People who live in the city and don’t have the luxury to wash their clothes at home often go to laundry shops to get the job done. It’s easy, convenient, and most of all lessens the workload you have to do because they deliver all your clothes clean and folded.
However, this convenience comes with a price because sometimes, people running the laundromat can be careless with handling your clothing. So if you’re curious to know how you can maintain your clothes while using the laundromat, here are some of the tips we can give you:
Don’t wash your clothes all the time
When you wash your clothes, their lifespan decreases. The material easily gets old because detergent and other chemicals can strip away the first layer of the natural fibre follicles of the fabrics. The same goes for dry cleaning. Doing this on a regular basis for your clothes can make them look drab and old.
Before washing your clothes, let them air dry for a while especially when you haven’t used them for a long time. This is applicable for jackets, coats and other outwear you have.
Wash at low temperatures
When you’re washing your clothes, make sure you keep the temperature low to prevent tearing or thinning of fabric. For shirts, the average heat level should only be at 80%, including washing and tumble drying. This means that the machine should only be washing at 30 degrees. Clothing such as underwear, beddings and towels should be tumble dried at a lower temperature.
Read the care labels
Before washing your clothes, take time to read the care labels attached to them. It usually contains instructions that will tell you how to properly wash your clothes. For example, clothing made of wool will have an instruction that it’s only allowed to be on a gentle cycle or hand wash. Pay gentle attention to these instructions because they help you preserve your clothes longer.
Lessen dry cleaning
One of the biggest culprits to clothes’ wear and tear is dry cleaning. Doing this to your clothes on a regular basis can ruin their quality, especially for clothing with thin fabrics such as chiffon. Dry cleaning is only a good option for items such as suits, gowns and other clothing that have thick fabrics.
Use eco-laundry powders and detergents
Using commercial laundry detergents can do more harm than good to your clothes. They usually contain harmful compounds that can ruin the fabric. Switch to eco-laundry detergents that are made from plant-based ingredients. Not only does it make your clothes last longer, but it can also keep your skin safe from any irritation due to chemical reactions.
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