The fabric used to make your New Twist Kit is made from 100% cotton yarns. This fabric has a lot of stretch without synthetic elastic. The stretch comes from how it is woven (in technical fabric terms, it is a knit). The fabric can be machine washed on cold, gentle cycle and line dried. Turn your fabric inside out and shake off all filling materials before washing. Important: Place your long tubes in a mesh laundry bag made for washing delicate items to prevent your tubes from getting twisted up during the wash cycle.
Our double knit fabric (all pillow inserts and cases) are made from organic 100% cotton fabric and come pre-washed. These cases and inserts can be washed in cold or warm water, on a regular wash setting. Tumble dry low or line dry.
Important: Make sure you empty your hulls before washing into a separate bin or bag. If you have a double pocket case empty one side at a time to avoid mixing your hulls.
Before washing, turn your insert inside out and shake it out - outdoors is easiest. Brush off any hulls clinging to the inside of your case. Buckwheat hulls can leave a tea like mark on your insert if they get wet so make sure to get them all. A few millets hulls can go through the wash without issue
Forever Sponge Kit Care - Nothing lasts forever but with the proper care your kitchen sponge should last a VERY long time. Your sponge gets hand washed with every use. After each use give it a little extra attention to remove any food particles left on the surface and ring out any excess water. Provide a place for your sponge to dry when not in use (polished rocks in a dish work well or order the teak tray add-on ).
Never leave your sponge in the sink or sittling in water. Use your nose and smell your sponge, it should always have a fresh wool + hemp smell. If you are worried about moths, you can add lavender essential oils to your dish soap!
If you ever feel your sponge is starting to smell musty, simply soak it overnight in a cup filled with water and a tablespoon of vinegar, rinse it in the morning and the vinegar smell will dissipate soon.
Most important, teach your family / housemates to care for the Forever Sponge.
Another way to clean your sponge is with the sun! Take your hemp fiber out of the case, give it a good rinse and let everything dry out in the sun. Eventually (4-6 months) you may want to replace the hemp filling to restore your sponge to new. See Forever Sponge product page to purchase additional hemp filling.
Shrinkage is normal as the wool case will felt down with use. Each will have different shrinkage rates as the sponges are made from upcyled wool pieces that are all different. Never microwave your forever sponge.
Leave your teak sponge tray untreated. Oiling or coating your tray is unnecessary and will shorten it's usable life. Teak will change color with use from light to dark teak and eventually will start to take on a gray tone just like we all do!
Our (discontinued) canvas and organic muslin fabrics are also 100% cotton and we recommend to spot clean or dry clean only as they will shrink if washed.