Whether you’re trying to save water or you’re sick of doing laundry, there are ways to keep your clothes clean for longer without having to wash them more than once a week. Take more time for yourself while supporting the environment and try out these hacks to keep your clothes clean longer.
Let them breathe.
Hang up your clothes outside or position them near a fan. If you’ve been somewhere with smoke, fumes, or unpleasant smells, airing out your clothes can help get rid of these odors. For good measure, let your clothes breathe near a green, leafy plant, which can absorb residual chemicals from your clothes’ garment dying process.
Make your own spray.
Get a spray bottle and fill it 60-70 percent full with vodka, and the rest with water. If there’s an area of your clothes that specifically smells like it needs to freshen up, spray the area with your mixture. This will kill bacteria, dry without smelling like alcohol, and remove any unpleasant scents.
Use baking soda or lemon powder.
If you have a patch of your clothing in need of refreshment, turn to natural ingredients. You can mix baking soda and water into a paste and apply to areas of your clothes that have an odor. Then, let the area dry and brush it off with a stiff brush. You can also put your clothes and a half cup of baking soda in a plastic garbage bag and shake everything rapidly. Then, let everything sit for ten minutes and brush the baking soda off the clothes. If you’d like to try lemon, mix lemon juice and water and scrub it on a foul-smelling patch of the clothes.
Apply essential oils.
Maybe your clothes don’t smell, but you haven’t washed them in a little bit. Whether it’s a pair of jeans or a pajama shirt you wear frequently, you can always freshen up these items so that they last longer between washes. Mix a couple drops of your favorite essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spray the clothing that you want to freshen. Typically, lavender, lemon, and grapefruit help produce a clean scent.
Dry shampoo them.
If you’ve ever used it on your hair when you didn’t have time to shower, you know that dry shampoo is a lifesaver. The world’s first dry wash spray, Day2, works for your clothes. All you have to do is lay your clothes on a flat surface, spray the dry shampoo onto the clothes, smooth out the fabric, and hang up the item to dry. This product allows you to freshen up workout clothes if you want to go out after hitting the gym and clean delicate items like cashmere and embellished pieces. The company offers different sprays: original, denim, and delicate, to cater to all different types of fabrics.
Whether you’re trying to save water or to preserve your clothes so that you can wear them longer, there are ways to keep your clothes clean without having to run your washing machine.
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