HOW TO HAND WASH DESIGNER CLOTHES
Extending the life of your wardrobe is good for the planet and your finances. One of the simplest ways is by eschewing your machine and getting your hands wet - even if the care label states otherwise. For delicate items, including bathing suits, underwear and knitwear, as well as luxurious fabrics like silks, woollens, lace, chiffon, velvet, and intricate embellishments, careful hand washing is often the only way to prevent shrinking or fading. So, how best should you hand wash your clothes and hand wash delicates?
HOW TO HAND WASH A SHIRT
The collars and cuffs are the areas to focus on when hand washing a shirt, as these are especially prone to discolouration from sweat, make up and skin care products. Using a gentle stain remover beforehand will ensure a cleaner result. It’s also useful to hang your shirts on a coated hanger to dry - this will help them keep their shape and protect against rust or marks from the hanger.
HOW TO WASH WOOL
Again, the method for washing wool and cashmere is essentially the same, while being mindful of the delicate material. There are three essential tips for how to wash wool:
Invest in a wool detergent which protects the fibres during washing
Gently wash the garment in cool water and avoid agitating it too much to minimise the possibility of shrinking and felting
Dry the item by laying it out flat in its original shape on a moisture resistant surface, preferably mesh, so that air can circulate.
HOW TO HAND WASH SWIMSUITS
Speed is of the essence when considering how to hand wash a swimsuit. The first step is to rinse your swimwear as soon as possible. Do not leave items rolled in a towel as it allows the water to damage the fabric and breed bacteria. A prompt rinse protects the elastic fibres and prevents stretching or deterioration, then you can wash your bathing suit or bikini as you would any delicate clothing to fully remove chemicals and body oils.