Fill a sink with cold water. Add a tablespoon of delicate soap--scan the label and choose a plant-based detergent free of fragrance, optical brighteners, chlorine, and phosphates that are all bad for you and the environment. Place your item into the water and gently swirl it around for a few minutes. Drain and refill the sink with clean, cold water. Rinse your garment by swishing it around once more, and then gently press it to remove excess water. Be careful to not wring or twist, as this can distort its shape. Reshape the garment on a dry towel. Roll up the towel, pressing as you go, to help extract the water still left in the garment. Lastly, reshape the garment, and lay it flat on a drying rack or on a fresh towel to air dry.
Machine wash clothes in cold water. Scan the label and choose a plant-based detergent free of fragrance, optical brighteners, chlorine, and phosphates that are all bad for you and the environment. Hang or lay flat to dry.
A lot of fabrics can be steamed or ironed on a low setting, but we recommend you test a small area first. Use a dry iron on low for anything structured like a blazer or jacket--do not steam as it may affect the shape. If a fabric is shiny like our El Bosqué Jacket, please do not iron.
More than 50% of dry cleaners use a chemical called Perce that is linked to respiratory issues and air pollution. Skip the standard dry cleaning and opt for green dry cleaners! These cleaners often use CO2 or water as the primary solvent, but they have fancy equipment so it is not like washing garments at home. Even if your cleaners advertises as "green" or "organic," be sure to ask if they use Perc, hydrocarbons, or D-5 cleaners, and be sure to avoid the toxic stuff. Say no to Perc.
We have a few green cleaners we recommend in New York City. If you don’t live in these cities, try searching for eco cleaners in your area using sites like No Dry Clean, or Yelp.
NYC green cleaners
Green Apple Cleaners
The Eco Laundry Company