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Learn how to take care of your Houdini clothing

Learn how to take care of your Houdini clothing

Taking care of technical clothing is not difficult, and following the proper washing instructions significantly extends the life of your clothing.

General advice when washing

A piece of general advice for all materials is to make sure that zippers are zipped and velcro closures closed when washing. This will minimize the risk that the fabrics will get caught on sharp edges during the wash and begin to pill.

Avoid using fabric softeners. They often contain cationic tensides, which are antiseptic and do not break down easily in the environment. An antiseptic agent is used to kill or prevent the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, mushrooms, parasites and viruses. Fabric softeners can also weaken the performance of functional clothing.

A washing bag will protect all fabrics and garments from being torn or stretched out in the washing machine. It will also limit microplastic leakage in the washing process, which also means preventing microfibers from entering into rivers and oceans. You can buy the washing bags in the webshop or in our stores.

We usually wash our clothes too much. Clothing that is not very dirty can be aired out instead. Fresh air is good for both people and clothing. It is often said that we spend more time doing laundry today than we did in the 1940s when washing machines were very rare.

Most outer garments, especially shell layers and insulation garments have DWR treatments - durable water repellency. The purpose is to make the outer fabric water resistant. When it wears off after a few seasons, the outer fabric of your shell layers will start getting wet even though the membrane still keeps water from passing through the garment. When this happens, you can re-apply the DWR with a wash-in or spray. You can buy organic DWR in the webshop or in our stores.

Clothing made from wool can often be worn for several days without a wash, compared to clothing made from cotton. Think about how many times a wool jacket is worn before it is washed. Why wash other wool garments more often just because it is easier. Not only are we harming the environment from doing too much laundry, but the washing process is also very hard on the clothing.

One additional tip is to make sure that there are no sharp tags inside your clothing, since the tags tend to rub against underlying garments and make them pill.

Wool
Does not need to be washed after every use. Frequent washing has a negative effect on the wool’s properties and unnecessarily wears down the garment.

* Air clothes instead of washing to save water, energy and to make the garments last longer.
* Use a washing bag to protect your garments and to prevent fibers from leaking. When cleaning the bag and filter in the machine, make sure to wipe it clean and throw the lint in your trash can. Never rinse it in water since we don’t want the fibers to end up in the oceans.
* Machine wash cold, preferably with a wool program.
* If you can, use wool detergents. Otherwise use mild, environmentally certified detergents and make sure to use the right dose. Select a detergent that has a neutral pH and no enzymes. 

* Avoid bleach, alkaline substances that raise the pH value. Also avoid enzymes such as protease or amylase since these can break down proteins and fat in the wool. This also applies to silk.

* Avoid fabric softener. It is bad for the environment as it doesn’t break down and weaken the performance of functional clothing.
* Do not dry in dryer.

* Shape the garment after washing and lay flat to dry.


Base layers and fleece in synthetics
When washing clothes made of synthetic fabrics, the use of a washing bag becomes even more important: It prevents microplastics from entering into rivers and oceans.

* Air clothes instead of washing to save water, energy and to make the garments last longer.
* Use a washing bag to protect your garments and to prevent fibers from leaking. When cleaning the bag and filter in the machine, make sure to wipe it clean and throw the lint in your trash can. Never rinse with water since we don’t want the fibers to end up in the oceans.
* Machine wash cold.
* Use mild environmentally certified detergents and make sure to use the right dose.
* Avoid fabric softener. It is bad for the environment and weaken the performance of functional clothing.
* Do not dry in dryer. This exposes both the garment and the environment to unnecessary wear and tear. Most polyester garments dry quickly anyway.
* Hang dry.

Padded garments
Our padded garments have a synthetic insolation from Primaloft. There are many advantages to a synthetic padding compared to down: You don’t have to tumble dry the garment with balls to regain the shape, it dries faster and it doesn’t smell when it’s damp.

* Air clothes instead of washing to save water, energy and to make the garments last longer.
* Use a washing bag to protect your garments and to prevent fibers from leaking. When cleaning the bag and filter in the machine, make sure to wipe it clean and throw the lint in your trash can. Never rinse with water since we don’t want the fibers to end up in the oceans.
* Machine wash cold.
* Use mild environmentally certified detergents and make sure to use the right dose.
* Avoid fabric softener. It is bad for the environment and weaken the performance of functional clothing.
* Hang dry. Just remember to introduce heat to the garment after washing to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron. Make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt.

Softshell
Softshell or 1L shell are shells with a water repellent surface, but without a membrane.

* Air clothes instead of washing to save water, energy and to make the garments last longer. Do make sure to wash your shell if it has been used in salt water or has gotten very sweaty or dirty as this weakens the performance of the garment. They can reduce the fabric’s breathability and damage the water repellent surface. The dirt can even allow for moisture to leak though the fabric. 

* Use a washing bag to protect your garments and to prevent fibers from leaking. When cleaning the bag and filter in the machine, make sure to wipe it clean and throw the lint in your trash can. Never rinse with water since we don’t want the fibers to end up in the oceans.
* Machine wash cold.
* Use mild environmentally certified detergents and make sure to use the right dose.
* Avoid fabric softener. It is bad for the environment as it doesn’t break down and weakens the performance of functional clothing.
* Hang dry. Just remember to introduce heat to the garment after washing to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Follow the washing instructions. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron. Make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt.
* You can reapply or enforce the water repellent treatment with a wash-in or spray when needed. Always use an organic DWR: You can find both a spray and a wash-in in the webshop or in our stores.

Shell garment with membrane
Our shells with a membrane are 2L, 2.5L or 3L. The construction of the garment differs depending on how many layers a shell has. Let us break it down for you: A 2L shell always has a separate lining on the inside to protect the membrane. A 2.5L shell is a lighter shell that has an outer fabric, which is laminated with a membrane. Then, a protective print is added over the membrane, forming the last layer closest to the skin. 3L shells have an outer fabric laminated with a membrane and a thin knitted or woven lining on the inside. This makes the 3L shell more durable than a 2.5 shell, but it is also a bit heavier. 

* Air clothes instead of washing to save water, energy and to make the garments last longer. Do make sure to wash your shell if it has been used in salt water or has gotten very sweaty or dirty as this weakens the performance of the garment. They can reduce the fabric’s breathability and damage the water repellent surface. The dirt can even allow for moisture to leak though the fabric.
* Use a washing bag to protect your garments and to prevent fibers from leaking. When cleaning the bag and filter in the machine, make sure to wipe it clean and throw the lint in your trash can. Never rinse with water since we don’t want the fibers to end up in the oceans.
* Machine wash cold.
* There are special detergents for shells, but mild, environmentally certified detergents work just as fine. Make sure to use the right dose.
* Avoid fabric softener. It is bad for the environment as it doesn’t break down and weakens the performance of functional clothing.
* Hang dry. Just remember to introduce heat to the garment after washing to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Follow the washing instructions. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron. Make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt.
* You can reapply or enforce the water repellent treatment with a wash-in or spray when needed. Always use an organic DWR: You can find both a spray and a wash-in in the webshop or in our stores.

More information about washing and the environmental impact of taking care of clothing
An important part of a textile product's total environmental impact is related to how long the product can be used before it is worn out, how well it has been taken care of and finally, what happens to it when it can no longer be used for its original purpose. A good place to start is to choose clothing that is durable, timeless in its design and made from recycled and/or recyclable fibers. Then, the way you take care of your clothes whilst you are wearing them also makes a big difference. Not only for the environment, but also for the performance of your products. Cutting back on how frequently we use our washing machines is a huge win for both our garments as well as the environment.

Given the large amounts of detergents, energy and water that are used to wash textiles, it is easy to understand that this places considerable demands on our natural resources.

There are a number of environmentally certified detergents and cleansers available that reduce the impact of washing on the environment. The Nordic Ecolabel and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation's Good Environmental Choice are two examples. Water and energy consumption during washing and drying in different machines have been tested by the Swedish Consumer Agency, and the various appliances sold on the market must disclose how much water and energy they consume.

How full a washing machine or dryer is plays the greatest role on the consumption of energy, water and detergent. In small households it can be difficult to fill a machine, and the washing instructions of many garments recommend to “wash separately”.

Please contact us if you need more tips and advice on how to take care of your clothes in the best way for a long time. Visit our stores or reach out to us online to get help to repair garments, return them for recycling or purchase a washing bag and care products.

WARRANTY

Our design philosophy is about providing you with products that last. Products that, by their quality, style and functionality, simply don’t need to be replaced.



This is why we offer a product lifetime warranty. Every part of a Houdini product is designed to last its entire lifetime. Should any part fail at an earlier stage, we will repair or replace it. If you happen to damage a Houdini product, we are happy to provide the same repair service at a reasonable price.



The idea is to extend product lifetime in every way possible and to make sure your Houdini companion travels with you for as long as possible. Once your product eventually wears out, please remember to hand it in so that we can recycle it into another great Houdini product!