Superwash vs. Hand Wash

For our crafty fans, there is often a lively debate between advocates of superwash vs. hand wash yarns, and Laura Parkinson’s recent article in the July issue of Knitting Magazine has inspired us to revisit the topic on today’s blog post. Her article offers a balanced list of pros and cons to take into consideration before your next trip to the LYS – and of course, we also appreciate the Eucalan mention!


Yarny politics aside, there is plenty of room for both in the wonderful world of yarn crafts, and Eucalan is actually an ideal way to care for both! Proponents of hand wash only yarns cite the natural, unprocessed (or less processed) nature of the fibres as a big plus, and we couldn’t agree more – a lofty wool or a rustic blend of natural fibres can be quite delightful. However, folks who are pressed for time might appreciate the machine washable fibres available on the market, from superwash wools (which have been chemically treated to have the barbs removed to avoid felting) to synthetic fibres such as acrylics and tencel – and even some natural fibres which can be machine washed and dried such as linen and qiviut. Wash and wear can be equally satisfying!

Wool yarn in coils with knitting needles in wicker basket on light blue background

No matter where you land on the spectrum, using a specially formulated wash such as Eucalan will keep your finished project looking its best for years to come. Here’s how to protect your investment:

500l_lavenderHand Wash:
Our no-rinse formula will save time and water while also reducing the chances of accidental felting while washing. Choose Lavender or Eucalyptus for the added benefit of repelling moths naturally.

  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 wring.
  6. Follow drying instructions located here.

Machine Wash:
All five of our natural scents are enriched with lanolin to naturally condition fibres, keeping static away and softening your garment with each wash. Our biodegradable and eco-friendly formula can be used in washing machines – even those marked HE!
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 located here.

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 located here.

*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)

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