Handle with care
Always read the care label on each garment before washing.
When it comes to most clothes, there is no need to wash them after just a couple of wears. If you feel like they need a bit of freshening up, hang them outside to air for a while or even place them in the freezer for a bit. If you live in a place where it gets below 0 C in the winter, it’s an excellent time to air your clothes outside. So before tossing it in the washing machine, ask yourself if it in fact, really is dirty.
If it is, make sure to read the instructions on the care label before washing. Use a mild, preferably eco-friendly detergent, a gentle cycle, and set the temperature to cold (up to 30 C) or warm (40 C), unless otherwise instructed. A temperature of 30 - 40 C is usually sufficient and many materials cannot even handle higher temperatures.
If the garment has a print, remember to turn it inside-out when washing it. Place delicate garments with lace or embellishments in a laundry bag, and close any zips to keep the teeth from rubbing against the garments.
Avoid using dry cleaning services. Dry cleaning uses nasty chemicals that are absorbed by your skin and pollutes the environment. If dry cleaning is your only option, look for an eco-friendly dry cleaning company.
Line drying is by far the best way to dry your clothes. It's better for your clothes and the environment. If you don't have the possibility to line dry your clothes outside it is just as easy to hang them to dry indoors. Avoid tumble drying since this can damage or shrink the fabric and uses a lot of excess energy.
Stains can be removed without putting the whole garment in the washing machine. There are stain removal products that are safer for the environment and plenty of household tricks to get rid of different types of stains. It is essential to remember that different stains behave differently and each stain should be assessed accordingly. A general rule is to tend to the stain immediately; the less time it has to soak into the fabric the better.
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