Did you know landfills are dumped with garments because of fast fashion? People consume more clothes than ever because the fast fashion industry offers cheap clothes but low-quality. So, how can we make an eco-conscious move? By keeping clothes last longer.
There are several laundry tips you have to know to keep your clothes long-lasting. Get into these tips and make them into a habit.
Buy high-quality clothes.
It is better to buy expensive and high-quality clothes than cheaper ones, but they can only last for a year. You will more value these pieces because you see them as an investment rather than disposable.
Zip any buttons.
Zippers or other sharp materials on your clothes will snag other fabrics. Zip the buttons to prevent wear and tear. You do not want your clothes hooked on each other.
Read the wash labels.
Even a laundry expert reads the care labels on the clothes. Do not disregard what the label says; if it says dry clean or hand wash only, do as it says. Ask an expert if your clothes do not have a wash label, especially those from thrift shops or hand-me-downs.
Always sort laundry.
It is important to sort your laundry. Have more than one hamper to keep your clothes sorted. Sorting laundry correctly avoids any laundry mistakes. You do not want your delicate clothes to shrink in the dryer, right?
Wash less often.
Some clothes do not need to be washed often. Just like your pair of jeans, you can wear them thrice or more, as long as it does not smell and is not visibly dirty. Think about what the clothes go through every time you wash them; they tumble in the washer, and their color and elasticity are most likely to be affected. It is best to wait for your laundry to pile up before you send them for laundry pickup.
Avoid dry cleaning when possible.
It is quite tempting to bring your delicate clothes to the laundry service for dry cleaning. But, there is a huge expense when dry cleaning your clothes. The process involves the use of harsh chemicals that harms your clothes and the environment.
Only use the right amount of detergent.
Some of us believe that using more detergent can make your clothes cleaner. However, a large amount of detergent only produces dull and stiff clothes. Excessive use of detergent only results in soap sud residues, making the clothes foul-smelling. Only use the right amount of laundry detergent.
Pre-treat stains as soon as possible.
Stains are stubborn to remove when they settle into the fabrics. Pre-treat them as soon as possible before throwing them into the washer. If the stain is still visible after pre-treating and washing, do not place them in the dryer. Instead, wash them again. Do not use chlorine bleach as it may damage your clothes.
Keeping your clothes long-lasting is enough to help the environment. Do these laundry tips to avoid damaging your clothes.