You may be washing and ironing your clothes unnecessarily—here’s why.
Do you wash your tops after every wearing? A recent conversation at a craft fair sparked today's blog subject. A customer told me that after years of teaching high school she had begun teaching first grade and found that she no longer had the time to iron her Sympatico tops. She also told me she usually laundered those tops after every wearing. I let her know that from years of wearing Sympatico's hemp/Tencel fabric, I’ve found I can often get away with a second or even third wearing before tossing tops in the laundry hamper. And ironing is often unnecessary too, thanks to the fabric’s nicely textured hand
The beauty of the hemp/Tencel blend I use is it’s tendency to release odors as well as wrinkles with a minimum of fuss. Here’s my approach: After a day’s wear, I check the top in good light to confirm there are no spills or stains. If it looks rumpled, I put the garment on a hanger and spritz it with a little water. If the wrinkle factor is especially notable, I hang the garment in the bathroom where the moisture will help the fabric relax and smooth out. The next day, the garment is usually fresh, rumple-free and ready for another day’s wear! Only as a last resort do I break out an iron.
I understand that everyone has different rumple-tolerance standards. And there are several factors that influence the look of an un-ironed Sympatico top: its age, whether it's in lightweight or midweight fabric, and even the amount of dye in the garment all impact its appearance. But for many folks, the spritz-and-hang method results in a perfectly wearable appearance. The payoff, of course, is extended garment life and a reduced environmental footprint. Give it a try and let me know what you think.