The Laundress was launched in 2002 by Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd. It’s a highly effective, non-toxic line of laundry and home cleaning products you find today online in stores around the world. Each product is carefully crafted to work its magic on a specific fabric or surface with outstanding results. A work of art built on science, The Laundress collection is sophisticated, eco-conscious, and easy to use. Learn more about The Laundress HK below.

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How to Hand Wash Every Type of Fabric with The Laundress Hong Kong

Hand washing is the safest and gentlest way to wash items made of cashmere, wool, and silk, but also everyday fabrics, like cotton and linen. When you don’t have access to a washer and dryer or just feel like taking extra special care of your favourite possessions, here’s everything you need to know about handwashing at home.

Step 1: Group

Just as you would while doing laundry in a washing machine, separate your items by colour and fabric type. Create a pile of your woollens like wool, cashmere, and merino, delicate items like silk and lace, and everyday clothing and linens, then further separate colours from whites. Any garments that’s been heavily stained or temporarily dyed should be pretreated and washed alone, as colour transfer can occur more easily in smaller wash spaces.

Step 2: Pretreat

Tackle any stains with The Laundress’ Wash & Stain Bar (for oil-based stains like makeup or salad dressing) or Stain Solution (for tannin or protein stains like grass, red wine, ink or blood). Work the formula into the stain with a finger or a Stain Brush. For tough stains, allow the item to soak in a sink, bathtub, or basin for 30 minutes. (For woollens or delicates, use cold water; for everything else, use warm water) If your fabrics are heavily soiled or have an odour, add a capful of Scented Vinegar to the soak water.

Step 3: Wash

Depending on how big of a laundry load you have, you can wash your items in a bathtub, sink, or basin. Refer to this fabric-specific formula for the type of detergent and water temperature to use:

  • Woollens, faux fur, and down jackets or bedding: 2 Capfuls Wool + Cashmere Shampoo with cool water
  • Delicates: 2 Capfuls Delicate Wash with cool water
  • Denim: 2 Capfuls Denim Wash with cool water
  • Activewear: 2 Capfuls Sport Detergent with cool water
  • Everyday laundry (Colours): 1-2 Capfuls Signature Detergent + warm water
  • Everyday laundry (Whites): 1-2 Capfuls White Detergent + 1 Capful All-Purpose Bleach Alternative + warm water

You can adjust the amount according to your load size (refer to the back of the detergent’s bottle) but make sure you’re using the right amount- too little could leave lingering scents or stains, and too much can become difficult to rinse out completely. Now submerge the items and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute the soap. You can soak your items in the mixture for up to 30 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse

Run cool water through items until the rinse water is no longer soapy. Avoid wringing, which can alter the shape of the item. Instead, press the water out of the fabric by pushing it between your hands or against the edge of the washbasin or sink. If you notice colours or traces of dye in the water, don’t worry. This is normal and it’s simply the fabric or yarm releasing colour. You won’t notice any loss of colour.

Step 5: Dry

Lay the items flat in their natural shapes on a hard surface or on a drying rack. Unlike hanging, this is best for preventing stretching. Keep fabrics (especially woollens) away from heat sources like radiators or direct sunlight to prevent shrinkage.

Step 6: Dewrinkle & Refresh

After the items have dried, address any creasing with a spritz of Crease Release, then smooth with your hands. In between washes, mist with Fabric Fresh, a fabric refresher that smells like fresh laundry and is made with ingredients that have antibacterial properties.

Is The Laundress non-toxic?

Yes, The Laundress detergents and products are all non-toxic. The brand only uses non-toxic, biodegradable, and allergen-free materials. Their products are also free of controversial ingredients like petroleum, SLS, phosphate, phthalates, and dyes. The Laundress doesn’t use animal by-products either. You can wash happy and safely with The Laundress.