Icebreaker Care Guide

Care Guide

Icebreaker garments are designed to be easy for you to care for. We recommend that you wash your Icebreaker garments on a normal warm or cool machine wash cycle with regular powder or liquid detergent. Wool detergent is also suitable providing it does not contain softeners and that a ‘normal’ wash cycle is used (rather than delicate) to ensure full rinse out of detergent. Don’t use fabric softener or bleach. Separate lights and darks as usual. Also, do not expose any Icebreaker garment to heat and do not tumble dry. Line dry or lie flat in the shade.

NOTE: After your first 2-3 uses, we recommend that you wash the garment separately to diminish the appearance of any short fibers from the fabric.

Complete instructions for best results:

  • Wash like colors together (e.g separate lights and darks)
  • Wash prints inside out
  • Close all zippers
  • Use warm or cool machine wash on a normal cycle (avoid a hot wash, this contributes to shrinkage)
  • Use regular powder, liquid, or wool detergent (provided it does not contain softeners and that a normal wash cycle is used rather than delicate to ensure the full rinse out of the detergent)
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener under any circumstances (your Icebreaker couldn’t be any softer)
  • Wash occasionally with denim (e.g. jeans with the zipper closed) or other coarse fabrics to remove any loose fibers
  • Do not iron prints or labels
  • Line dry garments – do not tumble dry (except socks, see below)

For Icebreaker Black Sheep knitwear, Coastal & Pureplus garments:

  • Dry clean only

For Icebreaker Socks:

  • Only socks: Tumble dry on a low heat, inside out

Other Care Tips

Pilling: How to prevent it and how to treat it

Pilling is a natural process that is inherent in merino fabric due to the fact that merino is a staple fiber. Generally if pilling occurs, it’s because the shorter fibers are working their way to the surface of the fabric.

The best way to avoid pilling is to wash a new Icebreaker within 3 wears. To alleviate the pilling, we suggest that you wash the garment with a coarser fabric such as denim jeans (ensure all zippers are closed). The fabric will improve over time as the shorter fibers are removed.

Garments and odor:

Merino fibers have the characteristic of drawing moisture away from the body and either absorbing or releasing this moisture, which eliminates clamminess and ensures that the garments remain odor-free. The fibers work this way in our garments the same as they do in the sheep that supply our Merino.

We strongly recommend that our customers only wash their garments on a normal cool or warm wash cycle with regular washing powder. Hand washing can enable a residual build up of perspiration which could contribute to an odor problem.