First and foremost, it is important to know that if you really want to wash your clothes using the machine, then we recommend you to use cold water. Not only it is more ecological, but you will avoid bad surprises like the discoloration or the shrinkage of your favorite garment.
Let’s start with Odeyalo’s most commonly used fiber, the cotton. Two clothes of our basics, the BLOOM kimono and the SEPTEMBER top, are made solely of cotton. We especially appreciate this material due to its natural origin and its softness. One of the significant features of the cotton is its great lifetime as it resists well to frictions and tearings.
For the washing, we strongly recommend avoiding hot water so you will not risk to shrink or discolour your garment made of cotton. It is also important that you make sure that your clothing is well dried before storing it, as it could cause some mold.
Granny’s little tip :
Concerning the denim, it is a fabric made of cotton that requires a special care. The first washing of a pair of jeans can be tricky, as the colour may run a bit. As we have thought about everything, the denim that we use has been pre-washed and pre-shrunk. For example the SNACK N’ BLUES pants are made from this fabric. They have already lost most of the colour that it was possible for them to lose. They will continue to fade lightly and naturally over time, but not in a significant way. It will give you a representative idea of what your pants will look like in several months as they will be similar to their original appearance.
Regarding the cleaning of this fabric, it is possible to wash it inside out with cold water using the delicate cycle option. However, some people prefer to totally avoid water, and refresh it by letting it spend a few nights in the freezer. Apparently, it would kill bacterias and control odours. The method begins as follows : shake the jeans to remove the residues, fold it, wrap it in a plastic bag, squeeze out the air from the bag, then place it in the freezer for a few days. It is up to you to see if this technique suits you more !
We have to let you know that this fabric hates friction, and if you ever end up with a sweater that came out of the washing with half its size, it is possibly due to rubbing or hot water utilisation. So if you really want to wash your wool sweater using the machine, do it with cold water at delicate cycle. Don’t forget to put your garment inside out. We also suggest you to use a wash net to avoid as much abrasion as possible. Or else, Odeyalo’s founder, Marie-Eve, strongly propose her method which consists to fill a vessel with cold water and mild soap, and let the garment soak. When you will remove it, it is important to know that you must not twist it. Instead, press it with your hands to extract as much water as possible. Place it flat on a towel that you will roll up and twist it to drain most of the water from the sweater. After that, your top can then be dried flat, so it won’t hold the humidity. It is important not to dry a wool item in the machine.
Granny’s little tip :
If your favorite wool sweater were to disform and become too small, there is a simple “home” method to get it back to its original state. In a water bucket, pour 2 spoons of conditionner or baby shampoo and let your garment soak in for half an hour. You can try Marie-Eve’s technique for the drying. And here is the come back of your lovely sweater !
First Granny’s little tip :
There is an effective method to soften your linen clothes, give them resistance to stains and help the colors so that they soak up in the fiber. The technique is quite common : let your garment soak in a bucket containing cold water and a cup of white vinegar for about 10 hours. Make sure you do this before you even wear and wash the clothes!
Second Granny’s little tip :
Since linen is a particularly worn fiber in warm seasons, we dare to believe that you might be wearing your lovely white linen pants during a relaxing summer evening with friends and a few bottles of wine in a park. And if with bad luck, you drank one drop too many and then fall on the grass while spilling the remaining red wine of your glass on your pant… what should you do? 😂
Concerning the grass stain, do the same thing, but with a cloth soaked of lemon juice.