The way we handle our clothing is essential to its longevity. Not only is it impactful to item's quality but also the environment. It is no secret that our appliances take up a lot of energy. Switching our laundry to hand-washing can significantly lower our consumption of resources while still maintaining great quality fabric and can take equal or less amount of time. The Laundress has compiled 5 ways we can incorporate sustainability in our laundry routine as shown below.
5 Ways To Do Laundry More Sustainably:
1. Choose Eco-Friendly Detergents
2. Use Cold Water
3. Hand Wash More
4. Air Dry
5. Reduce Dry Cleaning
Our Favorite Products
The Laundress offers an array of eco-friendly products that differ from scents and fabric type. At Reverie Luxe, we adore The Laundress's Plant-Based Detox Kit for "at-home" Dry Cleaning.
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How To Hand-wash Your Clothing
Now that you have your products for your at-home cleaning, let's dive into the steps on how to properly treat your clothing. You may reference The Laundress's video above on how to get the most out of their products.
First, obtain a bin large enough to wash your clothing pieces. (Follow the instructions located on the inside of your clothing pieces).
Fill your bin with warm water (enough to submerge your clothing pieces). When in doubt test, areas of your garment in the water before completely submerging. (It may be best to wash one item at a time.)
(OPTIONAL) If you have The Laundress's Wash & Stain Bar be sure to target your garment's underarms, straps, underwires, and cuffs at this time. These areas tend to need more care. This step does not require the clothing pieces to be submerged under water.
After targeting these areas, it's time to add your detergent into the bin of water. Be sure to use the proper detergent that matches the composition of your fabrics. If using, the Delicate Wash use 2 capfuls of solution. Make sure solution is well incorporated with water.
Add in your garment and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. *Do not soak silk longer than 30 minutes.
After 15-30 minutes, gently squeeze out excess water. Never ring or twist your garment because this can cause your garment to stretch. (To speed up the process, wrap garment in a towel and pat dry.)
Hang your garment up to dry and enjoy.
We hope this helps you care for your garments at home. Rather than taking your garment to the dry cleaners, we urge you to give it a try at home first. Let us know what are some of your favorite eco-friendly laundry care brands down in the comments below.