If you’ve been following along with us, you probably know that fast fashion is a hugely polluting industry. Choosing ethically produced garments that are made with sustainable fabrics is a great start to combating the issue; however, this is only part of the battle.
Have you ever purchased a beautiful consciously made (and expensive) top only to nick the fabric or get a stain on it? Buying consciously is important, but it’s equally important to take care of garments we have. The better we take care of our wardrobe, the longer it will last and the fewer items that end up in the landfill.
Read on for our 5 best Free Label tips to make your clothes last longer:
Some of us smell more than others. If you tend to sweat, make sure to layer! Wear an undershirt (with short sleeves to cover your armpits) under button downs and sweaters. Avoid wearing tank tops directly under coats and jackets as these big items are more difficult to wash. This will keep your sweaters and jackets fresher longer.
2. Wash it Right
This is a biggie. How you wash your clothes defines how long your clothes will last. No matter the fabric, wash in cold water and hang to dry is always the best method. When washing, make sure to pair similar fabrics and similar colours together. For example, don’t throw a pair of wool socks in with your Johnny Tee and don’t wash your black jeans with your pale pink sweater. Zip up zippers and button up buttons to avoid snagging other garments in the wash. When drying, always hang or lay flat to dry. The less heat you use, the longer your garments will last.
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3. Wash Less
You might hear your mom’s scolding voice in the back of your head, but it’s true! The less you wash your clothes, the longer they will last. There are loads of alternatives (pardon the pun) to machine washing your garments. Stick your denim in the freezer overnight to kill bacteria, spot clean stains with a natural stain remover, use lemon juice or vodka to neutralize bad smells (and to make a fun cocktail when you’re done).
4. Store with Care
When not in use, you can store your seasonal clothing, but do it with care. Use airlock containers to store coats and seasonal shoes. Trade in a plastic suit bag for a canvas or cotton one. Avoid hanging knits as the hangers can stretch and distort the garments. These little choices can make a big difference in the lifespan of your garment.
5. Dress Mindfully
I am the first to admit that I regularly wear white on days I am doing don’t-wear-white things. Going out for Ramen? Don’t wear a white top. Having a picnic in a park? Don’t wear your white jeans. Simply choosing your outfit for the day mindfully will help keep your clothes stain-free and fresh for longer. There is nothing more frustrating than wearing brand new sneakers and then destroying them on a muddy hike while your hiking boots sit pretty at home.
Do you have any fool proof tips to keep your clothes beautiful for longer? Tell us below!