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Check the label before washing

Different materials need different approaches to washing, drying and getting rid of creases. Wool, for instance, should only be washed when really needed, and delicate fabrics such as cashmere and silk, are particularly vulnerable to damage by harsh chemicals and heat so will need to be washed on a gentle cycle at low temperatures.

Pay careful attention to the instructions on the label on the inside of your garment as they will tell you the maximum temperature it should be washed at, whether it can be ironed etc. Not sure what those symbols mean? Have a look at this handy web page guide.

Get de-bobbling

It’s the sad truth that all wool clothing and many other materials will start to pill eventually, no matter their quality. Bobbles and pills on clothes immediately make them look dull and worn meaning they are more likely to not be worn.

Investing in a clothes shaver will keep your clothes looking fresh and bobble / pill free. You simply run the hand held shaver over your clothes on a flat surface and it removes anything that is attached to the fabric, leaving your clothes looking brand new!

You can also use a hand de-bobbler which does the same job with a little bit more elbow grease.

Stain removal

If you know what that stain is on the front of your jumper, jeans or top you can try a sustainable method of removing it rather than reaching for the chemical cleaners or even worse, the bin. Have a look at some of these methods using supplies you probably already have at home.

Page updated: 23/08/2022 Page updated by: Waste Management

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