How to Wash Your Kigurumi Onesie

Kigurumi onesies offer a perfect blend of style and comfort. Sure, you can wear your sweatpants, but they are not as comfortable. Not to mention that they don’t look nearly as good as a onesie, either. Wearing a Kigurumi onesie in your home will bring a smile to your face every time you pass a mirror.

In the beginning, Kigurumi onesies were a symbol of a rebellion against the norm in Japan, as well as a symbol of one’s love for cute things. However, when they came to the States, they exploded. Some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood declare themselves as onesie lovers. Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Die Antwoord, and even Meghan Trainor all love their onesies and wear them all the time.

But, having a Kigurumi onesie doesn’t only involve looking super cute in your outfit. Sometimes, you also have to wash it. However, there are some things you should be aware of before you try washing and drying your Kigurumi onesie.

How to Wash Your Kigurumi Onesie?

If this is the first time you are washing your onesie, you should use the gentlest settings your machine offers. Make sure you use cold water and pretty much any detergent for your laundry. Using hot water instead can kill the “fluff” of your onesie, destroy the details, and even cause the dye to bleed. However, once you wash it for the first time, you can use different settings if you want. So, in essence, for future washes, you can use the color setting and warm water. Softeners won’t hurt the onesie, but you don’t have to use them if you don’t like them. You can use non-chlorine bleach that is safe for colors. But, never even try using chlorine bleach on your onesie – it will not turn out the way you want it to.

How to Dry Your Kigurumi Onesie?

The best way to dry your onesie would be to hang it out to dry. However, that takes a while. In fact, it might even take more than a full day of drying. So, if you can’t wait that long (or you are just feeling lazy), you can use your dryer too. As with the washing, make sure you use the gentlest setting you have. Usually, that is the “fluff air” or “air dry” setting on the dryer. You want to dry it by using room-temperature air because hot air could cause shrinkage. If you find your onesie to collect too much static, you can use dryer sheets too. You can also use dryer sheets after the drying process to rub down the onesie and remove the static. And lastly, don’t ever use an iron on your Kigurumi onesie. Instead, if you want to prevent wrinkles, just lay the onesie out flat.

What About Pilling?

One thing you might notice after several washes is that your Kigurumi might have a bit of pilling on it. If that is something you can’t stand, you can pick up a fabric shaver to remove it. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and very effective. And, of course, you can use them on other clothes as well.