Being environmentally conscious does not end with buying sustainable fashion, but continues with the right care. Because when the life of a garment is extended, its ecological footprint is reduced at the same time. From washing less to drying properly, our guide shows you how to treat clothes with care so you can enjoy your favorite items for a long time.

The right preparation

Good care begins with the careful preparation of clothing. In order to avoid damage from small objects or pointed edges: Empty all the pockets in advance, close zippers and turn the clothing on the left. Sort the laundry according to colors and materials with similar care properties.

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Wash gently


Washing climate -friendly means washing as rarely as possible and as energy -saving as possible. Because the lower the temperature and the lower the number of spin, the less energy is used and the gentler the wash cycle for clothing. This also means that the washing machine should always be sufficiently loaded to avoid unnecessarily many washes. For normal clothing, 30 degrees are sufficient in a short protective rash with a number of 800. In general, always stick to the wash license plates on the label.

Carefully dry


Even if it saves time: the dryer is really only suitable for cooking laundry. While wool, viscose and synthetic fibers are even unsuitable for the dryer, it is also gentler for the rest of the clothing to dry in the air. Avoid direct sunlight so that the colors do not fade. Never hang clothes wet, just hang up damp and dry heavy and sensitive clothing so that they keep their shape. Before hanging, all wrinkles are smooth.

Material maintenance

Cotton

Cotton is durable and easy to care for. It can be washed at heavy pollution and depending on the fabric even at high temperatures and means ironing.

Material maintenance

Wool

In order for wool to stay cozy and holds its shape, it should be washed in the woolenwater and with a special wool detergent at a maximum of 30 degrees, unless otherwise noted on the washing label. Then do not iron hotter than 170 degrees.

Material maintenance

viscose

Viscose is particularly sensitive and can tear quickly if it is wet. After washing the clothes out of viscose gently in shape after washing when it is wet and iron at medium temperature as soon as they are completely dried.

Material maintenance

Synthetic fibers

The easy -care synthetic fibers include polyester, polyamide and polyacrylic as well as elastan. They can usually be washed in the gentle program at a maximum of 40 degrees and ironed at low temperatures.

Material maintenance

denim

Jeans should be washed as rarely as possible. The reason: the indigo dye, which is responsible for the beautiful blue coloring, washes out more with every wash. Rather clean stains partially. A popular trick against smells and bacteria: pack jeans airtight and put in the freezer overnight.

Wash less


The less often the washing machine runs, the less water and energy are used. That also means: the better for the environment. A piece of clothing should only end up in the washing machine if it is really dirty or heavily used. Conversely, this means that folds are not stains and lint or pilling are no dirt. Smaller spots can be partially removed by hand in order to protect not only the entire piece of clothing, but also the climate.

When washing?


After one time, only clothing that is close to the body has to be washed. This includes underwear, socks, tight t-shirts, pajamas and sports swear. Everyday clothing such as jeans, shirts and coats, on the other hand, can instead be ventilated after wearing to remove smells. Natural fibers such as cotton, linen and wool are particularly suitable for this.

For a long time


So that a piece of clothing between two cleansing stays beautiful and fresh longer, it requires careful handling after wearing. This includes proper hanging on a bracket and ventilation with plenty of air circulation before it is hung back into the closet. The fabric gently with the hand immediately after moving out. A hand steamer also not only removes wrinkles, but also smells and bacteria. Small stains can be removed with water and some soap; Lint rollers and fabric screamers make clothes look like new even without a wash cycle.

to remove stains


Clothing with spots belong in the next wash? This is not only not very climate -friendly, but also a fallacy that can ruin clothes in the worst case. Because hot water and the dryer even favor that a stain can no longer be completely removed. So that stains do not get stuck in the fibers, they should be removed by hand as soon as possible after pollution with a little lukewarm water. If water alone is not enough, add some drops of soap, detergent or mild hair shampoo.

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Our tip: With normal contamination degrees, a lower washing temperature is often sufficient than the specified maximum temperature. This not only protects your laundry, but also the environment.

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