Get More Life Out Of Your Clothes

  • Launder less frequently if at all possible – washing and drying clothes frequently shortens their lifespan due to the heat and the friction involved in washing. Try wearing clothes multiple times between launderings.
  • Use a non-biological powder which is kinder to fabrics – and to your skin. Avoid fabric conditioner – they are usually full of chemicals. Always check the label for washing instructions.
  • Wash clothes on a cooler cycle in the washing machine – perhaps 30° – kinder to your clothes and saves energy too!
  • Line dry your clothes as opposed to putting them in the tumble dryer.
  • Always turn dark clothes inside out when machine washing and this will preserve the colour longer.
  • Zip up any garments as the teeth of the zip can cause damage to fabrics in the washing machine. The same applies to Velcro fasteners.
  • Check garments frequently for wear and tear – i.e. hems, buttons etc., and repair anything that’s needed.
  • Never put anything back into the wardrobe after wearing without checking for stains or any signs of wear and tear.
  • If you are wearing suits regularly, consider having them pressed as opposed to dry cleaned unless they really need it.
  • Storing your clothes in an organised way will ensure that you get the most life out of your wardrobe. Invest in good hangers, particularly for suits and jackets. Store non-hanging items flat and folded – this avoids the crumpled look or having to iron before wearing.
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