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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 (and decreases the environmental impact of) your clothing.

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.

We do much too much laundry. Clothing that is not very dirty can be aired out instead. Fresh air is good for both people and clothing! Many people say that we spend more time in the laundry room today than we did in the 1940s, when washing machines were rare.

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 sweaters and fleece garments more often just because they are easier to wash? 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 tags inside your clothing since the tags tend to rub against any underlying garments and make them pill. The garments may not be damaged, but it would be a shame if they were not nice to look at. It is best to avoid using fabric softeners. They often contain cationic tensides, which are antiseptic and do not break down easily in the environment. Fabric softeners can also weaken the performance of functional clothing. (An antiseptic agent is used to kill or prevent the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, mushrooms, parasites and viruses.) Compared to 60-70 years ago, before the washing machine was invented, we spend more time in the laundry room now.

Wool
Does not need to be washed after every use, hang up to air out. Frequent washing has a negative effect on wool’s properties and unnecessarily wears down the garment.
- Machine wash cold, wool program,
- Gentle detergent, preferably wool detergent. Select a detergent that has a neutral pH and no enzymes. – Also applies to silk. Avoid bleach, alkaline substances (raises the pH value) and enzymes such as protease or amylase since some enzymes break down proteins and fat.
- Do not dry in dryer
- Shape the garment after washing, lay flat to dry, for example on a towel.

Use detergent with neutral pH and no enzymes. – Also applies to silk
Avoid bleach, alkaline substances (raises the pH value) and enzymes such as protease or amylase since some enzymes break down proteins and fat.

Polyester, underwear
First choice should be to air. Wash as needed.
- Machine wash warm
- Environmentally certified detergent
- 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.


Shell garment with membrane
- Air after wearing. If worn in salt water or dirty/sweaty, machine wash. If the garment becomes too dirty/sweaty, the ventilation deteriorates and moisture can also seep in through the dirt.
- Machine wash, 40 degrees
- There are detergents specifically for shell garments, but in general the regular brands work just well. Choose an environmentally certified detergent.
- It is possible to hang dry, but it is good to introduce some heat to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Follow the washing instructions. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron, but make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt!

Softshell
- Air after wearing. Wash the garment if it was worn in salt water or is dirty/sweaty. If the garment becomes too dirty/sweaty, the ventilation deteriorates and moisture can even seep in through the dirt.
- Machine wash, 40 degrees
- Choose an environmentally certified detergent.
- It is possible to hang dry, but it can be good to introduce some heat to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron, but make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt!


Fleece
- Machine wash, 40 degrees
- Environmentally certified detergent
- Do not dry in dryer, this exposes both the garment and the environment to unnecessary wear and tear.
- Hang dry.


Lined synthetic garments
- Air after wearing. Wash the garment if it was worn in salt water or is dirty/sweaty. If the garment becomes too dirty/sweaty, the ventilation deteriorates and moisture can also seep in through the dirt.
- Machine wash, 40 degrees
- Environmentally certified detergent
- It is possible to hang dry, but it can be good to introduce some heat to reactivate the water resistant surface of the outer fabric. Use a warming cupboard, dryer or iron, but make sure you monitor the heat so the garment does not melt!

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, that does not feel outdated and that is made from recycled/recyclable fibers, but the way you take care of your clothing as long as you are wearing them is also important for environment. One huge benefit for the environment is if we can cut back on how frequently we use our washing machines.

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”.

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!