- Wash garments inside out to limit abrasion on the exposed, outer side
- Add 1/4 cup vinegar to coloured cotton and linen fabrics when washing to help set the colour and avoid fading.
- Wash clothes on the gentle cycle with natural detergents as it is easier on the fabric
- Lay your garments flat to dry as the heat from your dryer can wear down and destroy the fibres in your clothes
- Use cold water cycles as it is much easier on your fabrics.
The best defence for stains is immediate action. Get the soiled area very wet and gently rub detergent into stain. Let it sit 24 hrs before washing.
The bottom line: most of us are easy on our clothing, outgrowing the days of playing in the mud, so when you wash your clothes it is usually just to freshen up. The gentle cycle and cold water should be sufficient, while prolonging the life of the clothing.