Ultimativer Guide zur Pflege von nachhaltiger Kleidung - NIKIN EU

Ultimate guide to caring for sustainable clothing

In our hectic times, in which fast fashion too often becomes the norm, the importance of sustainable clothing is becoming more and more important. But what use is the most environmentally friendly piece to us if it is not properly cared for and therefore wears out quickly? In this blog post we have compiled tips and tricks from our product team.

Sustainable clothing can be made from a variety of materials, from recycled polyester to organic cotton. Some of these materials, such as wool, silk or Tencel, require special care. It is therefore advisable to always take a look at the care labels on your clothes before putting them in the wash. This way you can quickly see whether a piece can be washed by hand, machine washed or even just dry cleaned.

Choose the right detergent

A decisive factor for the lifespan of your clothing and environmental protection is choosing the right detergent. If you value sustainability, it is better to use powdered detergents in a carton instead of liquid detergents in plastic bottles. Many brands now also offer eco-friendly options that are kind to both your clothes and our planet.

Minimize environmental impact

Most of us know that washing clothes involves significant water consumption. To reduce this, you can make sure to only start the washing machine when it is actually full. Washing at lower temperatures not only saves energy, but also protects your clothes.

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Repair and upgrade clothing

Instead of throwing away a piece of clothing as soon as a small defect occurs, you can repair it or even upgrade it. A hole in a sweater could perhaps be covered with beautiful embroidery (also called “visible mending”), and an old pair of jeans can quickly be turned into stylish shorts.

Remove stubborn stains

Before you resort to harsh chemicals, you can try treating stains with home remedies such as gall soap, salt or cold water. These methods are often just as effective and much gentler on your clothing and the environment.

Proper storage

The way you store your clothes can also have a big impact on their lifespan. Instead of bunching your clothes, fold them or hang them up. For delicate items such as silk blouses or cashmere sweaters, we recommend storing them in special garment bags.

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Drying and ironing

Although it's tempting to quickly tumble dry your laundry, this is often not the best method, especially for sustainable garments. Many materials suffer from the heat and lose their shape or color. When ironing, you should also pay attention to the correct temperature depending on the material and, if necessary, place a damp cloth between the iron and the garment.

Final Thoughts

Sustainable clothing is not only an investment in the environment, but also in your own wardrobe. With the right care, you can ensure that your favorite pieces last for a long time. And don't forget, sometimes less is more: only wash your clothes when they are really dirty and avoid unnecessary washing.

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