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The Right Way To Care For Cotton

Cotton comes from a natural plant fibre which is used in a lot of our clothes as well home and bedding items. Cotton fibres are a comfortable and breathable fabric that is very durable and should be taken care of properly to keep them looking good for many years.

Washing Cotton 

Before going to wash cotton fabrics, check the care label to see if the garment is best to be machine washed, hand washed or dry cleaned. Cotton is 100% washable and durable to withstand machine wash, but it is likely that some cotton garments have material that provides structure and shape (like blazers), which may deform if machine washed.

  • Wash cotton clothes on a warm or cool cycle (40° or lower).
  • Wash cotton linen, towels or underwear in hot temperatures (60°c) to remove germs.
  • Avoid using fabric softener as this can create an unwanted layer over the fabric.

Drying Cotton

Cotton garments can be both air and machine dried, taking into consideration how in these methods.

  • Air dry flat to retain it’s shape.

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  • Tumble dry on moderate to low heat.

Avoid hang drying as this can stretch out the fabric fibres, and avoid high temperature machine drying as this, plus agitation, can cause the garment to shrink.

Ironing Cotton

Cotton is strong enough to withstand the highest setting on the iron. Make sure to check the care label for the recommended iron temperature setting. Always iron cotton fabrics inside out. You can also use a clothes steamer to get rid of wrinkles and creases.

Removing Stains From Cotton

Should a stain occur, result to any of the following stain removal methods:

  • Colour safe stain remover/pen
  • Washing up liquid- apply and gently rub onto damp, stained area.
  • White vinegar- Add a cup to the the laundry cycle or make a paste with baking soda and apply to stain. 
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How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

Not all expensive clothing are of the best quality and not all affordable clothing are bad quality either. When going to shop for good quality clothing, there are several ways to check and test whether it is of good quality or not.

How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

  • The type of fabric

Anything made out of natural fibres will always be better than synthetics like polyester, acrylic, spandex or any other man-made fibres. This is because natural fibres are breathable and last longer no matter how many washes you put it through. With synthetics however, these type of fabrics will begin to wear out over time when constantly exposed to the agitation of laundering and tumble-drying. You also have to keep in mind that garments can be made out of cheap, low-quality fibres that are natural which result into poorly made clothes. So, when looking for good quality clothing, it’s useful to check the label first to see what type of fabric it is made from.

  • How the fabric feels

One easy way to judge the quality of clothes is by the way it feels when you touch it. Is the fabric soft and smooth? Or rough and brittle? The more fabric fibre there is, the more likely it will last longer. That’s not to say that the garment needs to be heavy to be good but if the woven fabric is tightly packed and is light weight, then this is likely to last long too. When choosing good quality fabric, it should feel nice against the skin and you’ll notice that it remains soft even after it’s washed.

  • Transparency

Fabrics that have a higher thread count are ones worth investing in. The thicker the fabric is, the better the quality will be. Clothing that is see-through or transparent when you hold it up against the light are of low-quality material. You can even test the clothing transparency by putting your hand inside the garment and checking to see if you can see the colour of your hand. If you can, just put the garment back and continue searching.

  • Stitching

When considering quality, it’s important to check the stitching of the garment. You’ll know it’s good quality when the stitches are even, closely spaced and holding the garment together well.  Check it’s sturdiness by pulling on either side of the seam- check this on the inside of the garment too. Make sure there are no gaps when doing this and that the stitching is flat on both sides. If the garment has buttons, make sure they’re also sturdy and properly sewed on by gently tugging on them.

  • It comes with spares

Clothing that comes with a spare button or spare thread is a clear indication that the fabric is of good quality and it will probably only need minor repairs. Designers wouldn’t consider adding these spares otherwise. If it was low-quality, they’ll let you invest in the spare pieces instead when it needs repairing and you most likely won’t even find the button/s you’ll need. 

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Different Ways To Remove Lint From Clothing

If you have lint stuck on your clothes, there are a few items you can use to remove them besides having to use a lint roller or a lint brush.

Different Ways To Remove Lint From Clothing

  • Tape: Use some scotch tape or any other adhesive tape to remove lint. Wrap some tape around your hand so that the sticky side is facing outwards and attach both sticky ends together. Then just dab or roll over the areas with lint.
  • Dryer Sheet: Due to it’s anti-static properties, dryer sheets can also work well to remove lint from your clothes. Simply rub a dryer sheet all over your clothes until the lint is gone.
  • Pumice Stone: Although this item is used to get rid of dead skin cells on your feet, they do well in removing lint from clothing too. Just rub the stone lightly over the garment to remove the lint. Avoid using this on silk or nylon fabrics as it is too harsh on them.
  • Washing sponge: The abrasive material of the sponge’s scouring pad is great at picking up lint. Dampen the scouring pad of the sponge to make it soft and rub it gently against the fabric to remove the lint.
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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Clothes

No one likes it when clothes start to fade in colour, when little rips and tears are found, when you can no longer wear your favourite top cos it looks so old and worn out. All these factors happen because we fail to take good care our clothes.

So, how do you prevent these from happening and keep clothes lasting longer? Let’s go through some of the most basic procedures on how to take proper care of your clothes.

Basic Clothing Care Tips

  • Don’t wash too often: Excessive washing can be tough on your clothes. Putting the fabrics through constant agitation in water and detergent can cause your clothes to wear out. Only wash when you really need to, like when it’s visibly dirty or has a foul smell. Check how often you should be washing your clothes.

  • Learn basic repairs:  It comes in handy when you know how to fix basic repairs. Whether it’s fixing a loose thread or sewing back on a button, you can save yourself the money of purchasing a replacement and make your clothes last a little longer. 
  • Hang nice clothes: Your suits, dresses, coats, jackets (especially leather ones) and any fabrics that are prone to getting creased easily or ones that are to delicate to be folded. Hang them on clothes hangers! 
  • Fold heavy sweaters: Hanging heavy sweaters can cause them to deform in shape as the weight of it will pull it down and stretch the fabric. It’s best to fold and store them away as you would with your general clothing but be sure to keep them away from zippers or clothing accessories that might snag onto them. 
  • Pay attention to the care label: The care label has all the instructions you need to clean, dry and iron your clothes the correct way, so it shouldn’t really be ignored. The only way to give your clothes proper treatment when it is wash, dried and ironed is to refer to it’s care label. 
  • Clean clothes before storing them away: When seasons change and you swap your winter clothes for summer ones, it’s best to have them fresh and clean before storing them away. This is just so dirt and odour don’t attract bugs or bacteria; it’s best to keep them there fresh and clean, ready for when that time of the season comes again. 
  • Remove stains accordingly: If you don’t want discoloured patches on your clothes, it’s best to remove stains asap. Always remember to dab and use cold or luke-warm water when treating a stain. 
  • Don’t procrastinate when doing the laundry: In the process of doing laundry, sometimes we delay in folding and putting our clothes away or we leave clothes in the washing machine/ tumble dryer. This can result to: wrinkled clothes or mildew smelling clothes, which will make you want to wash your clothes again. Avoid this by keeping staying on track with the laundry once you get it started. 
  • Get your washing cycle right: If you can wash your clothes right the first time, you can then you wont have to put your clothes through several cycles to get the best outcome. 
  • Use good hangers: Wired or thin plastic hangers don’t often support the shape of your clothes, especially on the shoulder area. It can cause it to stretch or deform in shape if it’s not the right size. Instead, use wooden or thick hangers that will be able keep the shape of the garments shoulder. 
  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: To prevent the colour of your clothes from fading, wash them inside out to protect them. 
  • Don’t be lazy to separate colours: If you separate your laundry pile, your clothes will in fact be cleaner! And this is why it is advised to separate whites from dark/coloured clothes. This is so you avoid the risk of the dark clothes making your white clothes a grey or off-white colour. 
  • Hand-wash: There’s nothing more caring for your clothes than hand washing them, especially delicate or hand wash only clothes! Hand wash your lingerie and other delicate fabrics that require hand-washing only to make them last longer. 
  • Use a mesh bag for delicates: For delicates that can be machine washed, put them in a delicates (mesh) bag to keep them from catching onto or being caught onto other garments.

  • Don’t over crowd closet: Trying to cram everything in your closet will create creases and wrinkles on clothes, which leads to constant exposure to ironing! Try to organise your wardrobe well so everything fits perfectly without clothes being too squished together. Check these clothes storage hacks if you’re short on wardrobe space.

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