Taking good care of your clothes can save you a lot of money. Buying high-quality basics sometimes is a huge investment, but we also want our cheaper, trendy pieces to last long. Everything comes back again in the fashion world and that terrible shirt might be the it-piece next season! That’s why I listed 19 tips and tricks to help you get the most of your garments:
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1.) Turn Jeans inside out to prevent the colour from fading.
2.) Classic denim (with 100% cotton) usually takes many wears to break in. It is best to wash these garments as rarely as possible.
3.) I like to put my stretch jeans in the dryer at a low temperature to shrink them to their original size. Apart from that I don’t recommend doing that often because the heat puts a lot of stress on the fibres.
4.) Did you know that wool fibres are extremely similar to our hair structure? That’s why your most delicate pieces are best washed by hand with mild shampoo. If you decide to clean them in the machine, make sure to wash them with the wool program and cut the amount of rotations to a minimum.
5.) Lay woollen pieces flat while drying to prevent them from stretching and loosing their shape.
6.) Friction, heat and moisture cause the fibres to felt. So be careful when hand-washing them!
7.) Just like wool, wrinkles can be removed by hanging your pieces in the shower.
8.) Silk is photosensitive. Sunlight causes the fibre to break and the colour might change.
9.) Avoid: Perfume and deodorant stains since they might discolour the fabric.
10.) Sweat erodes the fabric so I rinse my silk pieces with water immediately after every wear.
Suits, jackets and coats:
11.) Must be dry cleaned! High-end jackets are constructed using many interfacings to give them the perfect shape. Every one of those layers reacts differently to hot water which will result in the suit losing it’s shape and some parts might even shrink.
12.) Some manufacturers make sure that their pants can be washed by hand. I would not recommend doing that unless it is clearly stated on the label.
13.) Put outerwear on a well-shaped wooden hanger and remember: the first thing to do when travelling is unpacking your suitcase and putting your suit in the bathroom.
14.) I wash my garments in the washing machine at 30° but designer pieces and delicate lingerie are best washed by hand.
15.) Do not tumble dry lace at all costs! It causes the elastic fibres to break and unravel from the fabric resulting in a weird, ‘hairy’ look.
16.) I like to add disinfecting detergent from time to time. I am using this one which is even suited for wool!
17.) Care for your striped pullovers by washing them at very low temperatures. Disinfecting detergent helps get rid of smells.
18.) Adding dye catchers helps with keeping dark colors from bleeding into the lighter parts.
19.) Dos and Don’ts:
Here are a few simple hacks that apply to every type of clothing:
- use a suitable detergent for woollen and silk pieces
- Use a good deodorant and armpit pads. I usually buy these.
- If you have an older washing machine you should put your clothes in mesh bags. It is better to be safe than sorry!
- And remember: When in doubt, dry clean!
- Cleaning delicate garments at a high temperature.
- Washing differently coloured fabrics at the same time (don’t act as if you had never felt tempted to do so!).
I know doing one’s laundry can be quite overwhelming at times but following these instructions really pays off.
Did you already know some of these tricks? And are there any other materials you’d like me to cover in future posts? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!