How do I care for organic cotton?

July 29, 2020

How do I care for organic cotton?

How do I care for organic cotton?

Many of you are in possession of organic cotton now, or you are thinking of purchasing organic cotton products.

Well, how do you care for the fabric?

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about caring for organic cotton clothing and linens.

NOTE: This information relates only to the growth, processing, and production of Certified 100% Organic Cotton and products made from it. These claims may not be accurate for products labelled simply “Organic” or “Made with” organic. Please read labels carefully.

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Do I have to be especially careful when I wash organic cotton?

Not particularly. Shrinkage should not be an issue with organic cotton clothing or linens, so you don’t have to “buy large” to get a good fit. With that said, avid overheating your clothing. Drying with high heat can cause more than 4% shrinkage of any cotton clothing so, take reasonable care when drying organic cotton apparel or bed linens.

Conventional cotton apparel is generally treated with chemicals to reduce the shrinkage effects of heat. Organic cotton is not treated, so in high heat it is possible for the cotton to shrink more than 10%. Shrinkage is worse for the lengths of the garments and is less noticeable for widths.

Suggestion: Hang to dry. If using dryer, use Air cycle, no heat.

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Will the colors in organic fabrics fade?

Eco-friendly dyes are just as long lasting – but not nearly as harmful – as the dyes used on conventional cotton products. They will fade if powerful detergents or bleaching agents are used but, with normal care, they should stay colorfast and lovely for a very long time

For the first wash, add ¼ cup of vinegar to the final rinse, this will help to set the color and resist future fading or bleeding.

How durable is organic cotton?

Organic cotton is not exposed to the harsh, fiber-weakening chemicals that commercially grown cotton is; therefore, with reasonable care, organic cotton will last many years.

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Can I use bleach for stains in organic cotton?

Do not use chlorine bleach on the natural color cotton products. Bleach will fade the cotton from its natural color and weaken the garment's fiber strength.

Can I use my favorite name-brand commercial detergent?

The powerful detergents on the market today are filled with abrasive chemicals that are hard on delicate inks and dyes. They are also harmful to the environment, you, and your family.

Even having residual detergent from a previous washing in your machine can adversely affect the condition of your item. If you regularly use a popular brand-name laundry detergent, please rinse your machine before washing your organic cotton products with Woolite or a similarly mild detergent.

Size Chart

The average size baby is born 7.5 lbs and grows approximately 1.5 to 2 lbs each month, and 1 to 1 ½ inches in height each month.

3-6 months = Chest: 12-14 inches Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 12-17 lbs

Size translation: Buy this size when you want Mom and Dad to dress the babe up in your purchase for Instagram stories; and, for those fun early refrigerator magnet pictures with Granny and Grandpa!

6-12 months = Chest: 14-16 inches Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 17-21 lbs

Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot make the baby shower. Mom and Dad will appreciate it!

12-18 months = Chest: 16-18 inches Height: 29-31 inches Weight: 22-24 lb

Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot remember when the baby was born—but you think--in the last year and a half! Or, pop into the 2T toddler t-shirt section.

2T = Chest 20 - 21 inches Height 32 - 36 inches Waist 19 - 20 inches

Size translation: Buy this size when you want a t-shirt for a 2 year old. This size can also be worn as a beach cover-up.

4T = Chest 22 - 23 inches Height 36 - 40 inches Waist 20.5 - 21 inches

Size translation: Buy this size for a big 3 year old and a 4 year old.

6T = Chest 24 - 25 inches Height 40 - 43 inches Waist 21.5 - 22 inches

Size translation: Buy this size for a big 5 year old and a 6 year old.