Proper garment care does not actually take more time or effort. In fact, it will help save you time and money. All it requires is a little know-how, simple tricks and we're here to help you master it.
1. Wash Less
We understand the perpetual sweaty state living in countries like Singapore, leaves us wanting to wash our clothes after each use. Quite frankly, with the exception of undergarments and socks, mostly it isn't necessary. This rings especially true for outerwear like jackets and cardigans that are rarely worn for long period of time. Instead, many garments just needs to be aired out in the sun and spot treat stains immediately.
Washing less significantly reduces tears and fading of your favourite garment. Even the denim jeans that you often wear should be spared of constant machine washing - it truly only needs a wash when they start to smell.
2. Wash Mindfully
Be mindful of the fabric of your clothes before putting them in the wash. Knowing the right way to care for each type of clothing will help in prolonging their lifespan. The care label instructions found on each piece of garment will give you advice on how best to care for your garment, making sure that they remain long-loved favourites for years to come.
Another general guideline is to turn your garment inside out to keep them looking newer longer. In this way, the wrong side of the garment takes all of the abuse and fading caused by the agitation when washing. For the same reasons, place delicates into a zippered garment mesh bag so they don't get pulled out of shape.
3. Wash at Lower Temperatures
Thanks to modern day washing machines and detergents, we no longer need to wash at boiling temperatures. Not only modern washers are designed for lower temperatures, but many detergents have enzymes that will start working at 30C (cold).
Low temperature washing not only means that your clothes will last longer, less likely to shrink, fade and ruin clothes, it can also reduce wrinkles which will save you time and cost (associated with ironing). Some stains also does not respond well with warm temperatures, such as blood or sweats can actually set into fabric in hot water.
4. Skip the dryer
Skipping the dryer maybe one of the most significant choice in reducing your carbon footprint, save costs (electricity usage) and leaving your garment in better condition and good shape longer. Tumble dry will not only increase wear and tear of the fabric, it may even cause your garment to shrink due to the high heat and tossing motion.
5. Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
Conventional laundry detergents contain synthetic surfactants, artificial dyes and fragrances which may cause allergic reactions to our skin and eyes. Switch to an environmentally friendly laundry detergent but don't use too much of it. Overdosing won't have any effect on making your clothes cleaner.
Whilst softeners helps to eliminate static and wrinkles making clothes feel softer and smell better by covering the fabric in a thin, lubricating film - they can interfere with moisture wicking and absorption properties of a garment.