Caring for your icebreaker merino

icebreaker garments are designed to be easy for you to care for.

How to wash

Use a normal warm or cool machine wash cycle with regular powder or liquid detergent. Separate light and darks as usual. Don’t use softeners or bleach.

How to dry

With the exception of socks, hang your garment to dry on the line. You can tumble dry your socks, turned inside out, and on a low heat.

How to store

Always clean your garments before storing – this helps prevent odours, stains and build-up of dirt. For best results, store folded rather than hung.

Please read the care instructions on your garment for detailed instructions.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use fabric softener?

Don’t use softeners or bleach. We recommend that you wash your icebreaker garments following the specific care instructions on the garments label or in the products care section onsite using regular powder or liquid detergent unless the garment is dry clean only. Separate light and darks as usual.

Can I put my icebreaker in the dryer?

You can put your socks in the tumble dryer turned inside out, and on a low heat, for other garments refer to the specific care instructions on the garments label. 

Can I dry clean my merino?

Some icebreaker merino garments are suitable for dry cleaning. Please check the garments label to see if your garment can be dry cleaned. 

Can I iron my merino?

Merino bounces back into shape easily after washing, so you may find that you don’t need to iron your merino at all. Refer to the specific care instructions on the garments label for drying instructions. 

Other care tips

Pilling: How to prevent it and how to treat it

The best way to avoid pilling is to wash your new icebreaker garment within three wears. Pilling is a natural process that can occur when shorter fibres are working their way to the surface of the fabric.

Garments and odour

The natural ability of merino fibres to absorb and release moisture helps to keep your icebreaker odour-free. 

The fibres work this way in our garments the same as they do in the sheep that supply our merino. We strongly recommend that you only wash your garments using the specific care instructions on the garments label. Hand washing can enable a residual build-up of perspiration which could contribute to an odour problem.