Caring For Your Clothes
CARING FOR YOUR CLOTHES
THE GOLDEN RULES
- Wash your clothes far less often than you think!
- Wash in cool water, up to 30 degrees is enough.
- Hand wash where possible.
- Use a delicates bag in the washing machine.
- In between washes, air out a garment after wearing by hanging outdoors or indoors.
- AVOID the tumble dryer – the heat can damage fibres, cause shrinkage and weaken any elastic in your clothes.
- Use lavender bags & infused drawer liners to keep clothes moths away.
- Invest in a clothes steamer to keep clothes fresh for longer.
Contrary to popular belief, we should all be using COLD water to remove stains from our clothing!
Hot water helps dirt to soak deep into the textile fibres, making stain removal a nightmare. The only time to use warm water is on an oil-based stain.
Step by Step:
- Rinse the stain under the tap as soon as possible after it occurs.
- Spot treat the stain with a delicates laundry detergent like Ecover or Woolite.
- Scrubbing stains can damage the surface of the fabric. When a fabric becomes wet, the fibres swell and push out dirt & grime all on their own.
- Avoid using a commercial stain remover on delicates like silk and lace.
- VINEGAR might become your new best friend. If a stain is persistent, try soaking in distilled white malt vinegar for 15 mins and rinsing again.
- If a garment says ‘DRY CLEAN ONLY’ don’t risk trying to remove any stains at home. Take it to the dry cleaners as soon as possible.
HAND WASHING YOUR CLOTHES
Step by Step:
- Firstly, treat any stains on the garment.
- Prepare a basin, bath or sink of lukewarm water from the tap.
- Gently swirl the garment for a few minutes in the water with a gentle, delicates detergent such as Ecover or Woolite.
- Leave to soak if it has a persistent stain, checking every 15-20 mins.
- Drain the water and refill without detergent, then rinse the garment out thoroughly.
- Drain and refill again. Rinse garment a second time to remove all soap residue.
- Roll your hand washed garment in a towel after washing to remove all excess water.
- Air dry on a line or clothes horse.
- Do not hang knitwear, stretchy or jersey fabrics to dry – keep them as flat as possible on top of a dry towel on a clothes horse.