How to Wash Hemp fabric?
How to Wash Hemp fabric?
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I treat hemp fabric like I do my organic cotton fabrics. Spot clean with mild soap and baking soda, wash in cold water, and hang to dry. Even though hemp is a very sturdy material, it is prone to shrinking and stains. It is mold and UV resistant, so you do not have to worry about fading. But it will hold color, so be careful when you are wearing hemp fabric. It will last you years of everyday wear, but take care of it so you will have a lift time out of your hemp fabrics.
Always air on the side of caution and never use any form of high heat; be that during the wash or dry cycle.
Hand washing is best for hemp fabrics. But they are also machine washable as long as you don’t use hot water. You can use a moderate laundry detergent product and line dry. Tumble drying is also excellent with a low heat setting. Heat can often lead to shrinking. So, always use a moderate temperature setting for the best care of your hemp fabric. And iron while the cloth is still a bit damp or you can spray some water as well.
The most effective way to wash hemp fabric is to use minimal detergent, no bleach unless it is oxygen-based bleach. Always wash hemp on a cold setting in the washer and ensure that you air dry to avoid any shrinkage. The great news is that hemp will soften the more you wash it and will hold the softness.
Washing hemp fabric is like washing any other fabric. You can wash it the way you wash different fabrics. It’s good that hemp is washing machine safe, but it’s better to hand wash it so that texture will not be loosened so soon and weaken its fiber. Do not wash and dry it on high temperatures. It’s better to air dry it so that it will not shrink.
You can wash hemp just like any other clothing as long as it’s not in hot water. Also, I never pour the detergent right in the hemp fabric itself. The true key to success here is to NEVER EVER dry the hemp on high heat in the dryer! A low drying tumble is a fine but never high heat.
Hemp will shrink!
You should wash hemp fabric in cold water. Either wash hemp fabric in your washing machine on the cold setting or wash hemp fabric by hand in cold water.
First off, you can use the machine, but it might weaken the fibers. So for the sake of texture not to be loosened so soon, it would be better to go with hand washing. The same goes for the drying. It’ll be safer to have it air-dried. Avoid high temperatures both in washing and drying. For it could cause color mixture and shrinkage. It is safe to use hot iron if you wish.
Just like drying of any other clothing material, you will not want to make it extremely hot, drying, or washing. With all of my clothing, I never use anything in the high rating, medium, or below, usually using very low. Especially, do not dry it on high as it will shrink quite a bit as cotton material does.
Put any delicate hemp items into a lingerie bag before they go into the washing machine. Cold or warm water is fine, but NOT hot water. Colored hemp clothing should always go in a cold wash. Add a simple cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove detergent residue and leave your hemp fabric smelling fresh.
Hemp is washing machine safe. Just make sure to use low heats. NEVER do hot washing or drying.
If you go and decide to use a dryer, make sure it’s on the lowest heat to avoid tatters, and you can even remove them before the cycle finishes and take an iron to it to dry out the last remaining damp parts.
Though, it’s tough to beat line drying in the sun.
Don’t wring them out. It will destroy the hemp fibers.
I always love line drying, followed with a quick low or no-heat tumble in the dryer with dryer balls to soften a bit!