How to Wash and Care for Your Organic Clothes? (Part 2)

Despite not being such a fun practice, doing the laundry is indeed indispensable. Believe it or not, this action significantly impacts your economy since washing clothes is wasting electricity, water, and natural resources. You should know that some of the soaps or detergents that you use are likely to be the primary pollutants for our environment. That is why it is crucial to reduce these products’ consumption without affecting the home’s hygiene. To achieve this, we give you some tips that can help you wash your clothes more ecologically. If you haven’t yet read the first part of this blog, check it out now!


Separate and Classify the Clothes

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Separate the garments by the washing temperature, by color, or by their composition. If you want your sustainable clothes to last longer, make sure not to mix the colors and turn them over before putting them in the washing machine, which will protect them better. Separate delicate garments and save non-woven items such as zippers, buttons, decoration details. Imagine a garment with a zip along with your delicates. I advise you that this garment goes in a special bag for washing. Also, if you have outfits (pyjamas, underwear, etc.) I recommend that you wash them together to prevent one part from wearing more than the other.


Remove and Treat Stains Before Washing

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Put a garment with a stain in the washing machine and remove it stained again. Who has not happened? I recommend that you make sure to remove the stain before putting it to wash for the wash to be really effective. You can try soaking the garment with baking soda, vinegar or applying a few drops of lemon (if it is white clothing).


Wash With Cold Water, 30º or With an Eco Program

Whenever you can, use cold water. Hot water causes fabrics to wear out prematurely, and garments lose color and may shrink. If you wash at a low temperature, you will save energy, and also, the clothes will need less iron.


Use the Right Amount of Detergent

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Quantity is not always quality. Use the detergent as recommended by the manufacturer. More detergent does not always equal more cleaning. Excess detergent and fabric softener in garments dry out the fibers, stiffen the fabric, and reduce life. The fabric softener can be easily substituted for apple or white cider vinegar. It does not leave an odor on clothes. There are many ecological and natural detergents, such as Marcella soap or Lagarto soap for the detergent. These use components of plant origin. They are made with biodegradable materials and without chemical elements which do not pollute the environment. If you are trying to dress sustainably and with clothes made with ecological fabrics, why use chemical detergents? Don’t use bleach is very aggressive, especially with organic cotton garments.


Avoid Using the Dryer

Personally, I do not have a dryer, and I have never missed it since the best option is to hang the clothes inside out and in the open air – never directly in the sun. Since on sweltering summer days, the intense sun rays damage the color and the fibers, producing minor burns that are not perceived until the garment is broken. This is especially noticeable in fabrics with elastane, lycra, or elastic bands that lose their elasticity.


Iron Little and Only the Clothes That Need It

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Opt for hanging your clothes with hairpins or hooks instead of ironing. If you still have a garment a little wrinkled, a trick is to hang it on a hook in the bathroom while you shower. You will see how the water vapor works miracles. For dress shirts, there is no choice but to iron them. In this case, wait until you have a few items to do it at once. Very wrinkled organic cotton garments sometimes require steam while ironing. In this case, fill the tank of your iron with distilled water. You will avoid filling the garment with lime, and your iron will last longer in perfect condition.


I hope that with these tips you take good care of all your clothes without harming the environment.


How to Wash and Care for Your Organic Clothes? (Part 1)

Do you have ecological garments in your closet but don’t know how to wash or take care of them so that they last longer? Today in the post, I will teach you how to care for and wash ecological clothing to look like the first day. Something as routine as washing clothes can have a tremendous negative impact on our environment, in addition to punishing and damaging our clothes. Garments deserve to be treated and cared for in a respectful way to extend their useful life.

In this post, you will find some tips to reduce the adverse effects of washing your clothes. It is used for both ecological garments and conventional clothing. You will learn how to put a washing machine more sustainably, thus extending your clothes’ life, saving energy, water, and money. The washing machine is one of the appliances that make our lives more comfortable and one of the most energy and water consumption. Also, in each wash, residues are generated from the detergents and softeners we use because their composition is highly polluting and non-biodegradable. If we add up all these impacts, we conclude that washing clothes have environmental consequences that we cannot ignore.


Read the Labels Well

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To care for and wash organic clothing, first of all, read its interior label very well. The garments have a label that explains how that piece should be cared for and washed. It seems silly, but reading it before putting it in the washing machine will save us more than one annoyance. Who has not ever put a garment in the washing machine, and it has come out two sizes smaller? I know that they are often a nuisance and that it is almost inevitable to take a pair of scissors and take the initiative to cut them, but before doing so, read it carefully!


Wash Your Clothes Only When Necessary

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Before deciding to put the garment in the washing machine, see if it really needs it. Is it dirty? Perhaps with just airing it out for a while, there is more than enough. We must lose that habit of washing clothes with just one use and throwing them in the dirty clothes bin, but many times, that garment does not need to be cleaned. By reducing laundry, energy, and detergent, we prolong the garment’s life, its fibers remain intact, and it does not lose its color or shape.


Bet on Eco Washing Machines

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If you have the opportunity to get a new washing machine, before buying, look at its energy consumption. In the long run, washing machines with the A ++ energy efficiency system always become more profitable. Look at its energy label. It will inform you of the energy and water consumption values ​​of the appliance. Thus, you will quickly know the device’s energy efficiency and the sound power both in the washing phase and in the spin phase, avoiding noise pollution.


Fill the Washing Machine Without Overloading the Machine

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Many of us think that to be greener, we must fill the washing machine to the brim, but this is not true. If you overload the washing machine, the only thing you will get is a poor wash since there will be no space for the clothes to move freely. If it is better, then it is fully loaded but always with enough leeway so that the clothes come out clean and you do not have to rewash them. The washing machines have a limit measured by weight, usually 8, 10, and 12Kg. Overloading the washer saves neither water nor energy, but it can damage components and shorten the washer’s life.


Check out the second part of this article for the complete list of ways to wash your clothes sustainably!