As promised, here is yet again another list of ideas to help you extend the life of your clothing. Following these tips will help you keep your clothing looking new for as long as possible.
- Use only one-third to one-half the amount of laundry detergent recommended. (Manufacturers recommend more than necessary so that they can sell more product.)
- Don’t pack the washer with the maximum amount of clothes. (The movement of the water through fibres is the primary way clothing is cleaned; friction is secondary and detergent is additional power for stubborn issues.)
- Steam instead of ironing your clothes (steaming also freshens a garment so you may be able to postpone cleaning. Follow the instructions on your steamer and be sure to clean it regularly).
- If you must iron something, iron from the wrong side of the garment or use a press cloth (a piece of cotton or polyester-cotton broadcloth that is white. Place it between the garment and the iron).
- Treat stains immediately even if you are not going to wash the item right away. Spray the treatment on the wrong side of the fabric if you are going to let it sit.