Laundry tips from Rajo Laurel and Amina Aranaz
So much laundry, so little time. Washing machines are lifesavers, but we also need to know how to take care of clothes when they go through these tumbling machines.
FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the its Council members Mommy Mundo Founder and mompreneur Janice Villanueva, and executive director and teacher of SoFA Design Institute, and Creative Director of fashion accessories and bag label ARANÁZ Amina Aranaz-Alunan, share tips on how to keep your clothes looking new for longer.
1. Turn Your Clothes Inside-Out
When it came to machine washing, acclaimed fashion designer Rajo Laurel advised women to turn their clothes in reverse and wash them inside out. It not only helps preserve color but also minimizes the risk of damage to stitching or embroidery on the exterior of your clothes.
2. Pre-wash your store-bought garments
Thinking of wearing your clothes fresh from the store rack? According to Rajo Laurel, this is a don’t as companies treat their clothes to a certain spray to protect them from insects, especially here in the Philippines as our weather is hot and humid. Rajo’s advice was to wash clothes as soon as they’re bought and before they are worn.
3. Read the Care Instructions
Both Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Rajo Laurel stressed the importance of reading the laundry care instructions on the clothing labels. From using cold vs. hot water in the wash to recommendations on how best to iron or hang clothes, these guidelines are there to help ensure that your clothes remain in the best shape. By reading and following the care instructions, your clothes will definitely last longer.
4. Hang or Fold?
To help keep clothes in the right shape, Amina Aranaz-Alunan also shared that it was important to know whether a certain piece needs to be hung or best to be folded to keep its form. “The best example of this being to fold a sweater instead of hanging it. By hanging a sweater, the fabric used might stretch. In order to keep its form, it’s best to fold it instead,” Aranaz-Alunan said.
5. Protect Delicate Items through an Old Stocking
Rajo also shared that another way to protect clothes with beading or embroidery is to place them inside an old stocking. He further explained that “the stocking is more pino. The holes basically are able to protect them. The water can penetrate but the beads won’t fly out.”
6. Yellowing? Use Candle Wax
Have you ever opened your closet to put on a white shirt or blouse that you’ve been storing and been surprised by yellow stains? Laurel shared a creative way to keep your whites white – by using candle wax.
“What you do is simple. You get a white candle and you rub it around the collar lalo na if you’re going to store it. What happens there is that like any fabric, the main enemy of the material is sunlight and humidity so light and water. The wax protects it from both humidity and from light,” explained Rajo.
7. Find the Right Machine
When asked about effective and reliable ways of caring for the items we love, both Aranaz-Alunan and Janice Villanueva stressed the importance of a reliable washing machine brand.
When it comes to caring for clothes, Villanueva talked about the investing in the right machine, tools, and technology. “Technology is there for convenience because we live busy lives,” she explained. “Everything is Electrolux in my house it saves time, energy, money, stress, and there are functionalities that are so well thought of such as baby-care, anti-allergen, and vapor-action which helps against amoy kulob.”
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