The Love Your Clothes campaign was developed in 2014 to “to reduce the environmental impact of clothing across the UK and influence a more circular approach to clothing globally.” It inspires and influences people to make small, conscious changes to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment and promote change in the way consumers buy, use and dispose of their clothing.
According to Love Your Clothes, the “most significant opportunity for reducing the environmental impact of clothing lies in increasing the active life of the clothes we wear.”
Here are some cleaning tips from Love Your Clothes that will help you keep your garments looking great and in circulation longer, and will help you save money:
Blood: Pre-soak 1 hour in heavily salted cold water or detergent.
Candle wax: Cover the stain with brown paper and use a warm iron over the top to draw out the melted wax.
Gum: Put clothing in the freezer, as the gum can easily be scraped off with a butter knife once it is hard and brittle.
Cigarette smoke: To remove the smell, mix up 8.5 oz. of baking soda and white vinegar and soak the clothing for 1 hour. Wring out and then wash as usual.
Cooking fat: Create a paste of baking soda and a little water, apply it to the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. Then wash in biological detergent.
Crayon: If the crayon is soft, freeze the fabric to harden the crayon, and then scrape off the excess. Place the stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron to transfer the stain to the paper towels. Repeat as needed. Pre-treat with a pre-wash stain remover, blot and let dry.
Grass: Blot with denatured alcohol and allow to dry, then wash as normal.
Ink stains: Spray with hairspray and blot with a paper towel.
Mud: Pre-soak the clothing as soon as possible in a bucket of cold water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda for at least 1 hour. Then wash with a biological detergent and line dry.
Red wine: Make a baking soda and water paste and layer it onto the stain. Leave for a few hours, then moisten and wash.
Sweat stains: Soak in white vinegar for 1 hour, rinse and then wash.