How to care for organic cotton clothes

how to care for organic cotton clothes http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-care-for-organic-cotton-clothes/I’ve never been a fan of fast-fashion – clothing you wear a few times and then toss because it starts to fall apart. I often buy my clothes at thrift stores or vintage shops, because I love the hunt, and I keep my eyes peeled for well made items that look brand new. I also love the idea of preventing a perfectly good piece of clothing from ending up in a landfill.  When I do invest in something new, I like it to be of great quality, and I take care of it so that it lasts. I’m a big fan of natural fibers, and organic cotton whenever possible, because I believe in voting with my dollar. Of course, the tips below don’t apply only to organic cotton clothing, but when I spend a little bit more on something, I go the extra mile to keep it in great shape.

 tip #1:  I try to spot clean any stain right away. Cold water and maybe a little soap ( or even shampoo) usually do the trick. If the stain remains – apply a little soap to it and let it sit – or soak in some soapy water until ready to wash. White vinegar is also great at getting rid of some stains.

 #2: I normally wash my organic cotton clothes in cold water on gentle, on a short – medium cycle (or hand wash more delicate items).

#3: I love this eco-friendly soap recipe (borax + washing soda + castille soap). In a pinch, you can just use diluted castille soap. If I was going to buy laundry detergent (which I haven’t in a while) I’d avoid the ingredients on this list 

#4:  turn clothes inside out to protect any screen prints, to keep the colors bright, and to prevent the fabric from piling.

 #5: tumble dry on low, or hang dry ( I hang anything delicate or with stretch to it, quality t-shirts, jeans & sweaters. )

If you have any more tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments section!

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  1. maryannmiceli November 27, 2013

    I have used Murphy Oil Soap to remove dried-on paint from clothing. Pour a generous amount on the paint spot and let it sit for 24 to 48 hrs,then wash. Murphy’s is a 98% natural product made from coconut oil. Great way to save a piece of clothing you thought you ruined!

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