Taking care of our clothes

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Marie Chaissac - Las faldas de Gaston in Barcelona
Gaston in barcelona - soin vetements

One of the values ​​of slow fashion is to take care of our clothes, in order to make them durable. There are several ways to take care of it through the washing but also know how to repair or remove stains. Today, I reveal some tricks to keep your favorite outfits as long as possible.


Washing

Before washing our clothes, it is always important to take a look at the labeland read the composition. Some fabrics are difficult to wash, because they do not support the heat or the centrifuge. This is the case for example of silk.

For fabrics that go into the machine, choose the washing option at 30º. The heating of water has an environmental impact and the higher the temperature, the more energy you will need. At 30º, your laundry will be washed perfectly. Keep the temperatures at 60 or 90º for the linen. In addition, you should know that very hot water tends to deteriorate the fibers of the fabric.

Opt for ecological detergents, with Marseille soap or washing nuts. These will prevent the release of chemicals into the water. With regard to the frequency of washing, we had already discussed in a previous article on the ethical closet, jeans for example can be washes only 2 to 3 times a year. You can air them outside, but a machine wash is not necessary.

T-shirts and shirts, which are more subject to perspiration of our body, must be washed with each use. This is not the case of skirts, shorts, pants that can hold 2 to 4 uses.

Drying

It is recommended to dry your clothes outside. In fact, just like the washing machine, the dryer uses energy to function and can degrade the fibers of clothes in the long term or if you use it at a high degree. clothing.

The sun whitens the white clothes of natural fibers. The sun’s ultraviolet rays directly destroy the molecules responsible for the greyness of the white.

However this rule only works for natural fibers, synthetic fibers tend to turn yellow in the sun.

Whiter

In time, our white clothes tend to turn to yellow, to get stains or to become greyish. It can be old age, high sweating or other. It is quite normal.

There are however some techniques to revive the white of our clothes, in particular the percarbonate of sodium. The advantage is that it is not toxic to the environment. You can use it in several ways:

  • When you wash your shite clothes, add one to two tablespoons in the drum of the washing machine. Be careful, however, the percarbonate only works at 40º.
  • As a stain remover, in this case you can make a homemade spray: 30g of percarbonate per 1L of water. You can spray the mixture on the stubborn stains of your clothes, but also the sweat stains on your mattress. Leave on for a few minutes and then rub with a clean cloth soaked in water. The effect is magic!

Mending

It’s time to take out your seamstress survival kit: scissors, thread and a needle. Do not worry, it’s less complicated than it seems.

Go to your wardrobe, put aside the clothes you no longer wear just because there is a missing button, a small hole or other. Sit in front of a serie and start mending. I assure you that makes the work less painful! And it works for socks too!

@all: other tips to your knowledge to take care of your clothes?

Comment prendre soin de nos vêtements

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