Ever looked at your favourite shirt and wished it could stay as fresh as the day you bought it? You're not alone. We all want our clothes to stand the test of time. And considering an average 4-person household does 470 loads of laundry per year – that's more than one load per day – it's clear we're all searching for ways to make our clothes last longer. But the secret to longevity isn't as tricky as you might think. These tips will not only save you money but will also keep Mother Earth smiling.
Sustainable fashion hacks: Prolonging your wardrobe's lifespan
1 - Gentle washing
Here's a little insider knowledge – the gentle wash cycle and cold water setting on your washing machine aren’t just there for fun. Using hot water can dull those vibrant colours and weaken the fabric faster than you'd think. That’s why all washable Miik styles are cold-water-wash only! Choosing cooler washes not only helps your outfits keep their shape and shade, but it's also a step towards eco-conscious laundry. In the grand scheme of sustainable fashion choices, a little coolness goes a long way. Every wash plays its part in a bigger, greener picture.
BONUS: Don’t use fabric softener. Like, ever! There are many reasons fabric softener should be avoided, among them that it will make your clothing wear out faster.
2 - Turn your clothes inside out
It might seem like a small step, but flipping your clothes inside out before a wash can be a game-changer. This simple act protects the visible side of your garments from the washing machine, minimizing friction and direct exposure to detergents. Over time, this can make a notable difference in preventing fading and maintaining the fabric's integrity. Plus, those graphic tees and printed designs will stay sharp and vibrant for many more wears.
3 - Limit machine drying
The convenience of tossing wet clothes into the dryer and getting warm, fluffy results in an hour is tempting. But if you want to give your clothes some extra love, let them hang out and air dry. We recommend doing this for all your washable Miik styles – let them lay flat or hang them after washing. Those dryers might be speedy, but they can also be rough with your clothes, leading to the dreaded shrinkage, fading, pilling and worn-out elastic fibres. Give air drying a try and not only will your favourite pieces last longer, but you'll also score some eco-friendly brownie points and reduce that energy bill.
4 - Hand wash delicates
Items like lingerie, undergarments, swimwear, and anything made from silky, fragile fabrics deserve a gentle touch. Ditch the machine and take a little extra time to hand-wash them. Not only will they keep their structure and appearance, but you'll also be giving them some extra life. Your wardrobe will thank you for the VIP treatment.
5 - Proper storage
How you store your clothes is just as important as how you wash them. Think of your closet as a VIP lounge for your clothes. Delicate items? Roll out the red carpet with padded hangers. Heavier items? Best to fold them – hanging can lead to unwanted stretching. Own one of our famous open-back jumpsuits? We know they can be tricky; here’s a vid on how you can hang them. Make sure your garments have enough space; they shouldn't be packed too tight. And a golden rule before packing clothes away: always check and treat any stains. This step helps keep them ready for their next outing and prevents stains from becoming permanent. With smart storage habits, you're doing more than tidying up — you're keeping your wardrobe in top shape for years to come.
6 - Spot cleaning
Coffee spills or a rogue ketchup splash? Life happens! But instead of freaking out or banishing that garment to the back of your closet, get on that stain ASAP. By mastering some basic spot-cleaning methods for different fabrics and messes, you can quickly tackle those stains without resorting to a full-on laundry session. Not only does it save your clothes from the intense washing, but it also means that accidental spills won't ruin your favourite outfit. Pro tip: do your research on what gets out your specific stain the best (and gently)! Stain removal is different depending on what you’re trying to remove.
7 - Avoid overwashing
Overwashing is a wardrobe's worst enemy. Think about it: does that pair of jeans really need a wash after just one outing? Clothes like jeans, sweaters, and jackets can handle a few wears before they truly need a good cleanse. By cutting back on unnecessary wash cycles, you're not just saving water and energy, but you're also reducing wear and tear on your favourite pieces. And less strain on the fabric means they'll keep looking sharp and feeling comfy for much longer. So, next time you're about to toss something into the laundry basket, ask yourself: does it really need a wash, or can it wait for another wear or two?
8 - Mend small issues promptly
We've all been there – noticing a tiny loose thread or a button hanging by a single stitch and thinking, "I'll deal with it later." But here's the inside scoop: those little wardrobe malfunctions can escalate pretty quickly. By jumping on those minor damages early, like fixing that rebellious button or taming an unruly hem, you can avoid a fashion SOS later on. So, next time you spot a small tear or a starting-to-stray stitch, give it a little TLC. Think of it as a mini-makeover for your clothes, keeping them runway-ready for years to come.
9 - Protect from pests
So, you've sorted, cleaned, and stored your clothes with all the love in the world, but there's another sneaky threat lurking in the shadows: pests. Moths and silverfish aren't just stuff of old wardrobes and attics; they can wreak havoc on modern closets too. But before you go on a bug-hunting spree, consider a more peaceful approach. Storing your garments with natural repellents, like cedar blocks or lavender sachets, can keep these little critters at bay. Not only do these solutions give your closet a fresh scent, but they also protect your favourite outfits from unwanted holes and damages. Think of it as setting up a protective shield around your wardrobe – and trust us, it's worth the extra step!
10 - Rotate your wardrobe
Ever notice how we tend to gravitate towards the same few outfits in our wardrobe, week in and week out? While it's great to have those trusty go-to pieces in your capsule wardrobe, it's also essential to give them a break now and then. Regularly switching up your outfit choices ensures that no single item takes the brunt of constant wear. Think of it like giving your clothes a mini-vacation. This little breather allows fibres to recuperate, keeping them in top shape for longer. By rotating, you also rediscover forgotten items and ensure every piece gets its moment in the spotlight. It's a win-win: your style stays fresh, and your favourite garments stick around longer.
Taking care of your clothes goes way beyond the occasional wash and dry. It's about being mindful at every step, from the moment you wear them to when you store them away.
It's about sustainability, yes, but it's also about cherishing and respecting the pieces that make us feel uniquely us. So, the next time you're about to toss that shirt into the wash or hang that dress back in the closet, take a moment to think about how you can prolong its life. Because every stitch and every fibre deserves our care and attention.
Sustainable fashion isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a lifestyle.
With much love,
Your Miik team 🤍