Extending the life of your linens

We believe in crafting beautiful, quality linens that will last. We also realize that some mishaps are unavoidable after years of love. That's why we had our Production Team and our Natural Home Advisors curate a list of their best tips + tricks for extending the life of your product. If you'd like a more comprehensive look at our recommendations by fabric, visit our care guide

We hope these pointers allow you more warm nights wrapped in your most loved layers. 

  • Always wash your Coyuchi products before using. 
  • Always wash linens with cold water.
  • Avoid drying your face on our towels with any product containing benzoyl peroxide or other whitening agents, as they will cause discoloration. Try tea tree oil, salicylic acid or True Botanicals for safer acne fighting ingredients. If you aren't ready to part with your skin care routine, follow with a designated wash cloth. 
  • Try to avoid using fabric softeners during wash cycle and steer clear of dryer sheets during the drying cycle. Besides making your product last longer, this is a more eco-friendly way to do laundry. Dryer sheets and fabric softeners are made with toxic chemicals and often have common allergens. Besides sticking to your linens, these chemicals spew out of dryer vents and harm the planet + others. 
  • Replace toxic dryer sheets with our Wool Dryer BallsThey improve the drying time, prevent static cling, and can have organic essential oils applied to add scent. 
  • Ditch the bleach. Chlorine bleach has a tendency to yellow whites and can be eliminated from the laundry. Peroxide bleach (like OxyClean) is a much safer alternative. Pre-treating with products with an organic spot-treatment, like Vaska, will address many spots and stains, and if applied before the item is put into the laundry, is far more effective than bleach in removing spots and stains. 
  • Dry your linens on low heat or air dry when possible, especially for knits.
  • Creases in sheet frequently happen and it’s likely the dryer is over-loaded and exacerbated by a hot dryer. The sheets and cases need to be loose in the dryer or they stay wrinkled.
  • Launder your flannel inside out (works well for cases, shams and duvet covers) and it will be less prone to getting ‘roughed up’ over time. All flannel eventually loses the smooth soft finish and ours is guaranteed for 20 home launderings. You will be sleeping on a cloud night after night.
  • If you notice a loose thread, simply clip it; pulling on them to break may just make the issue worse.
  • If you experience a pulled loop on your towel, just snip it at the base; it will not create a hole.
  • We do an attachment test on our buttons, but if one somehow gets pulled off by your pet or your child, they can easily be sewn back on with a simple sewing kit. 
  • If something needs a refresher, sprinkle in some baking soda to the wash load for brighter whites and colors, or leave the item out in the sun. Both have de-ordorizing effects.  
  • Try the sashiko embroidery method for holes/tears. 

When you finally hit a point where you are ready to retire your linens, it is important that you recycle to avoid them being added to a landfill. Recyclability is one of the reasons we so strongly recommend purchasing organic linens with pure fibers. Conventional sheets are often blends, which are harder to recycle. Textiles are sorted depending on quality, fiber content, etc. Some get resold, some recycled, some are shredded and downcycled. Leaving the fiber content labels on your products allows recyclers to identify the fiber and determine the best course of action. If you appreciate new linens often but worry about recycling properly, you can sign up for our circular economy subscription, Coyuchi For Life. We work with The Renewal Workshop to responsibly upcycle, recycle or renew your old favorites.

Below are tips on what to do when your linens have reached the end of their cycle with you. 

  • Re-purpose really old, stained cotton items to make amazing rags, cleaning cloths, storage bags, etc.
  • If you live in San Francisco, you can recycle your clean linens by placing them in a clear bag before placing in the recycling bin. 
  • See if your city has a recycling center. RecycleWhere is a great website for finding recycling facilities near where you live.
  • If you feel they are still in usable condition, donate to your favorite local thrift store.