Fleece fabrics are predominantly made from polyester and are usually outwear because of its water-repellent qualities.
- Fleece items are generally safe to wash in the washing machine.
- When laundering fleece items, wash items inside-out on the gentle cycle using the cold or warm wash and rinse.
- Use only mild powdered detergents (such as Dreft or Ivory Snow) as all-purpose liquid detergents may cause the item to lose its water-resistance (a primary quality of fleece, and the reason it is so suitable for outerwear).
- Fleece may also be hand washed, again using a mild powdered detergent.
- If you place your fleece item in the dryer (rather than hanging to air dry), set the dryer at its lowest setting and remove promptly when the cycle is done.
Additional Tips and Advice
- NEVER use fabric softeners or bleach (regular or color-safe) on fleece items as both chemicals will reduce the water-resistance of the fabric.
- NEVER iron fleece. Direct contact with even a warm iron may leave a permanent mark on the item.
- Fleece is very sensitive to heat and will pill if exposed to a hot water wash or hot dryer.
- If you need to whiten your fleece item, hang it in the sun for a couple hours.
- Another option for whitening fleece is to add some borax to the wash water. Only do this on an as-needed basis, not every wash.
- Complete Household Handbook by Good Housekeeping
- Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic by Joey Green