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.