Lyocell fabric is a form of rayon, made from plant-based and environmentally-sustainable materials, making it generally a more eco-friendly choice than synthetic fabrics like polyester. 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!
It's a man-made fabric, but it is still plant-based — so what is lyocell made of? The main product used to make it is wood pulp (usually eucalyptus wood) which is sourced from tree farms.
How to wash lyocell fabric?
Hand wash lyocell items whenever possible
Choose a gentle washing detergent and swirl it into a bowl of cool water, rinse with fresh water.
If you're using a machine cycle, keep it gentle
If you need to use a machine wash for your lyocell, washing on the gentle or hand wash setting and keeping the temperature low will help to prevent machine damage.
After washing, hang your lyocell items up to air dry.
Hang them up to dry in the sun instead to protect the fabric.
Does lyocell shrink?
When washed gently, you can expect lyocell to shrink around 3% in the first wash and then resist shrinking from there on. However, lyocell does shrink more drastically when it is exposed to high temperatures during washing or drying.
Turn your iron down to the lowest heat
We'll say it again: lyocell is sensitive to heat! 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.