The Basics

How To Use Eucalan

Eucalan Delicate Wash is perfectly suited to many items.

Hand Wash:

  1. Add Eucalan to basin.
  2. Fill basin with tepid water (room temperature water, not hot and not cold)
  3. Insert article to be washed and soak for 15 min. (minimum).
  4. Squeeze article gently to incorporate water and soap through fibres.
  5. Pull article out of water and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not twist or ring.
  6. Follow drying instructions below.

Machine Wash:

Front Load Machine:

  1. Select Rinse and Spin or Hand Wash/Delicate cycle. Cold or tepid water.
  2. Add Eucalan** to fabric softener drawer.
  3. Load articles into machine and start cycle.
  4. Follow drying instructions below.

Top Load Machine:

  1. Add Eucalan** to machine.
  2. Select gentle cycle and add cold or tepid water.
  3. Stop machine. Add articles.
  4. Allow to soak 15 min. (minimum).
  5. Gently squeeze articles to incorporate soap and water through fibres.
  6. Spin water out.
  7. Follow drying instructions below.

*Use 5mL/1 tsp per 4L/1G of water (more for heavily soiled items)

**Use 15-30mL/1-2 Tbsp. per load (adjust amount based on size of load)

Drying:

Important: Dry all items out of direct heat and sunlight.

Lay knit articles flat on clean dry towel. Roll article in towel to remove excess moisture. Lay flat to dry on drying rack or clean dry towel.

Basic Laundry Lessons

To test for colour-fastness, place a swatch of the fabric in a jar with water and the cleaning agent you intend to use. Shake the jar and see if the water changes colour and how many suds you get. Or, dampen an inside seam, wait a minute or two and blot with a white cotton cloth. If colour appears, use caution. Most dyes used on yarn are reactive dyes and stand up to washing in 120 degree F. water. If a yarn was dyed at a high temperature it can stand up to that temperature without shrinking or fading.

Pre-spotting:

In general it is better to soak the entire garment unless you can test the fibre on a swatch or seam; pre-spotting agents can cause dyes to run.

Bleach:

NEVER USE CHLORINE bleach on protein fibres. Very diluted bleach may work on vegetable fibres, but must be rinsed out completely. Oxygen bleach or diluted hydrogen peroxide (the kind used by hairdressers) is better overall - soak 24 hours and wash thoroughly.

Fabric Softeners:

Do not use fabric softeners as they can make the dye run or add a waxy finish to the fibres. They may also contain bleach, whiteners or brighteners, which may affect change in the colours. They also usually contain synthetic fragrances which is not good for those with scent sensitivities and others.

Stain Removal:

  • Grease: (includes butter, oil, polish, wax) Use a liquid detergent and neutralize with vinegar before washing. If using a spot remover, test on an inside seam first.
  • Non-grease: includes alcohol, blood, tea, food. Some stains can be permanently set by heat, so be sure the stain is gone before washing/drying at hot temperature. Blot the stain or run cool water through opposite side of the stain. For stains on protein fibres press liquid detergent onto back of stain and soak in cool water. On vegetable fibres, press in a paste of powdered detergent, soak in oxygen bleach and follow with a detergent wash. Blood usually responds to soaking in cool water.
  • Other: Ink use alcohol or hair spray. Nail polish: acetone remover. Grass: alcohol, but it may loosen dye too. Mildew: soak in detergent and hang in the sun (not recommended for wool). Paint: wash out water based paint; use paint remover for oil-based paint. If paint has dried, use alcohol or other paint removers. May leave an oily residue. Wax: Put between paper towels, and two terry towels, use a warm iron. Fresh fruit/juice: place stained area over a bowl and pour boiling water through until stain disappears (use caution on wool).