The secret to washing and preserving summer clothes


Summer clothes are often made from light and fragile fabrics, so if not cleaned and cared for properly, you will waste money buying new.

Illustration: The Spruce.

Here are specific notes to prolong the life of summer clothes.

Sorting summer clothes

Let’s start by categorizing summer clothes into groups, including “keep”, “fix”, “donate” and “throw away”.

Sometimes you will find it difficult to make a decision with a particular item. However, if that item was forgotten last season, will it be remembered next season?

Summer clothes washing

For the items you decide to keep for your own use, inspect each item carefully to make sure it’s clean, free of stains or lingering stains. All clothes should be washed before storing in the closet. Many small stains are insignificant but become very difficult to deal with after a few months. Furthermore, stains can also attract termites and damage your clothing.

Here’s how to clean and treat some popular summer fabrics.

Cotton

Cotton material is soft, thin and breathable, allowing heat to escape easily and dispel the feeling of sultry. Cotton fabrics wrinkle easily, while polyester blends wrinkle less. This fabric is also prone to perspiration in the armpit and collar area, especially light colored shirts. Therefore, you need to remember a few things after washing and storing cotton fabrics.

Use cold water to prevent fabric shrinking.

– For white clothes, read the laundry instructions carefully to see if bleach can be added.

– Do not set the drying temperature too high for cotton clothes to avoid shrinkage.

– Hang clothes instead of folding to limit wrinkles.

Linen

Linen is a natural fabric that is also very breathable and is perfect for hot weather. Linen is very light, sparsely woven and is characterized by being extremely wrinkled. Many people like to wear linen with slight wrinkles, but if you want your clothes to stay smooth, you can wash the item before storing it with the following notes.

– You should wash or dry linen separately from the rest of the items.

– When ironing linen clothes, turn them inside out and use a steam iron.

– Linen clothing can be stored in plastic containers to avoid bed bugs, bugs and moisture. Place in a cool, dry place.

– For wrinkled linens due to being stored deep in the closet, you can gently rub them with water, smooth the clothes with your hands, and then dry them.

Swimwear

Have you ever taken a swimsuit out of the closet and found it lost its shape or faded? Chlorinated water, sunlight, sweat, and sunscreen can all cause materials to tarnish and deform. Wash and care for your swimwear with these tips to prolong their life:

– Avoid using bleach or detergent containing bleach.

– Priority is given to hand washing over machine washing (especially women’s clothes with foam padding). If you want to use the washing machine, put your swimsuit in a mesh bag for protection.

– Dry naturally, avoid putting in the dryer to damage the form.

– Make sure the swimsuit is completely dry and new, put it in a plastic container or drawer, to avoid causing mold because the clothes are still damp.

Summer clothes storage

Hangers

Choose a sturdy hanger that won’t rust or affect the quality of the fabric. Here are the best hangers tips for different types of clothes, no matter the season:

– Hang items that need to be held in shape such as coats on profile hooks to keep the shoulders from falling.

– Hang skirts and pants by the waistband to prevent creases.

– Hang thin and soft garments on padded hooks or non-slip hooks.

Cloth hanging bag

This is a better option than plastic bags to prevent the accumulation of moisture. It is important to note that you need to wash your clothes to remove dirt and mold spores before hanging them. Reusing a 100% cotton bed sheet or pillowcase is also a creative option, you just need to cut a small hole to easily thread the hanger through.

Carton and plastic containers

The best way to organize summer clothes is to roll them up without having to fold them, avoiding wrinkles and the extra effort of ironing clothes again. In particular, summer knitwear when rolled up will hold the form better when hanging on a rack.

Using carton or cardboard boxes to store clothes will save you closet space. Of course, those cardboard boxes from the grocery store aren’t safe for clothes. They are made from wood pulp, which can be acidic and cause stains. In addition, the glue used to bind these cardboard pieces can attract insects.

Plastic storage boxes for clothes are usually made of quality and safe CPP plastic. Before use, you can clean the inside of the barrel with a disinfectant cleaner. Line the box with a sheet of 100% cotton or acid-free tissue to prevent the clothes from directly rubbing against the bottom of the box.

Bao Chi (According to Spruce)

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