How to Care for your Moonlit Sleep Bedlinen
All Moonlit Sleep sheets, doona covers and pillowslips carry the same care label. Our washing instructions are:
Cold Machine Wash with like colours
Wash Before First Use
Use Mild Detergent
Do not Soak, Bleach or Rub
Line Dry or Tumble Dry on Low Heat
Warm Iron if Necessary
Do Not Dry Clean
Why we LOVE washing in cold water:
1. Cold water washing uses less energy and thus emits less carbon emissions. Approximately 80% of the energy in a warm wash is associated with heating water according to energyrating.gov.au.
2. Cold water washing can reduce wear and tear on fabrics. It can actually prolong the life of your sheets. Cold water can be gentler and help colours stay true and look fresh for longer. Hot water washing can cause fabrics to shrink and degrade faster, but it can also give a better result on anything super dirty.
3. We think a cold water wash (with a detergent suited to cold water washing) is just as affective on all our bed linens....We LOVE a good cold water wash!!
Why do we LOVE using a mild eco-friendly detergent:
Using a mild detergent without any potential unhealthy chemicals such as artificial fragrances, optical whiteners and enzymes, is gentle on the skin and kinder on the environment.
We LOVE ecostore’s Laundry detergents and use them for all our washing! Our kids are eczema-free when we use ecostore's detergent (and body products).
Ecostore’s laundry products give great results, are concentrated to give great value and limit transport emissions. They are gentle on the environment, grey water safe, and, most of all they are healthier and safer as they do not use any nasty chemicals! Check them out at http://www.ecostore.com.au/categories/laundry
Why do we LOVE line-drying our sheets in the sun?
1. It’s better for the environment as sun-drying uses absolutely no energy! If all Australian households with a tumble dryer hung up one load of washing outside each week, we would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year according to the theguardian.com.
2. It saves loads of money – Dryers are super expensive to run and the sun is free!
3. It's better for your clothes – Tumble dryers degrade fabrics much faster than line drying.
4. The sun’s ultraviolet rays act as an antiseptic, killing any bacteria in your sun-dried sheets.
5. Our kids LOVE running through the sheets and playing hidings in them whilst they are drying on the line.
6. We just LOVE the way our sun-dried sheets smell and feel!!
So, what are our TOP TIPS for getting a great line-dried result?
1. Always shake out your wet sheets, quilt covers and pillowslips before hanging them on the line. This will help reduce wrinkles.
2. Try to hang from a part of the item that doesn’t show once the bed is made up. This helps to avoid visible peg marks and folds. For example, avoid hanging by the cuffs on your flat sheets and hang by the sides of the sheet instead. Don’t hang pillowslips on the side that opens, hang on the other side.
3. Try to hang without gathering. Hang so the item is taut over the length of your washing line. Use plenty of pegs! This will help the item keep its shape and be less wrinkled once it’s dry.
Do you iron your sheets?
Organic cotton bedding that doesn't have any potentially toxic anti-wrinkle finishes, will come out of the washing machine looking wrinkled. Some wrinkles will come out with line drying or tumble drying, but some will not. This is completely normal for pure organic cotton bedlinen.
Once your bedlinen has been slept in and played on more wrinkles will come out, and this is how we roll at our place! But just because we don’t iron ours, doesn’t mean that you can’t - We suggest a warm iron if needed.