Let's face it, most of us can say that we detest doing laundry. But for those of us that love to shop and like to keep our clothing looking great,doing laundry is inevitable. If you are like me, I would love to take every shortcut possible but being meticulous while doing this daunting chore is key to keeping your clothing looking like new.
Rotation is KEY!
I get it, you have that outfit in your closet that you love to wear every chance you get (even if that means making up reasons). Most of us hate to admit that we have a problem with this one. Moderation seems to be a good principle for everything in your life, especially your closet. We want those dearly beloved items to always look the same as when we first bought them, so some self control is needed for this step. I am definitely not saying that you have to meticulously plan your outfits a week at a time, not that that isn't a bad idea, but just be mindful that the more that something is worn the more wear and tear it endures, especially through the wash.
For most reading a care tag is like reading another language, I understand, but this is THE most important piece to keeping your closet looking like new. All clothing manufacturers that sell their product in the U.S are required by the Federal Trade Commission to attach care tags to their products. These care tags must have instructions on regular care for the garment. See, most of the work is already done for you through the care tag; all you have to do is read it and follow it. Easier said than done.
Luckily for us there are set symbols and language on the care tag for us consumers to understand. Below you will find a picture describing the most generic and most commonly used symbols. Many of these symbols are similar and only differ by a line or dot, so double check before you wash! My recommendation to you is to print it out and hang it in your laundry room to refer back to.
Most of you probably already know these but for those of you who don't, this literally could change your closet! Seriously, if you haven't tried these simple practices it is definitely worth the few extra seconds that could lengthen the life of everything in your closet.
- Wash your jeans inside out, in cold water, on the delicate cycle. No matter if your jeans have bling on the pockets or not, it is worth the time to wash them all inside out. The wash cycle is not only harsh on the extra details but can also fade your denim, especially if you wash in warm water.
- Don't dry your denim! If you can help it don't dry your denim and if you do make sure that it is on the lowest heat setting possible.
- Do wash your cottons in warm water and tumble dry on a low setting.
- Hand-washing viscose and rayon is ALWAYS best.
- Never wring items that you hang dry, it will add wrinkles.
- Hand-wash lingerie and lay it flat on a towel to dry.
Being a shopping expert also means that at some point you must be a laundry expert. Yes, it is a chore. Yes, it is time consuming. Yes, we all hate it (if you don't you can come to my house ). All in all, laundry is a daunting and inevitable task that all of us have to accomplish and if it is done right it can keep your wardrobe looking new, even when it isn't.