Six Laundry Tips for Longer Lasting Clothes


There are eco-friendly laundry tips, and then there are laundry tips that will make your clothes last longer.  Who wants to end up with a gaping hole in their top after it's been through the wash? As with repairing your clothes, I feel it's important to have that emotional connection. In fact, it should continue even when they are in the laundry basket waiting to be washed. 

[PS: Look out for a review and the discount code for Ecover products below!!]

Here are my tips:

Avoid the Clothes Dryer
Do you notice the amount of fluff aka lint that is generated when you use the dryer? That's telling you the level of friction and abrasion your garments are experiencing when they are being tossed in the dryer. As time goes by, the integrity of your clothes will be compromised - fabric fibers are damaged and thinned out, loss of elasticity or garment distortion.  Dryers are also energy guzzlers.

Don't Sun Dry for Too Long
If you are going to hang the clothes to dry on a clothes line, nothing beats drying them under the sun. The sun's UV rays act as a natural bleaching agent to destroy bacteria and whiten the fabric.  But remember these tips:

  • Don't hang your clothes out in the sun for too long. Once they are dry, take them off the line or else the colours will start to fade.
  • Dry your clothes when the sun is not at its peak, ideally before 10am. Once the day hits noon, you can leave your whites out longer, while taking the non-whites indoors (they will have dried by then). 
  • Alternatively, hang your clothes in the shade.

Wear Your Clothes Longer Before Washing
I think this might be difficult in hot and sticky Singapore, but considering some of us work in air-conditioned offices I do think it is possible to wear the same clothes a couple more times before putting them in the wash. Remember, like in the dryer, clothes are tossed about and end up in a tangled mass! 

If you want to keep your style, you don't have to wear the same outfit on consecutive days. Just air them on a clothes hanger for a day or two before wearing the top with another bottom or vice verse.  Stick with the classics and you shouldn't have a problem. Oh, and if in doubt, maybe you could do a sweat or odour test before deciding on wearing the clothes again.

Wash Your Clothes Inside Out
My mum would turn all our clothes inside out before putting them into the washing machine. This technique is particularly useful for dark clothing such as jeans - it protects the outer surface from abrasion and losing its colour. 

Hand Wash
Delicate garments (e.g. silk, lingerie, bras etc) need to be hand washed!! 

Use Gentle Detergents, No Bleach!
Gentle detergents (ie no harsh chemicals) and no bleach means less damaged fibres in your clothing. 

Examples - sodium hypochlorite, extreme acidic or alkali wash conditions, 

ECover Zero Product Review

Ecover has gentle laundry detergent products. I was sent a full size bottle each of Ecover Zero Non Bio Laundry Liquid and  Zero Fabric Conditioner to review. Ecover is a Belgium company that specialises in green cleaning products made from plant and mineral derived ingredients. They are also known for making their products delicate to the skin. I have mentioned before that my husband's skin is really sensitive to chemicals, in fact he breaks out in hives, so I had to be very brave to test a new laundry detergent !! 

We tested the laundry products for a month and half (and still using the same bottle of product). Here's our verdict:

We can safely say "NO RASHES!"

No overbearing fragrance. In fact, the clothes smell like .... clothes!

Very good at removing stains. I added a dollop to a curry stain, left it over night before laundering (see pics below).

Good at removing curry stains on school uniform!!

1.5l bottle laundry detergent lasts a long time. We're down to half a bottle now.

Our only issue is that the volumes to be used for the detergent and softener were a little confusing, but we eventually figured it out! 

Ecover is offering a 20% discount to all readers! Thank you, Ecover. 
Discount code: ECV20AGY
Promo: 20% discount on (excluding promotional items)
Validity date: until 30th September 2014

I was not compensated for this post. However, I received a free bottle each of the products in the Ecover Zero range (Non Bio Laundry Liquid, Fabric Softener and Washing-Up Liquid) to review. All opinions are my own, and not influenced in any way. 

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  1. WOW! ECover Zero detergent looks effective! Curry also can get rid!

  2. I love these washing tips - I try to be eco-conscious when washing my clothes (no dryer, dry in sun, natural laundry detergent etc) but you've given me a few more ideas to help extend the life of my clothing :)

  3. Hi,
    In our home, my husband does the laundry so I have been sharing more environmentally-friendly laundry tips with him here and there. We also enjoyed using Ecover products. I am so delighted that you shared both eco-friendly laundry tips as well as laundry tips that will make your clothes last longer at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I am pinning and sharing this post and following you on social media to stay in touch!

    1. Thanks, Deborah. Sure, connected with you :-)

  4. I always use Ecover laundry detergent and have for years. I am chemically sensitive so I have to be very careful in all products I use. I get no rashes and don't have to worry about the odors. Good tips on how to be environmentally friendly and save your clothes. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural blog hop.

    1. Thank you, Marla. My hubby doesn't have rashes when using this either :-)