10 ways to keep your clothes looking smart and new

In an effort to keep with our New Years resolution of buying less, we bring you 10 tips on how to keep your current wardrobe favorites last longer and look as new as the day you bought them.

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  1. Read the care labels. Not all fabrics are created equal. Each fabric, in its own cut and and cloor needs to be cared for so always make a habit of reading the care labels sewn into each garment. Generally care labels state if an item needs to be hand washed and let air dry or if it’s safe to wash in a washing machine; if so it may require being washed on a specific cycle such as gentle or delicate.
  2. Wash on a gentle cycle.  A lot of the wear and tear that happens to our clothes isn’t when we actually have them on but when we wash them. Washing them on a gentle cycle helps keep our clothing in the right shape and keeping the quality of the fibres intact.
  3. Use a mesh laundry bag. For washers without a gentle cycle, we can put them in a mesh bag before it goes in the washing machine. These mesh bags are the same kind of bags used for more delicate items like lingerie pieces. I can guarantee that your clothes will last a whole lot longer when washed inside these bags.
  4. Wash them in cold water. Clothing labels provide a temperature guide that the item can tolerate. But consider washing all your garments in cold water and disregard that temperature label. Warm and hot water breaks down fibres, which can cause fading and cold water prevents colors from bleeding. For the best results, choose a laundry soap that is made to work well with cold water washes.
  5. Choose the right detergent. Most of us know by now that detergents have harmful chemicals in them. They also strip the dyes and make colours in our clothing fade a lot faster. Choose a gentler detergent that are also eco friendly like Ecos Laundry Liquid products. Baking soda and vinegar also make great detergent and fabric conditioner alternatives.
  6.  Air dry. If its possible to skip the spin cycle, do so and definitely skip the dryer. Like washing in hot water, the heat damages fabric over time.  Electric dryers cause shrinkage, color fading, and weaken the material fibres.  Instead, line dry clothing outside, or indoors on a drying rack.  You can also hang garments on plastic hangers in your shower or on a tension rod in an alcove.
  7. Rotate those outfits. Have a simple rotation scheme in your closet so you don’t end up wearing the same item as soon as its washed.
  8. Wooden over wire hangers. Wire hangers tend to change the shape of clothing around the shoulder area. Buy good quality wooden hangers to keep your clothing in excellent shape.
  9. Treat stains right away. Spot treat stains with cold water and a damp cloth immediately. This keeps the fabric from absorbing any more of the stain.
  10. Wash sparingly. Clothes don’t need to go into the laundry bin every time you use them, especially if they were only worn for a few hours. Try to hang them out to be air dried instead.

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