How to make clothes look like new again
Broken slippers, lipstick stains, sweat marks… all these elements have the ability to make you wear your favorite clothes. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many creative solutions to avoid a tailoring tragedy. Also, it is better to mend clothes than to wear them. According to WRAP’s fashion industry waste study, Valuing our Clothes: the Cost of UK Fashion, the UK sends 300,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill each year. If this number surprises you and you are trying to breathe new life into some of your old clothes, fear not. There are many ways to repair used clothes and return them to their used state.
Shirts and skirts with base stains
Lightly spray with De.Solv.It and follow instructions if your clothes are cotton. If necessary, repeat the process and then machine wash with biological detergent at the highest temperature the fabric will allow. If the stain persists, soak it in a biological prewash solution before washing again. Treat silk and wool stains with Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils – Cosmetics and Nature as directed on the package, then wash on the gentle cycle at 30°C.
Discoloration of clothes after washing
Most questions asked about laundry today are related to poor cleaning performance, poor dirt and stain removal, lint and dirt residue, and fabric damage. Below are some of the most common problems, along with the most likely causes and therapies to address them. There are some suggestions to avoid problems. You can find more details on how to do laundry in our laundry basics guide.
Using a permanent press cycle, wash in hot water at least 130 degrees F (54 degrees C) (with a chiller that reduces the water temperature before the first spin). Use a detergent or bleach booster and/or increase the amount of detergent.
Soak heavily faded synthetics in a product that contains enzymes or a detergent booster if they cannot be bleached with sodium hypochlorite. Or soak in color remover according to product instructions. Then put it in the washing machine.
There is a tendency for certain synthetic and permanent press products to create “pills”. This is because the fibers are cutting through the surface, curling and sticking together instead of flowing like natural fibers. This is caused by normal wear and tear and can be found in socks, sweaters, collars, cuffs, underarms, or any other scratch-prone area.
Vinegar removes color from clothes
Try RIT Color Remover, available at craft and fabric stores as well as some drug stores, for colored products that have taken on the unwanted color (or white items that contain spandex). When using RIT for this reason, the key is to ensure that the solution is powerful enough to remove unwanted color without removing the item’s original color. Wear gloves as you will be working with your hands in the solution. Start with a very fine solution, dissolving a small amount of the powder in a gallon of water in a plastic dish, rather than the entire box. Check for unwanted color by immersing the part (completely) in the solution. The faster you do this, the more likely the original color will be preserved. Hope the color fades easily and you can wash the clothes well in hot water. If the RIT solution is too hot, the original color will wash out almost immediately, so be sure to rinse the garment as quickly as possible.
How to fix a discolored stain on clothes
Natalie Kay Smith contributed to this article as a co-author. Natalie Kay Smith is the founder and owner of Sustainably Chic, a blog dedicated to sustainable fashion. Natalie has been writing about sustainable fashion and green living for over 5 years and has collaborated with over 400 conscious brands around the world to show readers that fashion can be produced safely and sustainably.
It’s very annoying to buy brightly colored clothes only to put them out of sight as soon as you wash them. Fortunately, there are several options for restoring vibrant color to your clothes. Detergent residue can build up on clothes, making them look dull. In this case, washing clothes with salt or vinegar can restore their appearance. If fading is due to normal wear and tear, the fabric can be dyed to restore its original color and give it new life. Any common household item like baking soda, coffee or hydrogen peroxide can restore your clothes.
Natalie Kay Smith contributed to this article as a co-author. Natalie Kay Smith is the founder and owner of Sustainably Chic, a blog dedicated to sustainable fashion. Natalie has been writing about sustainable fashion and green living for over 5 years and has collaborated with over 400 conscious brands around the world to show readers that fashion can be produced safely and sustainably. This post had 232,946 visits.