A sustainable wardrobe is more than just buying items that are sustainably produced or renting (out) items. It also means taking good care of the clothes you already own to increase their lifespan. In today’s blog, I will teach you how to take care of your wardrobe.
When taken care of properly, leather can last for years. However, intense use of your leather products can weaken or damage the collagen in the leather, and even cause irreparable cracks. It’s therefore important to use a good leather product to restore your product and keep it in pristine condition. I’m a fan of Rapide Leather Creme. The grease soaks into the pores of the leather and keeps it supple. Rub in the creme with a clean sponge or cloth. Let it soak in for a while and polish if necessary. If you prefer your leather to look more polished, use once every three months. If you’re going for a more natural worn and torn look, once every six months is sufficient.
Wet leather items should be air-dried. Remove the excess water by blotting (don’t rub!) with a clean cloth. Don’t use a heat source to speed up the drying process. If you’re drying a bag, fill up the inside with newspapers to help the bag hold its shape and to absorb moisture from the inside.
Rapide Leather Crème black
Wool is a little self-cleaning, and doesn’t have to be washed often. When machine washing, use wool detergent and make sure to use a wool program with cold temperatures (<30C). When hand washing, don’t leave the wool soaking in the water, avoid shrinkage by avoiding sudden temperature changes, and don’t wring the clothing. To preserve shape, lay down your woolen items on a towel and let them air-dry. Don’t hang your woolen items, instead, fold them to make sure it holds its shape.
The same goes for cashmere items.
Silk is very delicate and needs to be treated as such. It can either be machine or hand washed, as long as the water temperature doesn’t exceed 30C. Use a silk or wool detergent. Don’t wring your silk items, and hang them out to dry.
Your workout clothes have a lot to endure. Cleaning them the right way will increase their lifespan and will prevent stains and permanent nasty smells, caused by bacteria.
Wash your clothes as soon as possible after wearing them. Turn them inside out, wash on cold temperatures (30C) or use a sportswear program if your machine has one. Don’t use too much detergent, as soap remainders can cause funny smells. Avoid fabric softener, as it retains smells and may damage the elastic in your clothes.
Didn’t have the time to wash your sportswear right away and now the smell won’t come off? Soak them in a cold water bath with vinegar for about 20 minutes. Most of the dirt will have come off by then. The remainder of the dirt will be washed away in the machine and your clothes are as good as new!
When you’ve finally found the perfect jeans, you want to keep them looking as new for as long as possible. To make that happen, wash your jeans as little as possible.
There are several ways to keep your jeans fresh without machine washing them:
1. Hang them out to air for half a day;
2. Put a pillow case or plastic bag around the jeans and put it in the freezer. The freezing cold kills off most bacteria and removes smells;
3. Got stains or nasty smells? Hand wash your jeans in cold water with mild detergent. Pay special attention to the stain and the crotch area, but don’t rub to hard as to prevent color fading. Let them dry laying down to help the jeans hold its shape. You’re good to go for a few more wears!
Pro tip: add vinegar whenever you wash your black jeans, to retain the color as long as possible.
Washing lingerie is tricky business. To keep your delicate underwear in pristine condition, avoid the washing machine and only (hand) wash your bra’s. Wear your bra’s 5-7 times before washing them, but rotate! Don’t wear the same bra 7 times in a row, change it up with other bra’s to keep the straps from stretching.
Soak your bra’s in a bucket of warm water, add some mild detergent, carefully knead the bra’s a few times, and lay them out to dry.
If you’re lazy (like me) and you wash your bras in the machine instead of by hand, always use a laundry bag to protect your delicates!
Laundry bag for delicates, for sale pretty much everywhere!
Do you have any tips you think we should know about to keep your wardrobe in tiptop shape? Let us know below!