Linen is often misunderstood as a fabric. Somehow, somewhere along the way it gained a reputation for being hard to care for, but this couldn't be anything further from the truth. Linen is a breeze to wash, dry and store, and we can prove it.
Like cashmere, linen is an ancient fabric. Revered by generations for its breathability and texture, it is used today in fashion, for homewares and even upholstery. Made from the flax plant, it can be laborious to manufacture, but linen is way more durable than cotton. Linen also magically gets softer with every wash, so you can easily keep - and use it - for a lifetime.
The secret to caring for your linen all lies in a quality natural detergent. We love Ms Brown's gentle liquid detergents - made from a blend of biodegradable plant extracts, organic herbs and pure essential oils.
Machine or hand wash.
Never dry-clean linen, as the chemicals in the dry-cleaning process used can react with the linen and weaken the fibres. Hand-wash or machine wash separately on a short and gentle cycle, always with lukewarm water or cold water and a mild detergent.
Over-drying can make linen brittle over time, so if you're using a tumble dryer, it's best to use a delicate setting and remove from the dryer while still damp. To finish drying, simply hang or lay the linen product flat. If you feel the linen needs pressing, iron while the fabric is still damp.
Store with confidence.
Keep your linen in a cool, dry place; avoid plastic bags, cardboard boxes and cedar chests. Linen has inbuilt insect-repellent properties so you have nothing to fear from moths.
While you're here, read about how you can wash and care for your cashmere.