Caring for your clothes (vintage or not) is absolutely essential in order to make them last as long as possible which, in turn, helps cut down on fashion waste.
- Cotton, Linen & Synthetic
Wash your non sensitive clothes, like cottons, linens and synthetics with an eco friendly biological detergent. We recommend a washing temperature of 30°C - 40°C (86°F - 104°F).
Synthetic materials like acrylic, polyester and nylon are notorious for releasing microplastics into the water, even after many washes, so using a Guppyfriend Washing Bag stops those harmful microfibres entering the marine ecosystem.
- Wool, Silk & Cashmere
For animal derived fibres, such as wool, silk and cashmere, we recommend a non-bio detergent as it will be much kinder and will prolong the life of these garments. Non-bio detergents are also recommended for sensitive skin and can be found in all supermarkets.
Handwash these items or use the 'handwash' function on your washing machine on a very low temperature. We advise you keep the temperature at 20°C (68°F) and use low spin. Let air dry on a flat surface.
For any garments that are delicate, also handwash or use the 'handwash' function on your washing machine. Wash with a maximum temperature of 30°C (86°F) and if you are machine washing, always use net bags for each individual garment.
We recommend washing similar colours together and to always use colour catchers to avoid colour transfer.
If you like using fabric softener, try not to use it with every single wash and avoid using it with garments that contain elastane (leggings, sports bras etc) as it can break down the fibres and shorten the lifespan of your clothes.
Lastly, only wash your clothes when it is absolutely necessary. Of course, this doesn't include underwear or sports clothes which you do need to wash after every use - but do denim jeans need washing after just one wear? Prolong the life of your garments by spot treating any small stains and neutralise smells by steaming or airing them.
Spot clean any stains or spillages using some concentrated detergent or stain remover like Vanish.
If you prefer a more natural way, try using baking powder and vinegar on the stain. But remember: no matter which method you decide to use, always patch test in a hidden area to make sure it doesn't lift the colour!
Even when a piece of clothing has a flaw, there's no reason to throw it away. Instead try fixing any small holes or rips as soon as they appear to avoid the problem becoming worse.
There are plenty of videos on YouTube, with step by step instructions on how to mend anything, from replacing a button to visible mending - why not give it a go? And if everything else fails, you can always seek a professional tailor's help, it will still probably be more afforbable than replacing the whole garment!
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