We want to ensure that your kids clothes last for as long as you have them. Opting for fewer but better items is half the job, the other is taking care of them the right way. We’d like to share some advice with you on how to take care of our garments, in ways that will help extend the lifetime of your new clothes. Equally important, these tips will help reduce your impact on the environment and take better care of our planet. The washing instructions that you’ll find on the care label are a good starting point for properly caring for your garment, but we wanted to share some extra advice that goes beyond the information on the tag and keep both your garments and our planet clean and lasting.
Wear more, wash less
There’s really no need to wash your kids’ clothes every time they are worn, unless they’re noticeably dirty. In fact, washing less slow down the fading of color and aging of your garment in general. Many garments just need to be aired and shaken out properly to be good for another wear. And many stains can be spot treated.
Sort and optimize
Different garments have different requirements and your laundry should be sorted accordingly. At least, you need to sort by color but we recommend you also sort them by type (workwear vs more delicate garments) or temperature (warm vs cold). A good tip is to make sure that the garments doesn’t hurt each other in the machine, empty pockets, close zippers and make sure to not wash colored new garments for the first time together with lighter colors.
Follow the care label symbols and instructions carefully, they’ve been designed to keep your clothes in great shape while not pressuring the environment too heavily.
Lower the temperature
You can save energy when you wash your clothes at cooler temperatures by using the eco settings on the washing machine, and/or choosing shorter cycles. If your clothes aren’t very dirty, it’s often enough just to wash them at 30°. An extra tip is to use a liquid detergent instead of powder when washing at lower temperatures, since it dissolves better.
Use green products
Choose an environmentally friendly laundry detergent and don’t use too much of it. Overdosing won’t have any effect on making your clothes cleaner. Softeners are popular and can be anti-static to reduce the collection of lint on dark garments, but be aware that chemical softeners may damage both the garment and environment. If needed, use organic softeners.
Skip the tumble dryer
Tumble dryers use a lot of energy and can be tough on your clothes. It’s more beneficial for your clothes and for the environment if you can just hang your clothes and let them dry naturally. But do make sure to dry your laundry immediately and don’t leave wet clothes in the machine since it will wrinkle and may eventually cause mold and mildew.
Treat stains immediately
If you get a stain on your garment, spot treat it immediately. Natural materials such as cotton generally absorb a lot which means that the longer you wait, the harder it gets to eliminate the stain. Unfortunately, there’s no universal treatment so make sure to read up on the best way to treat your particular stain and garment.
Most garments don’t need ironing if you wash on lower cycle and gently shake or stretch them when they come out of the washing machine and hang the garment to dry. If there is a setting on the washing machine called ‘reduced creases’ will also help to prevent wrinkles, alternatively you can always reduce the wash cycle (the garments will come out more wet).
Repair or redesign
Value your clothes – always consider if you can repair an item of clothing before discarding it or replacing it. Repairing is one way to extend the life of your clothes, but you might also have fun making creative redesigns too.
Recycle or donate
If you no longer use or like an item of clothing, swap it, resell or donate your garment to give it a new life. Zero environmental impact!