Hemp Products You Can Use at Home
by SSF | Last Updated Dec. 8th, 2012
Hemp is a durable fiber that differs from conventional cotton because it is drought tolerant, grows fast, and sustainable. In addition, it does not require pesticides or fertilizers during the growing process. Because of its versatility and durability, many consider hemp a super fiber. However, the United States has a ban on growing hemp.
Products constructed of hemp fabric endure frequent wear and tear. The items made from hemp are durable and last years longer than other natural or organic fabrics. Hemp products maintain their shapes, which outperform items made of other fabrics. Reusable grocery bags are a good example of durability because they haul heavy items and maintain their shapes even after repeated use over several years.
Items made of hemp fibers get softer with more use and do not wear out. Other features are hemp’s natural resistance to mold and ultraviolet light. When used in cosmetics, it offers users long-lasting hydration and natural healing for dry skin.
With so many qualities, it is no surprise that hemp is perfect for home products such as towels. Left in the machine after washing, damp towels will mildew because they lack natural antibacterial characteristics. Under the same condition, hemp towels stay mildew free because of the natural resistance to mold. Hemp is a sustainable alternative to other fibers such as cotton and perfect for producing useful and durable items for home use.
Imagine sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases getting softer when used regularly. Usually, when sheets and pillowcases are broken in, they are at the end of their lifespan and ready for second lives as cleaning cloths. However, hemp sheets and other bed accessories become softer, and remain durable for years to come.
Unfortunately, damp towels begin to mildew when stored in a linen closet. With hectic schedules and lifestyles, forgotten towels left in the washer will require a repeated wash cycle. Rewashing a load is inconvenient and means more detergent, water, and energy, which wastes money. Hemp towels, washcloths, and bath mats are perfect for use in moist areas such as bathrooms.
Bathrobes and Accessories
Whether it is a bathrobe or other accessory, it will resist mildew because the fabric is hemp that has natural antibacterial properties. Over time, a bathrobe breaks in and feels softer with more wear. Quality bathrobes are expensive, but the ones made of hemp are worth the money.
Napkins and Place Mats
Durable hemp napkins and place mats are an elegant and sustainable way to dress up any table. They lend an air of sophistication to the place settings when ironed.
Combining hemp fiber and flax linen creates kitchen products that naturally resist mold and bacteria. With these two natural properties and quick drying, dishcloths and scrubbing cloths do not smell sour when left wet. A good percentage ratio for kitchen items is 55 percent hemp fiber and 45 percent flax linen
Although most hemp items produced have no added dyes or colors, consumers should confirm that the dye used is from plant sources. Caustic sodas, chlorine bleach, and dyes containing other toxic chemicals pollute waterways and cause imbalances in the ecosystem. Be aware that colors vary from each dye lot, so buy a complete set of items in the same order.
Although hemp fibers are strong, do not dry at high temperatures. For the best results, wash in a front loading machine and hang to dry. However, if it is practical to use a dryer, set it on a low temperature and remove before completely dried. In addition to the above instructions, do not use fabric softeners, bleach, or harsh detergents, and to remove wrinkles, use an iron on the highest setting.
Before purchasing, ask if the company selling the hemp products has control over the manufacturing process. If not, find out about the labor force producing the items and the plant’s location. It is always a good practice to find out the hemp’s country of origin. In order to make an informed purchase, it is your right to have these questions answered, and if the company does not offer full disclosure in its advertisement or refuses to answer these questions, do not hesitate to shop elsewhere.
Rebecca Brown is an avid blogger for NQ Mobile, keeping people protected when using their mobile devices.