Last Updated on March 12, 2022 by Ellen Christian
Wondering how to take care of linen clothes? Check out these tips for washing linen clothes and caring for linen fabric.
How to Take Care of Linen Clothes
Linen is a popular fabric for clothes because it’s lightweight and breathes well, making it ideal for warm weather. But linen can be tricky to care for, as it wrinkles easily and is susceptible to stains.
There is nothing that looks more professional than a linen dress or pantsuit. But taking care of linen clothing does require more time than other materials.
Remember to always check the care instructions when you wash linen or any other fabric. Delicate fabrics can be tricky to care for. The Laundress is my number one recommendation for washing linen.
What is linen?
Linen is a natural fiber that is derived from the flax plant. It is often used in clothing because it is lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for warm weather.
How to wash linen clothes
The best way to wash linen clothes is to hand wash or machine wash on a delicate cycle using cool or cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using hot water, as this can cause linen to shrink.
If you must use a washing machine, put your linen clothing in a mesh bag to protect it from getting snagged or caught on other items. Be sure to use a cold water wash and rinse.
To hand-wash linen garments, start by soaking the garment in cool water with a mild detergent for about 15 minutes. Then, gently rub the stained area with your hands to loosen any dirt or debris. Rinse the clothing in cool water and hang it up to dry.
If you’re machine washing linen clothes, use a delicate cycle or gentle cycle and cool water. Add a mild detergent and any linen-safe fabric softener to the wash.
Avoid using too much detergent, as this can leave behind a sticky residue that attracts dirt and stains. Never use harsh detergents on your linen garment. It’s best to use a delicate wash and gentle machine cycle and skip the fabric softener.
How often should you wash linen clothing?
Linen clothing can be washed as often as you like, but it’s best to avoid washing it after every wear. If your linen garment is only lightly soiled, you can spot clean it with a damp cloth.
Get sweat stains out of a white linen shirt
One of the biggest challenges with linen is getting rid of sweat stains. The best way to remove a sweat stain is to pre-treat it with a laundry detergent or enzymatic cleaner before you wash it.
In this case, hand washing linen is really best. Washing your linen in the washing machine may not get the stain out. In some cases, dry cleaning is the only option. Check the care instructions to be sure.
If the stain is already dry, use a toothbrush to scrub at the spot and then treat it with a laundry detergent or enzymatic cleaner. The Laundress is my number one recommendation for washing linen.
Be sure to let the garment air dry before you put it back on. Avoid putting it in the dryer, as this can set the stain and make it difficult to remove.
Can I put linen clothes in the clothes dryer?
It’s best to air-dry linen clothing, as the dryer can cause shrinkage. If you must use a clothes dryer, set it to a low heat setting and remove your linen garments as soon as the cycle is done.
Some dryers have a linen setting. So, you can look for that if you prefer not to lay flat to dry. Air drying is really best when it comes to linen clothes.
This air drying rack is ideal. I use it for all my delicates.
How to remove wrinkles from linen clothes
To remove wrinkles from linen clothes, start by hanging them up to air dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a steamer to remove the wrinkles. Be sure to test the steamer on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage.
When it comes to how to take care of linen clothes, it’s easier to avoid wrinkles than to remove them.
How to store linen clothes
The best way to store linen clothes is by hanging them up in a closet or storage area where they can air out. Always use a padded hanger when hanging linen jackets or a linen shirt. This will help to minimize fabric stretch.
If you need to store them in a container, be sure to use a breathable fabric like cotton or mesh. Avoid using plastic or vinyl bags, as these can trap moisture and cause the fabric to mildew.
How to hang linen pants
If you’re hanging up linen pants, start by folding them in half lengthwise. Then, tie a piece of ribbon or a belt around the waist to create a loop. Finally, hang the loop on a hanger or coat rack.
How to fold linen garments
To fold linen clothes, start by folding them in half lengthwise. Then, fold the sleeves in so that they’re flush with the sides of the garment. Finally, fold the garment in half again so that it’s about half its original size.
How do you keep linen from wrinkling?
There are a few things you can do to keep linen from wrinkling. First, avoid overloading the washing machine or dryer. This can cause creases and wrinkles in your linen clothes.
Another thing you can do is invest in a good steamer. A steamer will help to remove wrinkles and leave your linen clothes looking crisp and fresh.
Finally, be sure to store your linen clothes in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in plastic or vinyl bags, as this can cause the fabric to mildew.
Ironing linen clothing
Ironing linen clothes is a necessary step to keep them looking their best. Start by setting your iron to the lowest heat setting that will still remove the wrinkles. Be sure to use a press cloth or piece of parchment paper between the iron and the fabric to protect it from scorching.
When you’re finished, hang up the linen clothing to air out to remove any lingering wrinkles or creases.
Now that you know how to take care of line clothes, check out a few of my favorite outfits. I love linen and look forward to wearing it during the warmer months.
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