How to Care for Clothes: Washing Clothes, as most of my readers know is not one of my favorite pastimes. Things in the how to care for clothes department for me have improved a great deal over the last three years, however prior to having my washing clothes routines, which incidentally is a daily task, my laundry habits were quite appalling. “Appalling most of all for me, because I was the one who would let it all build up until I had miles and miles of washing to do, followed by a never ending amount of folding and then the hopeless task of trying to squeeze it all into space that resembled trying to squish an elephant into a suit case. Or one of those mini minor cars that you see at the circus pull up and clown after clown hop out of this tiny little car, that someone managed to fit 50 clowns or more into. That’s how it would be trying to fit all the clean washed laundry back into the cupboards and drawers, just like, trying to fit all those clowns back into the mini once they’ve hopped out.
How to Care for Clothes:
these are posts that include everything on every step of a laundry routine, when to do laundry, how to do laundry, review of washing machines, comparisons of out door drying vs using a dryer, organizing your laundry, organizing your wardrobe, and how and when to go about doing every aspect of laundry.
Daily laundry housekeeping tasks routines and habits
- on building a morning routine check out this post on creating a morning routine and this free printable on daily cleaning routines for when you only have 15 minutes.
For a post on deciding which way to dry your clothes;
- Using a clothes line instead of a dryer, for kinder results to your clothes. (Always make sure to read the clothes care symbols, on your clothing labels.)
Perhaps your due for a new washing machine?
- Check out this post where we review washing machines and where we decide upon the debate of which is better a front loader washing machine or top loading washing machine.
Or It Could be Organizing your Laundry Room
- That will help you to get your daily, or weekly laundry routine to become an easy to manage habit. Here’s a post on organizing your laundry room.
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Finally if you have too many clothes or need help organizing your wardrobe
- This post on sorting your clothes and arranging your wardrobe, may be the one your needing the most help with. This post will also help you save time in your daily clothes selection.
I’d now like to introduce you all to Alexandra James. Alexandra is a lifestyle blogger, with plenty of experience in how to care for clothes. I’ll hand over to her now, she has 11 tips for you on taking better care of your clothes, which will prolong the life of them.
Save a fortune on fashion with our top tips for taking better care of your clothes.
1. Washing Clothes Smarter
Hard to believe (yes, gents), but not all clothes can be washed at 40°C. Read the care label carefully and your clothes really will last longer. But with dirty clothes, that’s not the end of it. Firstly, if it’s not too dirty, consider not washing! Unless you can see (or smell) dirt, avoid washing clothes after every wear. Check your washing machine, as many now come with a quick ‘refresh’ wash, ideal for work shirts.
When it actually comes to washing, remember to close any zips before washing as the exposed teeth can snag on delicate fabrics. You should also turn dark clothes inside out and wash at the coolest possible temperature to help maintain the colour for longer.
3. Say no to tumble dryers
After the wash, don’t rely on tumble dryers – heat has a nasty habit of shrinking favourite sweaters and leaving delicate fabrics misshapen. You should never iron any dirty clothes, as heat can set a stain permanently.
4. Use “rinse hold”
If you can’t empty the washing machine immediately after the cycle has finished creases will set into clothes, making them harder to iron. Instead use the “rinse hold” setting so you can be at home for the final spin cycle, or stick it on timer if the machine has one.
5. Iron earlier
Ironing is infinitely easier when clothes are still damp. Spraying dry clothes with water can help, but the best solution is to invest in a good quality steam iron. The latest designs boast hi-tech controls and even cordless operation, while high pressure steam generators produce continuous steam for you and will cut your ironing time considerably.
For delicate fabrics such as silk and nylon, iron inside-out to avoid accidental burns or shiny patches.
6. Clever storage
Go to your wardrobe and throw out all your wire hangers, if you want a quick way of improving the condition of your clothes long-term. Thin wire puts unnecessary stress on fabrics and leaves hard-to-iron creases. Invest in a good selection of hangers for trousers/skirts, outdoor coats, and shirts, and avoid overloading them.
7. Fold, don’t hang
For some clothes, it’s better to ditch hangers completely. Fold knitwear and sweaters instead of hanging to avoid unnecessary stretching. And when stowing your winter/summer wardrobes, make sure clothes are clean and packed away in a breathable container – ideally lined with tissue paper or wrapped in an old sheet. Avoid using sealed containers or plastic bags and keep them out of direct sunlight.
8. Remove moisture
You can also save the little sachets of silica gel often packaged with new shoes and electronic items. This super absorbent substance can help reduce the moisture content in your wardrobe or linen cupboard.
9. Take care with stains
If you’ve got to these care tips too late, all is not lost. Avoid the temptation to rub fresh stains, you’ll just aggravate the fibres and help the blotch set firm. Instead, blot with a lint free cloth or towel and avoid tissues as they’ll make even more mess. With a bit of work, most everyday stains – from beer to beetroot – can be beaten.
Rub a little shampoo onto stubborn shirt collar stains before washing – use an old toothbrush to really penetrate the fabric. The shampoo is designed to tackle body grease and can work better than your laundry detergent.
10. Keep your sweaters looking like new
Pilling is unavoidable no matter how much you spend on a sweater, but as a rule the softer the fabric the more likely it will bobble. Your dry cleaner should de-pill for you as part of the service; alternatively an inexpensive Sweater Comb or Pumice stone can be very effective.
Lastly, a look at your feet. A trip to the cobblers, new soles and a proper polish will extend the life of a good pair of shoes for years.
Written by Alexandra James, a lifestyle blogger with 3 children. She lives in Oxford, UK.
If you have any questions for Alexandra, please feel free to use the comments below.
I’m interested in whether anyone has any special care for clothes tips to add to Alexandras?
Weight loss Challenge starts Monday 15th July
Don’t forget our weight loss challenge starts on Monday and I hope some of you guys are going to get motivated and come and join me on my journey to losing 25kg before the end of the year. It will be a diet that I promise you’ll both enjoy, and wont feel hungry on. I’ve been studying all the latest information on weight loss, and I have found an awesome plan, to follow to do the job.
You actually get one free day, you don’t need to count calories, because a calorie is not a calorie, and I have awesome proof for you on that coming up, with a documentary from Dr Lustig of California University, Pediatrics, who has the very latest information from both himself and his colleagues work and also the leading biologist in the field of nutrition and healthy weight loss.
A new healthy eating routine will continue on once we have lost the weight, and I am so looking forward to feeling like my old self again, and especially fitting into my proper clothes/wardrobe again.
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