Why is it important to use a special detergent for garments made of fine materials?
When washing wool, silk or any fine blend, you do need a detergent especially made for these fibers. A detergent where the active ingredients are an efficient blend of surfactants, not enzymes. Enzymes are particularly made to break down and dissolve dirt consisting of protein (organic stains, food, sweat, make up etc.). However, fabrics made of wool and silk fibers consist of protein only, and consequently, an enzyme-based detergent will destroy your garments after approximately two washes.
Is the detergent environmentally friendly?
Steamery Delicate Laundry Detergent contains nothing but natural ingredients. The palm oil used is certified and not rainforest harvested. All our laundry detergents are produced in Denmark
What is Lanolin and what makes it ideal for washing delicate materials?
Lanolin is a “wool fat acid” that is extracted from sheep wool and it has very impressive features. With the right amount (= 1%), the Lanolin oil lubricates the “living” fibers in fine materials like silk and cashmere and protects them from drying out. Applying the Lanolin also makes the fibers withstand dirt and water during future usage. This means that after using Steamery Delicate Laundry Detergent a woolen sweater or a silk dress will actually repel water and dirt.
Can I use Steamery Detergents in HE Washing Machines?
No, you should not use our detergents for HE Machines.
HE stands for High Efficiency, and the high-efficiency washing machines are made to reduce the amount of water and energy used for each load of laundry. They are usually more extensive and fit more laundry than regular washing machines. Therefore, you might also need a bit more detergent than washing in a traditional machine.
These machines require detergents that are effective even at a smaller amount of water. There are special detergents made to suit these washing machines, and regular detergents should not be used since they create too many suds in low water levels.
If you have a high-efficiency washing machine, the recommendation is to use HE detergents and those compatible with the devices and less water. You should not use regular detergent in HE-Washing machines. Our detergents are developed for standard washing machines (and handwashing, of course), and therefore we cannot recommend using these if you have a HE-Washer.