Washing Instructions

ScratchSleeves are machine washable

  • Use a 40°C cycle
  • Use non-biological washing powder, as the mittens include 100% silk fabric which can be degraded by biological detergents
  • If your washing machine tends to tangle clothes during the wash cycle, we suggest putting your ScratchSleeves in a laundry bag or pillow case to minimise stretching. This is particularly important in North America where the washing machine drums are much larger. 
  • Turn your ScratchSleeves inside out before washing
  • Please note that as ScratchSleeves products are made from 100% cotton we do expect around 4% shrinkage in the first few washes. This is factored into our sizing.

They can also be tumble dried and ironed, but please avoid stain removers as they are often based on a biological formula which degrades the fabrics.

To check your detergent is suitable for use with silk

  • Anything marked “safe for wool” is fine
  • Enzymes to look out for and avoid are: protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase and mannanase

We recommend avoiding the use of eco washing balls such as Ecoegg. Although they are often recommended for use when dealing with allergies, they increase the alkalinity of the water which denatures the silk.