and leaving to quickly soak. Then, empty the bucket and refill it with cold water alone before soaking the item again. Repeat until the soap residue is gone. To dry, lay the garment flat on a clean towel in the shade.

Silk
With the right technique, your favourite silk pieces need not be ‘dryclean-only.’ Simply add Ecostore Laundry Power to a bucket of water before introducing the garment and swirling it around until soaked. After leaving it to sit for a few minutes, rinse thoroughly under cold water to remove soapy residue before laying it on a towel and softly rolling it up to absorb excess water. Do not wring or hang with pegs. Leave the garment to dry flat on a fresh towel in a safe, shady spot. 

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