It is laundry time, but have you prepared for it? Blogs across the Internet talk about buying clothing and accessories all the time, but how many cover taking care of the items you searched for and purchased with military precision? Not many including my blog talk very much about taking care of clothes.
Before we get into the specifics lets talk about laundry skill levels. I have discovered in my time on this Earth there are some people who are cleaning generals while others are not even signed up for duty.
Regardless as to your level of laundry skill there are some tried and true techniques you can use to take care of your favorite clothes and keep them looking good for many seasons. Quick Note: When you launder and item properly that will tell you the quality of the item. If the color fades or it unravels you got what you paid for.
Laundry Tips and Tricks
- To ensure the items is clean wash any suspect items before you wear them for the first time
- Hand wash your bras. If you wash them in the machine use the delicate cycle, but do not put them in the dryer
- Always follow the label instructions for the best laundry results
- When in doubt was your garments in cold water
- A garment bag should be a part of your arsenal for delicates
Bonus Tip: When washing new items with lots of color wash them separately from the rest of your laundry to prevent the color from bleeding into the rest of your clothes.
- Use a free and clear detergent with unscented fabric softener
- If you have between 8-12 bras it will reduce the amount of washing you have to do
- Treat stains immediately
- Washing smaller loads of no more than 20 items will increase detergent cleaning factor by double
- Line drying your items will ensure they hold their color and shape longer
Bonus Bonus Tip: When washing colors for the first time add 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar to your regular wash cycle
These simple laundry tips can keep all of your precious wardrobe favorites looking good for a long time. On another note about vinegar, because of the acidity of white distilled vinegar it is strong enough to dissolve the soaps and detergents, but is mild enough so it does not harm fabrics. Additionally, distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, performs just like fabric softener and fights static cling, and finally attacks mold and mildew. In other words it’s a cheap booster to your detergent and will work with any stain remover you use to ensure your laundry comes out clean and fresh.
Bonus Bonus Bonus Tip: Wash any items you purchase internationally before you wear them. Not all countries have the same safety and cleanliness standards so washing your garments before hand will prevent issues.