How I Care for my Clothing
If you want to get the most out of your clothing then it’s important to care for them. I try my best to keep my clothes in good shape so that I can get a lot of use out of each piece without it looking really worn quickly. I thought I would share by basic tips and what I personally do to care for my clothing. These are really simple things to do and add to your own personal care routine.
When I was younger I NEVER separated my laundry. Like, never. I’d wash blacks with whites, and maybe even throw a towel in there. Now I look back and literally roll my eyes.
It’s so important to separate your wash loads by colour ( or even material ) if you want your clothing to stay fresh and crisp looking. Whites should only be washed with other whites in order to keep them bright and white, darks should stay together to keep the richness of the colour and avoid fading, and all other colours should stay together as well. This does require more work, and you might have to wait a little bit longer to fill your laundry basket with the proper colours, but your clothing will thank you in the end.
Hang to Dry
I try to hang things straight out of the wash as much as possible. I have some ikea clothing racks in my room with empty hangers ready and waiting for items fresh from the wash. If you can avoid drying your clothing all the time then they will last longer ( saving energy is an added bonus ).
Don’t Wash if You Don’t Need To
Try to avoid washing your clothing too often. My general rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t smell, and there are no stains then I can wear it again without washing.
Hang Fabrics that Wrinkle
Fabrics that tend to wrinkle easily I like to hang up in my closet, and things that don’t wrinkle easily I like to fold. Try to avoid over crowding your closet so that your clothing can hang freely as well.
Fold Heavier Items
If an item is heavier then I like to fold it. Hanging heavier items can lead the the fabric to stretch out.
Use a Steamer
I don’t iron my clothing ( mainly because I don’t own an iron ), but I like to steam my items instead. I feel like steaming is more gently on the clothing than an iron, and it does a great job for getting all the wrinkles out.