The laundry. We all have to do it eventually! Cleaning your clothes can be a tedious task, but you can also make it more fun and… Environmentally friendly. When you pay extra attention to your clothing pieces you ensure a better quality and a more put together look. Sustainable and stylish, just how we like it.
GO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
The best treatment is a treatment with an eco-friendly detergent. Detergents can smell nice, but can be very nasty for the environment. Detergents can make use of fossil fuels, synthetic perfume (which can cause irritation), optical brighteners and phthalates (which are endocrine disrupters). Enough reasons to choose for an eco-friendly detergent. Make sure you don’t use too little or too much of the product, but keep the guidelines from the packaging in mind.
LESS IS MORE
Another great way to keep your clothes last in quality is to wash them less often. Washing your clothes in the washing machine too often will eventually break down the fibers of your clothes faster. The quality of your pieces will fade down in a quicker pace, not giving you more time to enjoy them.
Another great way to make your clothes last longer is to wash at a lower temperature. Your clothes always have a care label that indicates the exact directions for washing. It usually also shows you the maximum temperature to wash your clothes in. The thing is this: you don’t have to wash it at that exact temperature. It is only the maximum temperature for the fabric of the garment. Eventually, the most environmental way to wash your clothes is at the lowest temperature possible. Washing at 30-40°C will usually remove all of the stains and… it also saves you some money on your monthly electricity bill! It’s truly a win-win!
DRY BY AIR
We are told a tumble dryer is an absolute essential item in our house and that it should be used immediately after removing our laundry from the washing machine. But nothing is further from the truth. The best drying method for your clothes is by air on a laundry rack. Any heavy items? Make sure to dry them flat, to prevent breakage or malformation.
There are multiple ways to take extra care of your clothes during laundry time. You can wash delicate items like bra’s, silk scarves or thin blouses in a laundry bag. Instead of machine washing, you can also wash your favorite fashion items in a simple hand wash.
Want to special treat certain items? You can simply steam your wool sweater by hanging it next to the shower curtain in your bathroom after a hot shower. You can also put items like jeans into your freezer to remove unwanted odors from often worn garments.2