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Linen can be dry-cleaned or hand-washed in cold water with mild detergent. First, it is important to understand the instructions on the label of linen clothing. Pure linen can be washed in the washing machine, but other ... More »

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Cotton comes from cotton plants, and linen comes from flax plants. Both are popular materials found in clothing and domestic textiles, although the considerable differences between them make each fiber better suited for ... More »

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Linen made of natural fibers usually shrinks between 4 and 10 percent when washed for the first time. If the linen is washed or dried at high temperatures, the amount of shrinkage may exceed 10 percent. More »

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