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How to Clean & Preserve Spring Pastels

Ready for a breath of fresh air? Springtime is just around the corner, and we’re ready to step out in our favorite pastel garments that capture the vibrant spirit of the season. Pastels can yellow or become dingy without the proper care, so follow these easy wash steps to keep them looking crisp and bright for years to come!

Your cleaning toolkit: Delicate Wash & Spray Duo, Signature Detergent, Darks Detergent, Stain Solution, Wash & Stain Bar, Stain Brush, Mesh Bags, Wash Tub Basin

Step 1: Spring Into Stain-Fighting Action
Stay ahead of dinge and yellowing by pretreating with our Wash & Stain Bar. Simply work it into a lather using warm water and the Stain Brush. Then using the same brush, massage the formula into the collar, cuffs, and underarm area to dissolve buildup from deodorant and body oils.

Things get a little too lively at the picnic? Remove grass stains and wine spills with a splash of Stain Solution! Apply a small amount to the stained area and work in with the Stain Brush before washing.

Step 2: Give Pastels a Springtime Shower
First things first, check your garment tags! Determine your fabric types, and group similar fabrics and colors to wash together. If you’re unsure of the fabric type, play it safe and stick with a delicate wash process….

For Silk + Delicate Pastels
For pastels made of silk or delicate synthetic fabrics, turn garments inside out and wash using Delicate Wash and cool water. Here’s how: To handwash, fill a Wash Tub Basin, sink, or tub with cool water and add 1-2 capfuls of Delicate Wash. Let soak for 20-30 minutes then rinse with cool water, press between your hands or the edge of the tub to release excess water, and lay flat to dry. For machine washing, place items in a Mesh Bag to protect them during the spin cycle, select a delicate cycle with a cool water temperature, and add 3-4 capfuls of Delicate Wash. After washing, remove items from the Mesh Bags and lay flat to dry!

For Cotton + Linen Pastels
If your pastels are made of durable fabrics like cotton or linen, machine wash using a regular cycle, warm water setting, and 2-3 capfuls of Darks Detergent—designed to keep all shades vibrant and prevent fading—or Signature Detergent, our everyday formula designed to brighten, soften, and preserve everyday laundry. Cotton and linen pastel items can be dried at a low to medium heat. Keep in mind you can always show the earth a little extra love by selecting a more eco-friendly low heat drying cycle, or by line drying!

Step 3: Stay Breezy
Stay smelling sweet as a cherry blossom in between garden walks and farmer’s market trips by spritzing your pastel items with Delicate Spray. Love the lush scent? You can use the fabric-freshening formula to revive couch pillows, jackets, and rugs, too!