Caring for your table linens

Your Coyuchi napkins, placemats and runners were guests at every holiday event you held. Get them ready for your next celebration, whenever that may be, with these simple guidelines—all tested and approved by our own organic-fiber experts.

Treat for stains. Check your linens before laundering and use a stain remover if needed. 

Wash in cold water. We recommend cold-water washing for all our washable items—hot water can weaken natural fibers, fade a fabric's colors and contribute to shrinkage. Modern detergents really do clean just as well in cold water, too, especially when paired with a newer-model washing machine. What's more, washing a laundry load in cold water uses far less energy—up to 75 percent less—than doing the same load in hot water.

Use non-phosphate laundry soap and organic peroxide bleach. GOTS certification—the global organic textile standard—prohibits chlorine bleach in textile processing, so we follow through by using hydrogen peroxide at home, for our whites. Not only are non-chlorine bleaches better for the environment, they're better for fabrics—chlorine can turn cottons yellow and weaken the fibers.

Skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets. Both bring unnecessary chemicals to the laundering process and reduce the absorbency of fabrics. Your towels won't dry as well, and sheets and clothes won't breathe as well. 

Air dry your linens whenever you can. It brings the outside in and saves energy, too.

If you have to machine dry, use a low temperature setting. It's better for fabrics.

Bonus for the planet: Do laundry at night, when energy demand (and costs) are lower.