Handwashing is not required.
Basic instructions: a regular wash cycle with any non-bleach detergent and a low to medium heat dryer will do the job just fine. Our socks will not shrink and hand washing and/or line drying is not necessary.
Finer points (optional steps that will enhance and protect performance and appearance):
- Choosing to use fabric softener is fine and will not cause any harm to the socks, however for maximum absorbency we recommend against fabric softener as that creates a fine wax-y barrier over all of the fibers. In fact, a quarter cup of white vinegar added to the wash cycle can help remove all traces of detergent and really prime the fibers for maximum absorbency.
- High heat for extended periods (ie a long, hot dryer cycle or a "sanitizing" wash setting) is not recommended as it can harm the natural fibers, causing a stiffening and thickening also known as "felting"--this specifically applies to the merino wool.
- You can reduce pilling (the little fiber balls that sometimes accumulate during washer/dryer cycles) by washing and drying the socks inside out.
- The only hard and fast rule is never use bleach.
By following these basic recommendations, you can look forward to comfortable, durable use for a long time to come.
EUROSOCK CARE: Turn inside out, machine wash warm, tumble dry cool, do not bleach, iron or dry clean.
Angelika's Tip - Use a washing bag to help protect socks from fiber pulls. It also makes it easy to sort your socks after washing.
How to wash your compression socks using a Sockology wash bag
Here is a quick video on how to care for your compression socks using a Sockology wash bag.Posted by Sockology Inc. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016