Bamboo fabric has multiple properties that allow it to provide your baby’s delicate and irritation–prone skin with comfort and proper conditions for its development. It facilitates healing and soothing of micro damages. In order to fulfil their function, bamboo clothes require proper care. You will find below a few tips on how to do it.
Bamboo clothes are much more durable than cotton clothes and are resistant to damage, which makes them also slightly more expensive. Nevertheless, they will also allow you to make savings and invest in your baby’s health in the long run. Let us tell you why!
Unique properties of bamboo clothes
Bamboo fabric owes its softness, breathability and absorbency to numerous micropores letting in the air. They enable the skin to breathe freely and remove moisture. This is also why bamboo fabric is more absorbent than cotton fabric by approximately 60%. Thanks to the micropores, bamboo fabric has thermoregulatory properties: in the summer, it keeps a temperature approximately 3 degrees lower than the temperature outside while in the winter, the temperature kept is higher than the ambient temperature.
Bamboo fabric is delicate, soft in touch and antiseptic: it’s dust-mite proof and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. If you want it to keep its unique properties, it has to be taken care of properly.
How to wash bamboo clothes?
Bamboo clothes are like a baby’s skin – the more tender you are with them, the longer they will stay in good shape. They should be washed by hand in warm water and soft detergents. Zips, snaps or buttons should be fastened and the clothes should be on the inside out to protect the colour.
You will find below some tips on how to wash bamboo clothes to keep their properties as long as possible:
- hand-wash in warm water using ecological laundry detergents or soap nuts. Dampen the clothes and start to squeeze them gently. Avoid intensive scrubbing.
- if you are washing the clothes in a washing machine, use a delicate program, wash with similar colours at low temperatures, e.g. 30 degrees Celsius (high temperatures make white clothes turn grey) , spin at a low speed. Make sure to leave some space in the washing machine so that the laundry detergents can be removed with water and don’t accumulate on the fibers.
- drying may take more time due to bamboo’s hygroscopic properties. Bamboo clothes should be dried in a dry and drafty room, placed evenly on a drying rack (preferably on two laundry strings/clotheslines); they shouldn’t be dried in full sun or in a tumble dryer as the fibers may get destroyed more quickly.
Bamboo clothes do not respond well to aggressive laundry detergents. Make sure to avoid bleachers, stain removers and laundry softeners since they may settle in delicate pores (providing unique properties to the fabric) and clog them. Bamboo clothes don’t need any additional softening as they are delicate and soft in touch. If you use too much washing powder, it may accumulate on the fibers and roughen the fabric.
Let’s save money and the environment
Caring for bamboo products does not require a lot of work or special laundry detergents – remember, however, that ecological detergents are much better compared to traditional ones. You should also give up using fabric softeners as they may have an impact on the environment.
Thanks to proper care, bamboo clothes will be more durable and can be used longer, also by your baby’s younger siblings. They may facilitate proper skin care, so after using them for some time, you might not need to apply any additional creams, ointments or special emollients as your baby’s skin condition will improve.
Bamboo clothes can be thus treated as an investment, not only a financial one, but first and foremost as an investment in your baby’s health. We provide your little ones with comfort and the best possible conditions for skin development in the first weeks of their life, mitigating the risk of skincare pitfalls and the resulting skin irritation.