Label alertThe worst shedding culprit is polyester fleece, but nylon and polyester fabric are also high shedders. Microfibres are lost into the environment during the production process as well as by washing and wearing. Choose clothes made from as near to 100% natural items as possible.
Wash your clothes lessEspecially items made from synthetic fabrics. Only put them in the wash when they’re dirty. If you’re wearing a top for a few hours or a fleece for a few days, they probably don’t need a wash… just hang them up to air.
Swap from washing powder to liquidPowders are abrasive and therefore loosen more microfibres compared to a gentler liquid detergent. Use a fabric softener.
Wash at 30High temperatures can damage clothes resulting in more microfibre shedding.
Wash a full loadOnly wash when the machine is full as less friction between the clothes will result in fewer fibres being shed.
Tumble dry lessConstant tumbling can make clothes more fragile and loosen fibres that will then shed in the next wash.
Buy a ball or bagCora balls, guppy bags and other ‘in machine’ solutions are available – trawl the internet for ideas and reviews. There is evidence that some work, whilst for others there’s no real evidence yet – so it’s worth doing your research before you buy.