We all want our clothes to last as long as possible: here are some laundry tips to make your clothes last longer – the ‘laundry 101’ if you will…
Laundry tips & tricks from The Fashion Police
Don’t buy dry clean only if you’re not prepared to pay for cleaning
We’ve all been there – you find something you love… but it’s dry clean only, and you know you’re not going to be willing to haul ass to the cleaners every couple of weeks, or cough up the cash for constant dry cleaning. It’ll be OK if you hand wash it, right? Or even machine wash on a low temperature? WRONG. While it’s definitely true that some clothing with “dry clean only” on the label can be carefully cleaned at home, if the item is expensive, it’s best not to risk it. Instead, find machine or hand-washable alternatives
Always read the label
Yeah, yeah, it sounds too obvious to even mention, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t bother to read the care instructions before tossing precious garments in the wash. The instructions are there for a reason, so read ’em and don’t weep.
Don’t over-wash your clothes
While some clothes (underwear, exercise clothes etc) need to be washed after every use, others don’t – especially if you’re not sweating while you wear them. How often you need to wash each item is up to you, but as a general guide, if it’s not in direct contact with your skin, it should only need to be washed when it LOOKS dirty or SMELLS dirty. One of the most effective laundry tips you’ll get is to simply wash your clothes less often: it might sound counter-intuitive, but unless you do hard, manual labour, or work in a sweaty, smelly environment, your clothes probably don’t need as much washing as you think.