Six easy ways to make your clothes last longer

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Everyone will probably have garments collecting dust at the back of their closet — old-looking, stained, stretched, or faded. Many of these were new only a few months ago. Ninety percent of our garments are actually thrown away long before their intended lifespan. So why can’t your clothes last long? The culprit? Poor laundry habits. 


Not only is this a waste of investment, it also contributes to fast fashion and environmental damage when you use too much water, energy, and detergent. By adopting small habits every laundry day, you can help your clothes be more durable and even make the planet live longer.  


Here are some tips for proper garment care so you can keep your clothes new and for longer use: 

Not one temperature fits all

Different fabrics need different water temperatures to retain colour, sanitise, remove stains and heavy soils. As a general rule, use hot for removing bacteria and cold to gently clean delicates and bright coloured garments.  


So, the resolution to protect your clothes and make them durable is avoiding guesswork with the wide range of Variable Temperatures. You can use a washing machine that offers different temperatures for all types of fabric like the UltimateCare 300 Washer. Just choose among six presets so the washer can adapt the cycle temperature to ensure that your garments receive the right level of care. 

Launder less makes fabrics last longer

Not all clothes need to be thrown in the washer after every wear. Jeans, sweaters, and coats can be worn many times before washing. Otherwise, frequent agitation and exposure to water could wear them out.


Gauge if you’ve sweated or spent a lot of time outdoors in them. If not, you get a free pass from hauling wet, heavy clothes from your washer — plus well-maintained clothes that look new for longer.


Adjust washing time, water, and energy properly

The wrong ratio of water and cycle time can increase wear and tear on your clothes while unnecessarily using more energy. If you do it in a long time, it can inflict damage on your savings, your wardrobe, and the environment.


Adjusting the right amount of water, detergent, and temperature for each load of laundry can give you headache. Smart washers like Electrolux Ultimatecare 300 with AutoSense can help deal with that matter easily. With AutoSense technology, it can intelligently adjust time, water, and energy depending on your load size for the most optimal care.


Clean on the spot


Don’t let stains set. The longer a stain stays, the more likely it will stick. Prevent this with immediate treatment using natural laundry stain removers. Simply saturate set-in stains with vinegar, rub the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda, and pop in the washer for a cool rinse.


Use the right programme

Handwashing is believed to be the safest option for your woollens and delicate since heat and movement in a washer may shrink or snag them. But technology has kept up. Your treasured clothes are safe in washers as long as you use the dedicated programmes for them.


Trust our UltimateCare 300 which has a dedicated Woolmark certified program. It combines low temperature with very low spin speeds to gently care for your clothes as if you were handwashing them. Hence, your delicates will last longer.


Store your clothes well

Clothes need breathing space too, especially those with natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool. It’s important that they’re stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area to prevent mildew as well as keep the clothes new and long-lasting. While hanging them retains their shape and keeps them wrinkle-free, make sure you’re using wooden or padded hangers. Heavy garments like sweaters may be folded instead so they don’t stretch out.


Adopting sustainable practices is the best way to make a fashion statement, because when you help your clothes live longer, the planet does too. Electrolux appreciates sustainable living and always try to bring this philosophy to our products. The UltimateCare 300 Washing machines is a perfect choice to help you care for both: make your clothes last longer and contribute to the long life of our planet. Find out our collection of Electrolux washing machine for subscription here.

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