I have only two days left of my "30 Days of Denim", but I decided to interrupt my calendar to bring you information on the care and feeding of your denim.
Some of us have jeans that we have had forever, they are probably our most "go-to" items in our closet. The older jeans get the more care they need, but so do your new ones need loving care. Come on, jeans put in a hard day's work , if you prone to wearing them a lot. So like you they need some tender loving care too.
Here is some great information.
1. Jeans can be worn 5-10 times before being laundered unless they are used from some pretty grimy work.
2. When you do wash your jeans turn them inside out, make sure you have zipped them up and buttoned them at the waist.
3. I usually use very little detergent (I do have a front load washer, which typically uses less ). If they are brand new I will put about a half a cup of white vinegar in the wash as it helps to set the indigo dye. Woolite also haS a dark wash product that works well. USE ONLY COLD WATER.
4. After they have washed pull them out, straighten the legs and hang from the waist. I let my jeans air dry until there is just a little dampness left, then they go in the dryer. It helps so they are less stiff. Do it for just a very few minutes. Drying is hard on jeans.
5. Jeans should be hung straight, I hang mind from the hen as it helps to keep them wrinkle free and may be just maybe helps to lengthen them.
6. This is the most wonderful tip of all, if you don't want to launder your jeans yet wrap them up and put them in the freezer overnight to kill any bacteria, you think they may have.
TOMORROW HOW TO WASH SELVEDGE VINTAGE JEANS.
I love all these products and I have done a lot of laundry in my day. These products work wonders and are not hard on the environment. They also get your clothes clean with out over stress from products that are harsh.
REALLY GETS THE DIRT OUT AND LEAVES WHITE CLOTHES WHITE.
FRESH CLEAN SMELL
THE ULTIMATE SPOT REMOVER.
The detergent companies are not going to like me, but that is ok, I don't really need them too. I have all of you. I have been dealing in clothing pretty much my whole life, I started sewing when I was five and then spent years doing wardrobe in the film and entertainment business. "Clothes were Me". Let's just say I have done a lot of laundry, a lot of laundry and here is one thing I know for sure. You do not need all that detergent to get your clothes clean, nor do you need all those dryer sheets to keep clothes static free. I swear the more detergent you use the more dryer sheets you need. So here is my advise based on experimentation on my part alone.
You need about 1/3 of the amount of detergent that is suggested on the bottle or box of soap. Most clothes will come clean with cold water, really only construction workers need hot or warm water. People who prepare food might want to use warmer water too but heat from water helps to set stains making them harder to get out.
Now once you have reduced your detergent you won't need to use a new dryer sheet every time you dry your clothes. You can use the sheets for several loads and because you use less detergent you won't need all those chemicals for the dryer like you once did.
I told you I can help you save money on laundry. Tomorrow some eco friendly products that get rid of dirt, stains and leave your clothes and the environment clean and chemical free.
Products are expensive, cleaning products, makeup products, skin care products. They all cost money and some of them a lot of money. So I have over the last few years made things really simple when buying products and in using them. Over the next few days I am going to share what I do to save money for cleaning and for my skin and makeup.
Let's start with cleaning products. The other day we were behind a young women at Target who had a cart full of cleaning products. Not only were some what I would call toxic but they were expensive. I wanted to tell her that all she really needs is white vinegar and baking soda, and some Mrs. Meyers or Method all purpose cleaners. My whole house is cleaned with these products,
including scrubbing out the shower with a combination of baking soda and vinegar (think for old science class experiments). Yes there is like a mini volcano when you combine them but you end up with a really clean shower, tub or sink. So ditch all those strong toxic chemicals you use to clean and purchase the cheapest stuff you can buy. Baking Soda and Vinegar. More ideas tomorrow.
For the last six months I have been using a front load washer for laundry. Before that I had a a large top loading machine. In both cases I really cut down on the amount of laundry detergent I was using on my clothes. While soil and perspiration take a toll on clothes so does washing them in a lot of detergent. So I decided to do a little experiment and take notice of how cutting down on laundry products would affect my clean clothes.
In both insistence's I noticed that the less detergent I used, the less static electricity my clothes had in the drying process. As a result of using less detergent I have also cut down on the use of dryer sheets.
I live in a cold climate so the use to dryer sheets was almost necessary because of how dry everything gets in the winter. I have now discovered however, that using less detergent is really the key to less static electricity in my clothes.
My clothes are still clean and fresh, they don't have a perfume smell to them as a result of the dryer sheets. I am saving money on laundry products.