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Wash and wear: How to prolong the life of your wardrobe

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Taking care of your clothing the right way is the key to lengthening the life of every garment. Since many of our Simply Sage clothes contain synthetic fibers like polyester, acrylic, and nylon, it’s best to launder each item with its fabric content in mind.

According to thespruce.com, acrylic clothes should be washed in cold or warm water—no high temps allowed! The same goes for drying; acrylics do best when tumbled dry on low, and knit garments should be hand washed and laid flat to dry. When acrylics are dried on high, the fibers can shrink or stretch, resulting in wrinkles that aren't likely to go away.

For rayon clothing, realsimple.com recommends dry cleaning or hand washing with mild detergent. Avoid drying altogether by air-drying garments.

Nylon is a plastic-based fabric and tends to be pretty resilient. Nylon clothing is typically machine washable and does okay in warm or cold water, though cold is recommended for whites, said the laundry experts at reviewed.com. Use low heat in the dryer to prevent wrinkling. Polyester is nylon’s synthetic sister, and it can be cleaned the same way as nylon (though a warm wash cycle is best for every color).

We love our spandex—it’s what gives our clothes the stretch needed for form-fitting clothes. But because of its elasticity, spandex is susceptible to breakdown when exposed to high temps. Instead, opt for hand washing in cold water and avoid ironing.

Of course, the very best way to get specific direction on laundering is to take a look at the tags inside your clothes. Oftentimes the labels will tell you the best way to clean your clothes, and following these is the simplest way to wardrobe maintenance. Happy washing!

* Photo by Andy Fitzsimon on Unsplash


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