It’s not just death and taxes that are inevitable. You can’t get away without doing the laundry either.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps says “With all the cheap, disposable clothing out there, doing the laundry sometimes seems like a waste of time, but taking care of them sets good habits for when you buy more expensive clothes.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for doing the laundry:
- Learn the labels: Nowadays, clothing care labels are more or less internationally agreed; it doesn’t matter whey your clothes come from, the symbols mean the same. Memorise the basics, or download an app that explains them.
- Learn fabric care: Different kinds of fabric need different kinds of care. For example, you can handwash silk, though drycleaning preserves the glossy finish better. You can machine wash some wools, but their synthetic linings could shrink.
- Only buy what you’re prepared to care for: If you’re not prepared to spend time handwashing, don’t buy clothes that require it. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on dry cleaning, don’t buy dryclean only. If you don’t want to iron, look for crease free.
- Separate your colours: Fabric dyes can leach out in the wash. To keep your colours crisp and fresh, don’t mix them. Wash dark colours with dark, and light with light. Consider buying colour catchers to add to your wash to draw up excess dyes.
- Treat stains as early as possible: Learn how to deal with stains so you can treat them as soon as they happen. For example, run clean fresh water through the back of coffee, tea or blood stains, salt for red wine, or dishwashing liquid for tomato sauces. Wash your clothes as soon as possible after.
These five tips will help doing the laundry, with a minimum of drama and confusion.
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