- Wash only if necessary. Laundry involves energy,water and chemicals.
- Cool wash at 30 ºC for lightly soiled clothes.
- Turn clothes inside out.
- Separate your colours.
- Read the care label on clothes and understand what the care symbols mean.
- For delicates use a laundry bag and wash on a hand wash programme.
- Remove any items from pockets to prevent damage to clothes and to your washing machine.
- For synthetic clothing invest in a guppybag to capture microplastic fibres. Try to avoid buying any form of synthetic clothing such as Polyester or Nylon for future purchases.
- Use a mild detergent.
- Clean your washing machine filter on a regular basis.
- Air Dry clothes either on a clothes dryer inside or on a line outside. Tumble dryers are energy intensive.
LEARN TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CLOTHES
Learn how to look do basic repairs to your clothes such as repairing a hole, sewing on a button or taking up a hem. You can always do what Italians do and ask your mum! Learning how to look after your clothes is an important step to preventing unnecessary amounts of clothes going to landfill or being incinerated.
Learn the difference between synthetic and natural fibres. The guide on The Spruce is very informative. Avoid wherever possible man made synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Invest in a lint remover to help keep your clothes looking in great condition. They are inexpensive and can make a huge difference to your clothes and wool blankets by removing lint and bobbles. Test an inconspicuous area first but they generally work well on most fibres.
Air your clothes outside to help remove any odours such as ones from strong food.
Use a steamer on a low heat setting to freshen up clothes without resorting to washing them.
Try to treat a stain immediately to prevent it setting. TIME is everything when its comes to stains and whether your favourite sweater is ruined forever.
Use cold water, NEVER HOT WATER to remove the source of the stain. Try and rinse as much of it out as possible.
Natural bile soap is very effective at removing tough greasy stains.
Salt is very effective for removing blood stains.
For white items especially, if a stain is still visible hang the item in the sun and the power of the sun will help the stain fade.