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The Ultimate Guide to Sustainably Take Care of Your Clothes

Clothes play an important role in enhancing your personality, so it is essential to pay attention to save them for a longer time. Dry woolen clothes, while washing white clothes separately.

You must often have noticed that sometimes your old clothes look new, and sometimes even your new clothes look so old. It happens because people do not know how to maintain your clothes accurately.

You can easily keep all your clothes as new for days to come without any problem if you just know these essential tips about taking care of your clothes. 

10 Tips to Take Care of Cotton Clothes

Cotton fabric is a product of plant fibers and is one of the most common materials used. Cotton finds application in bed linen, table cloths, baby clothing, and shirts and tops for adults. Weaving cotton fibers can give rise to very light clothing that lets the skin breathe. Cotton is inexpensive and durable, but you need to deal with it with care for it to last a long time.

All cotton fabrics are washable. But, you should check the care labels before washing your cotton clothing. Often, cotton clothes have details like buttons and interfacings that you cannot wash. If you are new to doing laundry, you need to check the tags to see if the clothing is dry cleaning only. 

1. Find and Pretreat Any Stains And Choose Your Detergent and Fabric Softener 

If the cloth gets stained, you should treat them with a stain remover before putting them in the washing machine. The duration depends on the freshness of the stain. To check if the garment retains its colour, apply stain removal product from the inside before using it on the rest of the clothing.

High-performance detergents remove heavy-duty stains, body odor, as well as body soil. In case your clothes are very dirty, any you can wash it with any detergent or soap.

You may also use a fabric softener to make your clothes soft. It makes them lighter and more comfortable and scented. This step is but not compulsory. 

2. Check the Water Temperature 

You can wash most of your cotton clothing in warm or cold water to give satisfactory results. But, you must wash your undergarments using hot water to remove bacteria. It is advisable to wash bed linen, bath towels, and kitchen towels also in hot water.

Hot water can often cause cotton clothes to shrink. You can prevent them from shrinking by washing them at a suitable temperature.

3. Choose the Wash Cycle

Choosing the appropriate wash cycle is essential in maintaining your garments. You can wash cotton clothing in the normal cycle. In case the garment is lacy or has embellishments, you should choose the gentle cycle.

4. Select the Drying Time

Cotton clothes often shrink and get wrinkled if left in the dryer for too long. Select the ‘permanent press’ setting on the dryer for cotton clothes. Using a lower temperature may also prevent wrinkling and shrinkage.

Remember to take proper care while drying the clothes. It keeps them in their shape and looks new for a long time. You can wash cotton and linen clothes by hand and put them to dry in the shade, whereas woven or woolen garments should be dried flat. Hanging these clothes may damage their shape near the neckline. Also, take special care when keeping clothes in the cupboard. Be it saree, lehenga, scarf or blouse, save these clothes in a white cotton cover.

After taking the clothes out from the dryer, hang them to dry to prevent further wrinkling. Hang them in your house or outside. After you follow the steps as mentioned above, iron the cotton clothes, and be ready to use them. 

5. Treating Stains on Cotton Clothing

To remove the stains, we advise you to apply the stain remover as soon as you spot the stain, and then wash it after some time. 

6. How to Restore Dull and Dingy Cotton Clothing 

Using chlorine bleach without diluting it can cause the fabric to tear and result in holes. Hence, it is advisable to wash cotton clothes with only diluted bleach. 

A better alternative to chlorine is oxygen. For the best results, you have to let the fabric soak for an hour. 

Turning your clothes inside out and washing them in cold water will allow them to retain their colour. 

7. Ironing Cotton Fabric 

Certain cotton fabrics may get wrinkled after drying, and their hems may roll-up. You need to iron these garments. It is best to iron these cloths in the opposite direction and at medium-high heat. To ensure that your clothes don’t get burned, you must use a pressing cloth between the garment layers. Be careful not to use excessive heat because very high temperatures can cause the fabric to get scorched or burnt. 

To lend a crisp finish to your clothes, spray them with starch whilst ironing them. You may also use liquid starch to stiffen your shirts. Deal with wrinkles using a steamer. It will not only make the cloth stiff but will also get rid of the wrinkles.

8. Storing Cotton Clothing

Cotton is a significant solid texture and can handle everyday wear. Make sure you do not wash it every day, particularly denim, to keep up its shape, shading, and quality.

9. Repairs

Cotton clothing may tear or lose their embellishments. In that case, you can repair them at your home using a basic sewing kit. Take the complicated repairs to tailors.

10. Dry Cleaning Cotton Clothing

If you have dark cotton pants, slacks, or jackets that you need to shield from fading, dry cleaning is the right choice. An expert cleaner knows how to deal with the texture appropriately. Or on the other hand, you can utilize a home cleaning pack to refresh dim shaded cotton and ensure the retention of colour. 

10 Tips to Take Care of Designer Clothes 

We spend a lot of our hard-earned cash to buy a designer to wear cloth or costly garments. Dealing with those garments is as significant as displaying them. 

Indeed, even costly, top-notch, designer attire will self-destruct whenever dismissed or mishandled. Here are some useful tips on the most proficient method to deal with your garments.

 The following steps show how to care for designer clothes. 

1. Linen Care

Here are some simple steps to care for linen properly:

• Soap will work the best in soft water – because hard water makes the textures grimy and stable.

• If you have a stain on the cloth, ensure you get to it straight away to abstain from having a difficult stain.

• Whether you’re hand or machine washing clothes, ensure that you flush the clothes totally to expel the cleanser, cleanser, and build up.

2. Silk Care

  • Use a gentle cleanser or a cleanser that is for silk items.
  • Soak the silk in some lukewarm water for around three minutes. If the silk you have is dull or printed, you shouldn’t allow it to splash – basically, wash it in chilly water.
  •  Wrap the silk in a dry towel and expel the staying fluid, and afterward iron it while still marginally damp with an extremely delicate iron.

3. Leather Care

  • If your leather outfit gets wet, you have to let it dry gradually. The demonstration of speed drying cowhide is going to change its compound structure and make it hardened. A room temperature circumstance will be significantly better for your cowhide.
  • If your leather dries out, rub some moisture into it. Leather dressings or creams are incredible as they re-introduce the moisture it needs.
  • If your leather items get grimy, you can utilize a moist material to tidy it up.
  • Leather is going to loosen up, however, it won’t come back to its graceful earlier structure. Make sure that you don’t over-stuff wallets and handbags.

Some general tips regarding the upkeep of designer clothes:

1. Read the label on your clothes:

Here is one crucial trick which many people employ to ensure better maintenance of your designer clothes. Checking the article of clothing labels is a simple method to make sense of what you should or shouldn’t do.

Follow the instructions written on the label.

2. Wash your clothes by hand

Specific garments tend to last longer when hand-washed periodically. You must invest quality time in learning how to hand wash clothes to preserve them properly.

Also, wash the clothes as per the fabrics used. Make the woolen and silk clothes dry clean and press them to the right temperature. Always mix two tablespoons of conditioner in the water while washing woolen clothes. It will not only give them a pleasant fragrance but will also retain color and their softness.

Every cloth has its specialty. Therefore it should maintain its nature. Silk dresses lose their shine quickly and begin to look old. To avoid this, after washing them with detergent, mix a quarter cup of vinegar in a bucket of water and immerse it in it for 10-15 minutes before washing it with normal water.

3. Treat Your Stains Immediately

Never let a stain sit. At the earliest opportunity, wet stains with plain water.  

4. Soak the garment if stained

By soaking, we mean dunking the fabric into the water and let it sit for some time. Soak the stained garments before washing them

5. Choose the right place to dry clean your clothes

It is of paramount importance to dry clean our clothes in the right place and play safe when handling pristine and delicate clothing items.

6. Use special techniques to dry clean Indian clothes. 

Indian clothes that have a lot of intricate thread work. It also has a lot of detailing and embellishments. Hence, you need to dry clean the Indian wear with special techniques. To dry-clean, you need to cover the ornamentation with a net.

7. Opt for steam ironing

Using a steam iron is the best way to avoid iron marks, lines, and creases, especially on delicate fabrics such as silk jerseys.

8. Store woolen garments in airtight bags

.Before washing woolen clothes, carefully read the instructions on its label. If written on woolen cloth- `Dry clean only,’ you must never clean the cloth at home. Before washing woolen clothes, clean it thoroughly with a soft brush and reverse it while washing.

Use specialized detergents made for woolen clothes instead of ordinary detergents or soaps, as wool detergents become harder than regular detergents. You can also use baby shampoos or regular shampoos for woolen garments.

Forget to wash woolen clothes every day. If you want to increase woolen clothes’ life, you need to wash them, only then wash them. Woolen clothes become hygienic even after every use by spreading them in the air. Do not forget to brush the woolen cloth with a soft brush after use. 

Woolen garments, cashmere, or silk knits must be dry cleaned first. Then store them in a transparent airtight plastic container or bags.

9. Store in plastic or fabric covers

Clothes that have embroidery tend to get damaged or blackened over time. Choose plastic or fabric covers to store them, which is an effective way to keep dust, moisture, and insects away. Cover the metallic fabrics in soft butter paper or tissue paper.

10. Store expensive clothes appropriately

Store the expensive and luxury clothing in a clean, dry, and dark environment. It ensures protection from UV damage, colour fading, insect infestation, and bacterial growth.

What will happen if you do not take care of your clothes

1. Clothes start to get smelly 

The human body sheds 500 skin cells and 1 liter of sweat each day, ooze skin oils. Secrete sweat onto our clothes. The bacteria living on your skin live by feasting on your sweat and skin oils. They break down the proteins into smelly by-products. Outfits such as underwear, tight shirts come into close contact with unpleasant scents. Smells such as armpit sweat, period mishaps, etc. are present in the cloth. If any bacteria are present, it will decay, the clothes, and get smelly faster. 

2. Body acne

 Your body oils accumulate on the clothes, making them slimy if not washed for long. When you wear these unwashed clothes, your body re-absorbs the excess oils causing body acne. The dirt and bacteria get transferred into the body hair follicle, causing it to clog and get infected. On getting infected, one could experience body acne, pimples, and zits on the chest or shoulders where the clothes rub against the skin.

3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

If germs are present on clothes for a very long time, you could get a bacterial infection. You can treat such infections with antibiotics.

4. Yeast Infection

Workout clothes absorb sweat all the time. It serves as a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, leading to yeast infection. Restricting, synthetic clothing harbor the worst bacteria that multiplies quickly. 

5. Clothes worn by different people could be a storehouse of invisible dirt

If you like sharing clothes with friends, be alert about cleanliness. A related laboratory test threw up disturbing results. Diseases like respiratory secretions, skin flora, fecal flora, vaginal organisms, yeast, and a very high count of germs were present on clothes. It happened because of the formation of clothing chains, both high-end and low-end.

6. Some stains set in for good

Stains tend to set in if you don’t wash the clothes after you spill something on it. If you spill coffee, wine, or guacamole on your clothes, you need to wash the area immediately. Wash it as soon as possible to avoid a permanent stain. 

7. Rashes and itchy skin get aggravated

Rashes get aggravated by dirty clothes rubbing against the skin. It happens mostly due to the oils and dander that get trapped in the fabric.

Conclusion

There is a school of thought that advocates the consequences of not washing clothes regularly. They argue that it strips the clothes of their shine and degenerates the fabric. But, if you do your laundry after regular intervals, your clothes will be in good shape. Also, it will help you to keep health hazards at bay. 

You need to wash certain clothes after every use. In contrast, you can wash other garments such as jeans, even after some time. It is appropriate to wear clean, fresh-smelling clothes in professional set-ups when interacting with people in general and for individual hygiene.

Edited & Published By Team WomenXO