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Monday, October 18, 2010

6 Real Simple Laundry Tips

Hey Fashionista!

The past couple of weeks I've been shopping for new items to add to my Fall/Winter wardrobe.  Lots of knit sweaters, new boots, and comfy gloves and scarves.  I've also pulled out my cold weather clothing from the hidden place in the back of my closet. Of course, when I unwrapped my beloved items out of storage they smelt musty. It got me wondering what guidelines I could follow to make sure I wash these items properly before wearing them.  So here are a couple of tips I've gathered from Real Simple magazine for you to implement too! "6 Real Simple Laundry Tips-When to Wash It: The Winter Edition."

1. Sweaters

Washing Guidelines
*Wash after 2-5 wears*
You should wash cotton, silk, and cashmere after 2-3 wears, since these pieces are more delicate.  Wool and durable man-made blends, such as acrylic and polyester can withstand five wears. 

2. Leggings & Lounge Pants

Washing Guidelines
Wash after 1-3 wears....
You can sneak by with 2-3 wears if you're wearing these pants for comfort.  However, be sure to wash them after an exercise class at the gym.  Turn pants inside out and wash in cold water to prevent pilling and fading.  Skip the dryer if you invested in a designer pair.

3. Fleece Jackets & Sweatshirts

Washing Guidelines
Wash after 6-7 wears...
Fleece sweatshirts require more care than a normal, low maitenance cotton sweatshirt.  When washing a fleece sweatshirt, make sure you turn it inside out and wash it with like colors-- and without linty items, like towels.  Rinse twice so there's no detergent residue.  Air dry.

4. Hats, Gloves & Scarves

Washing Guidelines
Wash 3-5 times a season...
These items can be neglected because they cover small areas of our body.  Think about it, these items come in contact with facial oil, makeup, and perfume buildup, plus germs you pick up with your gloves.  Yuck! Be sure to handwash knits.  Dry clean leather gloves and structured hats. 

5. Hosiery

Washing Guidelines
Wash after every wear...
Since we wear these like socks it's best to handwash after every wear.  Make sure you hang dry afterwards. Bonus Tip: If you're haven't a clean pair of tights available, stick them in the dry for 10 minutes with a Refresh n' Dryer towel ($9, a reusable cloth that deodorizes.

6. Leather & Suede Jackets

Washing Guidelines
Wash once a season...
Thanks to the durable nature of leather and suede, you'll only need to wash once a season.  Make sure you leave the cleaning to an expert.  Treat accidental food droppings, like a mustard spot with "Leather CPR" ($12 for 8 oz. at and brush suede often to keep in top condition.  Make sure you wear a scarf with this type of jacket to prevent makeup and perfume from staining the collar.

Well, Fashionista, there you have 6 Real Simple Laundry Tips to keep your winter goods clean, fresh and sustainable!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Your Fashion Coach


  1. What brand is the leather jacket??? So cute!

  2. Hey Cave!! The jacket was from White House Black Market. They unfortunately don't have it anymore. However, and has some GREAT leather jackets that are really affordable right now- between $30-$48. Hope that helps you!


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