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What is Lyocell? Washing and care guide

Lyocell is a great fabric but it can be tricky to look after, so read our lyocell care guide here.


Lyocell what is it , how to wash and care guide

Check the care labels of your clothes, and chances are you’re going to see ‘lyocell’ pop up a few times. It’s not used quite as frequently as materials like polyester or cotton, but its popularity is certainly on the rise. So, what is lyocell, and how do you care for it properly?

Washing lyocell can be tricky as it’s a very delicate fabric, but if you read the lyocell care label instructions and use an effective, yet gentle detergent like Persil Non-Bio, your lyocell item will be well taken care of.

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What is lyocell fabric?

Lyocell fabric is a form of rayon and is made from environmentally-sustainable materials, making it eco-friendly. The ‘closed-loop’ process that’s used to make it even works to recover and decompose all the emissions or solvents used in production, so it’s a great fabric for the environmentally-conscious. It’s also great for sensitive skin, has anti-bacterial properties and is incredibly durable!


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What is lyocell made from?

When it comes to the question ‘what is lyocell made from’ we’ve got everything you need to know. The main product used to make it is wood pulp, which is sourced from sustainable tree farms to maintain that eco-friendly status. It is then processed using man-made solvents and products, which is why it’s both a natural and artificial fabric.

Washing lyocell: a complete guide

You have to be cautious with lyocell care to ensure you don’t ruin the fabric. It’s very delicate and can be damaged easily, which is why dry cleaning or hand washing are usually the best options. If you’re worried about washing lyocell, always be sure to check the care label of your garment. This should let you know if yours should be dry-cleaned, hand-washed or if it can go in the machine. It’ll also give you instructions for ironing and drying, which is very useful.

  • When hand washing lyocell, choose a gentle yet effective detergent such as Persil Non-Bio, and add it to a bowl of cool water. Avoid using hot water as this risks shrinking the fabric, which you definitely don’t want! You should then leave it to soak for around half an hour before rinsing and hanging out to naturally dry.
  • If you need to use a machine when washing lyocell, be sure to pick the gentle or hand wash setting and keep the temperature low. Then, air dry the item naturally as you would’ve done after handwashing.
  • If you need to iron your lyocell fabric, always choose a low heat setting. Never turn it all the way up or you’ll just end up burning your clothing. It’s also a good idea to use a mesh bag when washing lyocell.

Now you know a bit more about lyocell care, you can wear your lyocell garments without worrying about how to get them clean again. It’s actually quite simple!    

  • Hand-wash lyocell in cold water with a quality detergent like Persil Non-Bio. Leave the garment to soak for 30 minutes, rinse thoroughly and let it air dry.
  • Use the delicate cold setting on the washing machine if machine-washing lyocell, and use a mesh bag.
  • Iron on a low setting if necessary; the best way is to let the garment dry flat or on a hanger to avoid it wrinkling.
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