Guide to taking care of your cotton clothes
Sustainable fashion focuses on minimizing the use of harmful chemical dyes and other toxic substances in manufacturing, it helps to save millions of liters of water, is good for your skin, as well as on reduces fabric waste.
One of the most sustainable clothing fabrics is Cotton.
Cotton is a natural fiber, and it's generally easier to care for than synthetic fabrics. However, when exposed to moisture and heat, cotton can create mildew. This is why you need to take care when washing your clothes — and there are some must-dos when dealing with cotton.
Wash with care
As you can see, taking care of your cotton clothes, such as a cotton shirt or cotton dress is a simple process. All you need to do is wash them with cold water and use gentle detergent, but you must be careful not to do the following:
- Use fabric softener or dryer sheets, as they'll make your clothes stiff or cause them to shrink.
- Over-dry them in the dryer. This causes wrinkles and fades the color faster than if you let garments air dry outside on a clothesline (if possible).
Read the label before you wash.
Before washing your cotton clothes, read the label to see if they are washable and how they should be washed. A garment that says “dry clean only” or “do not wash” means that it cannot be washed in water and needs to be dry cleaned instead. If a garment is machine washable, check if it can go into the washing machine with other clothes or needs a gentle cycle by itself.
To air-dry your clothes, hang them on a drying rack, line the floor with newspaper, and place the rack on top. If you don't have a drying rack, you can still air dry your clothes by hanging them up in the sun or in front of a fan.
Air drying is best for items that are made of 100% cotton. These items should be washed separately from other clothing items because they are more likely to shrink when exposed to heat sources like washing machines and tumble dryers.
When choosing how to air dry your clothes, consider where you live: if it often rains where you live then air drying may not be feasible since rain will make wet clothes heavier than they normally are and could cause them to fall off their hangers onto floors or carpets where they might get dirty or damage furniture surfaces such as wooden floors or tables if left there for too long without being picked up again before being put back into storage containers after becoming dry again, later on, that same day!
Running a load of clothes that are all cotton can be helpful, but it’s still not enough to keep them looking great.
- It’s important to know what type of cotton your clothes are made from
- How they will react to certain care methods like washing or drying in the dryer.
We hope this article helped you understand more about how to take care of your favorite cotton garments!