How to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Fresh – Our Top Tips!
When the temperature starts to rise, so does the need for extra care in order to keep our clothes and accessories lasting as long as they should. Sweat, stains and chemicals can all help to shorten the lifespan of our favourite pieces if we’re not careful. So stay cool in the summer with a few of our tips and tricks for avoiding warm-weather wear and tear.
Remember to rinse your swimwear as soon as you’re finished with it. Chlorine will break down fibres, not to mention build up to a putrid chemical smell. It’s best not to try to ring the water out of them as this will cause sagging in all the wrong places. Just let them drip and they’ll be dry in no time. To help your new togs hold their colour, treat them to a mixture of 1 tablespoon of vinegar per litre of water for about half an hour before rinsing. This will set the dye and help to stave off the fading that UV rays and chemicals will eventually bring.
Summer sure does love its linen – breathable, lightweight and even anti-fungal, it’s a must-have for the warmer months. Getting the most out of this fabric is as simple as throwing on your favourite linen dress and leaving the house – even though it has an unfoundedly bad rap for being difficult to care for. Be kind to them and you’ll see your linen pieces looking good all summer long for years to come. Keep them away from the heat (there’s really no need to tumble dry in December, anyway), wash them by hand or on a gentle machine cycle with as much water as possible to keep them moving freely, and air dry flat.
To keep sea salt from clouding and ruining your favourite leather sandals, concoct a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water and wipe with a towel, leaving them to air dry. Another must-do trick that will ensure safety around slippery areas like the pool is to rub the soles of your sandals on a bit of sandpaper or another rough surface. Just a bit of preventative texture to avoid slips and falls is a lot better than doing nothing at all!
We know it’s so easy and tempting to shove our sunglasses atop our heads to keep our hair out of our faces, but it’s time to stop the headband move! This actually stretches them out, so keep them in a case or hang them off your collar if you have no other option (but only if it’s sturdy!). Don’t forget to dust the sand off and clean with a microfiber cloth after days by the beach, too.
Summer stain removal
With all the parties and other summer fun to be had during the holiday season, getting a stain on your outfit is bound to happen sooner or later! But no need to panic – there’s a wealth of tips, tricks and surprises that will remove almost any type of stain. If you went too hard at the barbecue and slipped a sludge of tomato sauce on your shirt, ask your host for some dish-washing liquid and try to dab it out before you get home. For things like red wine, sprinkle baking soda and dab with a white vinegar-soaked paper towel, rinsing after with boiling water. Baking soda is also great for sweat spots, and for grass stains, look to a concoction of white vinegar and water.
We know doing the washing is the last thing we want to think about in the summer, especially when we could be sitting out on the deck with a book and an iced tea. Nevertheless, the warmer months really are the worst time to let your laundry sit around. Don’t give sunblock, chlorine and other chemicals a chance to really sink their paws into your clothing, especially deodorant, which can lead to discolouration and holes in the fabric.