While building a sustainable wardrobe can take you one step closer to living an eco-friendly lifestyle, it does not stop there. Taking extra care of your clothes by mending them and using the right washing techniques can help make them last longer thus lowering your carbon footprint as well.
By implementing such beneficial practices, you can save money, preserve the clothes you love for a longer duration as well as refrain from throwing them away sooner than expected. Here are our tips and tricks that you can use for years to come.
Use Cold Water
Most clothes and especially delicate fabrics wash well in cold water. Sometimes, hot water can shrink, fade, or wrinkle your clothes. In addition to this, using cold water can lower your energy consumption and electricity bills as well.
Avoid The Dryer
As much as possible, try drying your clothes naturally. The heat from the dryer not only damages the fibres in the fabric but consumes a lot of electricity. Dry your white fabrics in direct sunlight while dry coloured clothes in the shade to avoid letting the colours fade.
Segregate Your Fabrics
It is advisable to not only wash similar colours together but also similar textures and fabrics together. Putting a delicate dress along with your distressed jeans into the washing machine may lead to it getting damaged due to friction caused by zips and buttons.
Air-dry Between Washes
While most of us put our garments in the laundry basket after every wear, it is recommended to try air-drying them whenever possible. For example, washing your jeans each time you wear it may keep it clean but leads to a short life span. It destroys the fabric, colours and original shape. Air dry clothing like skirts, pants, sweaters, jackets etc for 24 hours gets rid of any odour that may be present, thus making it ready to wear again.
Mild Cleaning Agents
To avoid any damage to the fabric or colours, make sure you don’t use harsh detergents. Instead, invest in chemical-free mild detergents and household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. These are amazing at getting rid of those tough stains. Baking soda acts as a bleaching agent while vinegar can be used to soften fabrics and an ideal stain remover.
Storage Is Key
While you take certain precautions while washing your clothes, don’t forget that storing them well is equally important. Certain clothes like jackets, blazers and shirts can be put on a hanger but avoid hanging garments like sweaters and stretchable fabrics. They might lose their original shape.
Learn About Mending Garments
Learning more about sewing and mending techniques will help prevent yourself from tossing your clothes out. A missing button, a broken zipper or a minor tear can all be fixed with a simple sewing kit.