If we are investing more into our wardrobes, we definitely want to know how to look after these pieces, ensuring they last as long as possible.
Taking care of your clothes, will not only make them last longer, but will make you look better.
C - Care Label
The care label provides instructions on how to care for your garment., as well as indicating what composition the garment is made from.
The most important thing we can do is read this label and follow the instructions.
Plus, by taking note of the composition and turning that dial accordingly, you will save your fibres from being destroyed under the heat of your iron.
A – Act Quickly to Stains
I have been known to strip off at a party before (I was wearing a slip don’t worry!) due to spilling oil on a silk dress! In saying this, it was the first time I had worn it, so there was no way I was going to let that oil mark have the last say!
I poured soda water all over it and kept it in a bucket over night…. The next day, I took it to the dry cleaner (still wet!) and begged them to try their best to get it back to me safe. They solemnly shook their head side to side, but took the dress… And voila! It’s back in my wardrobe, looking as sparkly as ever!
So note to self… Act quickly to stains… Dab ice water or soda water onto the stain immediately so it does not set and do not rub!
R - Render & Regulate
Keeping on top of your wardrobe is extremely important when taking care of your clothes.
A few tips:
Don’t over crowd – your wardrobe should be at 75% of its capacity
Clip hangers – use tissue paper between the clothes and clips to not dent fibres
Any hanging knitwear, use padded hangers – no padded hangers? Intertwine socks on the end of your hanger and voila!
Fold your clothes neatly away – don’t stuff
Do not put dirty clothes away – always clean first.
E - Environment
60% of the carbon emissions generated by a simple cotton t-shirt comes from our laundry habits!
A huge amount of that is due to using dryers and warm water.
So with this newfound knowledge, please try to hang dry and turn that dial to below 30 degrees – it cleans your clothes all the same. And only press start once the machine is at capacity.