Wash, dry, iron, wear, repeat. It’s a good system. So if it works, why change it?
While this process results in clean, presentable clothes, there are lots of little known ways to wash, store and wear your garments so they last even longer.
If you want to learn how to take care of your clothes so they last, read on for top tips from the experts.
How to wash cotton clothes
From bed sheets and towels to t-shirts and underwear, cotton is everywhere. Comfortable, breathable and durable, cotton loves our skin – so here’s how to love it back and how to take care of cotton clothes.
1. First off, how to wash cotton clothes? Sorting the laundry is a vital step. Wash similar colours together to prevent colour bleeding, and ruining any favourite items.
2. Hot water can shrink or fade cotton fabrics, so keep the heat setting relatively low (30°C is fine). Wash heavier fabrics or darker materials in cold water to preserve colour. Towels and sheets should be washed in hot water to eliminate germs and bacteria.
3. Use a low spin cycle and a delicate wash setting for finely woven cottons and linens. Alternatively, pop delicates in a mesh bag with the rest of your laundry load.
4. Finally, how to take care of cotton clothes when drying them? The heat from tumble dryers can shrink cotton, so always stick to air drying when possible.
How to take care of woollen clothes
Wool tends to shrink and lose its shape easily. In order to preserve its natural qualities, woollen clothes require some good old fashioned TLC. Here’s how to take care of woollen clothes:
1. Some woollen clothes might only be hand washable. Use a gentle hand washing detergent like Skip for delicates. If the label does recommend machine washing, select a short, gentle setting.
2. To dry woollen garments, lay them horizontally on a towel rack and place outside in the shade. Hanging them vertically can cause loss of shape over time.
3. The same goes for storage, especially heavy sweaters. Fold woollen garments on a shelf rather than using hangers.
4. Lay a thin cloth over woollen clothes when ironing and be as gentle as possible.
Clothes are bound to fade, wear out and change shape eventually – but careful laundering, drying and storage can get extra months or even years out of each piece.