Less is more. Repeated vigorous washing damages the fibres of clothing, increases your energy bill and has a negative impact on the environment. ¼ of the carbon footprint from the garment industry is from consumers washing and drying their clothes, which is easy to avoid.
Spot clean or brush your garments to remove any stains or debris. Turn your pieces inside out to air dry between wears, or give them a quick steam to remove odours, and always air dry after washing.
Wash at 30 degrees where possible, use gentle cycles or lightly hand-wash Always hand-wash pre1960s vintage. If you’re concerned that the fabric is too delicate, don't wash it at all!
Never wash embroidered silks or satins. If you want to dry clean specialty vintage items, find an eco-friendly dry cleaner that you can build up a relationship of trust with to care for your garments.