We're a bit slack these days when it comes to taking care of our clothes. With all the cheap fashion around, it's not really helping with this problem. We quickly throw things on the floor and over chairs. Crumpled in a heap and trampled on, it's not surprise that things don't last "the way they did in the old days..." Well if you want to change this dirty little habit in your own life, here are our tips:
1. Start with Quality
Quality clothing will last you longer, it's worth the extra dollars and, due to the power of human psychology, you will actually look after it better because you paid more. So take your time and choose well made pieces and invest there.
2. Launder Carefully!
Look at the labels and don't over launder your clothes. It's important to know that with more sturdy fabrics and lined items you can often hang these after wearing and they will "air" enough to save you a wash. This is not only amazing for avoiding loads and loads of laundry (excuse the pun!) but it is actually better for the clothes! Same rule applies for Dry Cleaning - not only is it expensive, it's actually really hard on fabric. Dry Clean sparingly!!
3. Storage Matters!
- Fold Heavy Sweaters on a Shelf. -- Heavier garments such as wool sweaters can actually stretch out when you hang them in your closet. So fold and stack, and save that precious hanger space!
- Button Buttons and Zip Zippers -- A wayward zipper on one garment can snag or scratch the fabric on another. Make sure they’re fastened when you hang them in your closet.
- Invest in Better Hangers -- Wire and plastic hangers can stretch out the shoulders of your garments, which means they won’t lay nicely on your body. Consider investing in better hangers with wood or plush arms. These help garments keep their shape.
- Make Space -- Squishing a ton of items next to each other can result in wrinkling and fading as the fabrics are constantly mashed together. If you’re having to squish hangers and garments just to squeeze in another shirt, it may be time to look into other storage solutions.
- Be Wary of the Weather. Excess moisture and heat can encourage mold growth – even on clothes. Your closet should be cool and dry.
4. Learn Basic Repairs
This is just a practical one. I'm sure we've all left a shirt missing a button or a skirt with a loose hem sitting around for months waiting for someone to fix it. Learn how to do this yourself so you don't miss out on making the most of your favorites!
5. Beware the Iron
Ironing is a scary chore for many of us, we recommend investing in a handheld steamer for easy removal of wrinkles. BUT, if you must iron, do so with care and know the temperature you should have your iron set to before charging ahead. Many irons have different levels for various fabrics on the heat dial, but here’s a general guide:
- Linen: 445° F
- Cotton: 400° F
- Viscose/Rayon: 375° F
- Wool: 300° F
- Acrylic: 275° F
- Polyester: 300° F
- Silk: 300° F
- Acetate: 290° F
- Lycra: 275° F
- Nylon: 275° F
Also it's best to iron clothes when they're still a little damp and then leave them to cool before wearing them. If you wait until clothing is over dry it's much harder to iron. If you wear clothing right after ironing it's likely to get more creased from the wear. So do your ironing as soon after washing as possible -- leaving it too late creates problems all round!