Updated: Sep 18, 2021
A Minimalist life provides the benefit of less anxiety about laundry. There are fewer items to launder if we have less clothing, bedding, and bathroom items. It's more eco-friendly and saves energy and time. When items are properly cared for, they will remain in good shape, have a consistent colour, and look good. In addition, the cost per wear will be lowered.
Here are some tips for maintaining our capsule wardrobe.
It's surprisingly easy to wash most dry-clean only items at home
Dry-cleaning is not only expensive, but it can be harmful to the environment, even with "green" dry-cleaners. To remove and treat stains, dry cleaners typically use toxic solvents.
The Laundress brand has a large range of specially designed products that are perfect for cleaning almost everything around the home. The products are convenient to use, as well as saving time and money.
Wool and Cashmere Care
All fleeces of wool, whether they're lamb, goat, alpaca, yak and/or camel, should be washed rather than dry cleaned, since dry cleaning removes the natural oils that keep them soft.
Washing wool is simple, All that is required is a clean basin, cool water, and the recommended amount of The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. The garment should be immersed in water and left there for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how much cleaning is required. After 10 to 30 minutes, gently agitate the garment and remove it from the basin. Rinse it with cold water. As warm water can cause shrinkage, it is not recommended. The garment should not be wrung out. Try to squeeze out as much water from the garment as possible, and if one is available, use a salad spinner to remove excess water. It is best to lay the garment flat on a drying rack or better yet a clean towel, making sure to reshape in its natural shape. Wet wool should never be hung, as it will stretch. To speed up the drying process, lay the item flat on a towel and roll up the garment in the towel (like a sleeping bag). The fibre of wool can be damaged and shrunk when exposed to direct sunlight or heated sources such as a heater, so even if it is tempting, keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heaters. Once dry, a steamer is recommended to remove any wrinkles.
The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray can be used between washes. This spray has anti-bacterial properties and will keep woollen garments fresh.
Silks and Delicates Care
Delicate garments made of silk, synthetics, lace, and embellished items, can seem terrifying because we have been led to believe that they are difficult to care for. But the care of delicate clothes isn't as complicated as we might think. We can easily care for such delicate garments by using a simple step-by-step approach to keep their shape, overall look, and colour.
While delicate Silk garments have traditionally been sent to the dry cleaner as per their care labels, there's good news: we can clean and care for them at home.
It is the same as with woollen fabrics. All that is required is a clean basin, cool water, and the recommended amount of The Laundress Delicate Wash The garment should be immersed in water and left there for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how much cleaning is required. After 10 to 30 minutes, gently agitate the garment and remove it from the basin. Rinse it with cold water. The garment should not be wrung out. Try to squeeze out as much water from the garment as possible, and if one is available, use a salad spinner to remove excess water. It is best to lay the garment flat on a drying rack. Once dry, a steamer is recommended to remove any wrinkles.
b. Machine Washing
It is recommended to turn the garment inside out, place the garment into a garment wash bag. Select the delicate/gentle setting, cold water and add and the recommended amount of The Laundress Delicate Wash. When the wash cycle is completed take the garment out and hang it to dry. It is best to lay the garment flat on a drying rack. Once dry, a steamer is recommended to remove any wrinkles.
It is important to remember to not use hot water, a dryer and/or direct sunlight for any delicate garment because it can cause damage.
And the Rest?
They can be laundered in the machine as normal, but we do recommend the following Plant-derived laundry products from The Laundress to help.
Each year, the EPA estimates that there is about 2,500,000,000 pounds of unwanted clothing thrown away in landfills. It's important to take good care of our wardrobes both for ourselves and for the planet.