Caring for your bamboo clothing or linens is easy because you can machine wash them without losing bamboo’s special qualities. Bamboo is often blended with many other materials and that may impact the cleaning process, so always double-check the instructions for each individual item.
The key to cleaning your bamboo shirts, sheets, towels, etc is always use a mild detergent on the gentle cycle. It’s best to avoid extremely hot water too, just to be sure, you don’t have to worry about cool water not being sufficient to kill lingering odours either, because the material is naturally resistant to that sort of thing.
Stain removers are OK, as long as they are chlorine free. You can treat oily stains with an enzyme-based stain remover, and general stains can be treated with a bit of vinegar and water.
The best way to dry your bamboo clothing or linens is out on the line in good weather. If you use a machine, tumble dry on mild settings, and no longer than necessary.
If you can dry your washing outdoors, be aware that the natural moisture wicking and absorption qualities of bamboo mean that it can take some extra time to dry. So you may want to start earlier in the day.
Bamboo is a durable material, but if you hit it with excessive heat, you could end up scorching the fibres. If you want to iron your shirts or other items, always use the lowest heat settings to avoid damaging the fabric. Use very light steam if you must, but it would be better to avoid steam all together.
Things To Avoid
In order to ensure the longevity of your bamboo products, there are some things you should avoid.
- Bleach – The chemicals in bleach can damage bamboo fibres and ruin the article. Consider using other options like baking soda.
- Certain Chemical Agents – Chlorine Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, and other similar chemicals can fade your clothes and should be avoided. Chlorine bleaches especially can cause yellowing and weaken the material.
- Fabric Softners – These are not needed, the fabric is already soft and not recommended as they could break down the composition of the fabric.
Bamboo fabric is easy to care for, and you don’t have to change your routine to keep everything nice and clean It just takes a little extra care to add to the longevity of your shirts, sheets and the rest of your bamboo collection.