1. Wash less if you can
Think twice before washing your clothes. “Washing garments too often can actually cause damage to the fibres and hence decrease the lifespan, and is also better for the environment. Hand washing is always the best way but is time consuming.
2. Wash at low temperatures
When the time does come to do a clothes wash, wash at lower temperatures. “Wash clothes at a low temperature with a gentle and natural laundry detergent to keep the fabric clean and soft, and also to prevent colour fading
3. Pay attention to care labels
Different materials need different approaches to laundering. Wool, for instance, should only be washed when absolutely needed, using a specific wool detergent on a gentle cycle or handwash.
4. Cut down on dry cleaning
Avoid buying a garment that says dry clean only on the label thanks to the extra effort involved in cleaning the item, but actually most delicate items labelled as ‘dry clean only’ can be washed on gentle, lower temperature cycles (unless the item has details that might become damaged in the washing machine)
5. Use eco-laundry powders and detergents
Standard detergents can contain fossil fuel-based substances, which can have negative effects on the environment as they don’t biodegrade. “Using specialist laundry products like our range of eco-washes and a delicate hand wash can also go a long way to making your most treasured items last longer.
6. Wash inside out
“An extra handy tip is to wash clothes inside out when machine washing, and to avoid overfilling, as this can cause friction and damage the fibres
7. Air drying clothes
There’s nothing like that freshly laundered, air dried smell when you get your clean clothes in from the washing line. And not only does it smell great, air drying is also better for your clothes and the planet compared to tumble drying, which uses a lot of energy to run and can also damage certain fibres.
8. Store clothing properly
“Correct storage can really prolong the lifespan of a garment,” says Chris. “Store all clothes in a cool and dry space to protect them from damp, sunlight, and heat, which can all cause damage. Make sure clothes are clean before storage, as dirt and surface debris can attract clothes moths, which will damage your clothes. Try storing your knitwear with lavender or moth balls for added protection against clothes moths. It’s important to not overfill your wardrobe, as clothes need breathing space – this will also prevent wrinkling and colour loss from clothes rubbing together.”
9. Repair damaged clothing
“Repair any damage to a garment when you first notice it
10. Alter to fit or refresh the style
“Many women no longer wear their favourite item because it no longer fits them, or because they no longer like the style, A simple alteration like taking in at the waist or shortening a full-length dress into mid or short length can give you what feels like a fresh new outfit, and also keep your old favourites updated with the latest style.