Fashion: How To Care For Your Clothing

Always shrinking or ruining your clothes? Well here is a material-by-material guide on how to look after all your amazing garments.

Most of these need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. Check the label incase it is acrylic or strong wool. Whatever you do, do not put these in a dryer after hand-washing unless you want to shrink your garments!

These can be washed on a warm cycle and fabric softener is a great addition to keep your clothes fresh. What is awesome about acrylic is you can dry it on a low temperature.

Cotton is a great material if it is 100% cotton. You can wash, dry and iron good quality cotton. If it is a cheap cotton (found in your bog-standard clothing stores), you can get skrinkage to which you should keep out the of dryer if possible.

Now an incredibly popular material, chiffon can go through the dryer well on a low temperature and be washed on a gentle cycle.

Be careful of using a good powder as soap residue can be leftover on garments.

Like underwear, chunky knits, lace and cashmere. All of these should be washed on a gentle, cold cycle in a delicates bag.

Bras should be clipped at the back to prevent the clasps breaking.

Wash inside out and only when necessary. If you want them to go back to their original size, put in warm dryer otherwise leave to dry outside.

For linen, you will need to check the label for specifics as there is a large range of linens out there. Some can be washed easily whilst others will need hand-washing or dry-cleaning.

All linens should be dried in the sun.

You can wash and dry all nylon garments on a low temperature

Best to hand-wash

Most items made from this can be washed and dried although check the washing tags for specifics.

Rayon is incredibly sensitive to shrinking and should be dry-cleaned or hand-washed and kept out of the dryer.

This material is found in most standard clothing stores and when washed wrong, you can be left with suds, wrinkles and shrinkage.

There are some pre-washed silks that can be washed in the machine but most of the time, silk needs to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. Personally, I wouldn’t even try to wash silk in the machine – you’re setting yourself up for a disaster.

You will need to clean with a damp sponge or cloth and leave to dry over a couch arm for best results.

With a dryer, you should really leave this as last resort. Not only is it a huge consumer of electricity, it also decreases your clothing life.

If possible, hang light garments on coat hangers and heavy items over couch arms. This will dry them flat, meaning they will resume shape and will be mostly wrinkle free!

With business shirts, dresses and other wrinkle-prone items. Remove item from the washing machine before the rinse cycle begins and hang has listed before. Let them drip dry back to shape.



Becca Benson

Hi I'm Becca, a Kiwi now working in the Brand & Marketing world over in London. I enjoy fashion, interviewing, dancing and being around positive people, all of which is reflected in my KCDC articles! Enjoy!