More tips for a sustainable wardrobe
- Wash when needed. A study of people’s laundry baskets showed that only 7 percent of the laundry was really dirty. Most of our garments could be worn again if they are not visibly dirty. (Source: Sveriges Konsumenter 2017)
- Treat stains. Pure Effect All Clean gets rid of organic stains from, for example, grass, fruit and blood on textiles. Stains often disappear immediately. For tougher stains, pre-treat before washing in the machine.
- Air out or steam. Hang up and air out or steam treat your clothes with a steamer instead of tossing them in the washing machine. You can also hang up garments in the bathroom where shower steam can help freshen up and smooth out wrinkles.
- Line dry and wash at low temperature. For the most part, it’s enough to launder clothes at 30 or 40 degrees. What’s most environmentally friendly and best is to allow clothes to dry naturally or line dry. Tumble drying wears out clothes, and tumble dryers and drying cabinet use up quite a lot of energy.
- Don’t use fabric softener. It contains loads of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Workout clothes lose their ability to breathe and towels won’t absorb as well because of fabric softener. Silkier clothes can become full of static, so wash them separately with a small amount of fabric softener. Or, mist your clothes to get the antistatic effect before wearing them.
- Get rid of odor in your washing machine. Washing in low temperatures can attract bacteria that cause bad odors. Fix it easily by running a 90-degree program in the washing machine every now and then.