Caring for your Clothes: 10 helpful tips

We all have that family member that has a tried-and-true tip for absolutely everything from housekeeping to parenting. But when it comes to caring for your clothes, some of these tips are useful while others… not so much! The truth is, not all fabrics are created equal. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips to effectively take care of your items so they last.

  1. Silk should be hand washed in cool or lukewarm water and pressed while damp. The iron should be on a very low setting, and be sure to avoid steam as it can leave water marks.
  2. Jeans should not be washed often! Denim conforms to our bodies and washing them loses the shape. Instead, zap odours by hanging your jeans in the bathroom before you have a hot shower to allow the damp steam to keep them fresh between washes, or place them in a plastic bag and freeze them for 48 hours.
  3. Cashmere is best washed by hand in cool water using baby shampoo instead of regular detergent to help protect it from harsh chemicals that can break it down and affect its softness.
  4. To keep cotton towels and robes soft and fluffy, use half the normal amount of detergent and run them through an extra rinse cycle to get rid of detergent residue.
  5. Leather stretches easily so when caring for a leather jacket, it is best to hang it on a well-shaped hanger as often as possible rather than on a hook.
  6. Polyester traps stain easily! Spray the area with stain remover and let it sit for up to 20 minutes (rather than the usual 5 minutes) before laundering.
  7. Avoid washing machines when cleaning your bathing costumes. Rather, swish in cool water in a sink for a few minutes with a tablespoon of detergent and then rinse.
  8. If your down coats or blankets are soiled more than usual, stop the washing machine cycle half way through to let it sit in the water for an hour to soak before continuing on with the cycle.
  9. After each workout, shake 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda into each takkie to soak up excess moisture and odour.
  10. After washing a wool coat, lay flat to try as hanging on a hanger can cause the garment to lose its shape.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find these items close to home.

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