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.