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How to extend the life of your underwear

‘Repair and mending doesn’t mean we can’t afford to buy something new, it means we can’t afford something being thrown away. What used to be a badge of shame is now something to be proud of’ – Fashion Revolution.

Did you know? Extending the life of clothes by just 9 months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30% each!

So how can you extend the life of your Y.O.U undies? Here are some easy ways:

💚Wash in a cool wash (max 30 degrees)

💚Turn your undies inside-out when washing

💚Wash your bralette less often – once a week is enough!

💚Hand dry for a smooth, crinkle-free finish (in case you’re the sort to iron your undies!)

💚Add half a cup of white vinegar to your laundry loads to remove pesky stains, add brightness to whites and neutralise odours.

Organic cotton hasn’t been treated with the same harsh chemicals as conventional cotton, so its fibres are far more durable and long-lasting.

Organic cotton

Here’s some advice on extending the life of your clothes more generally:

💚Removing stains:

  • Tea and coffee: soak the garment in 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 water, to lift the stain before washing.
  • Make-up: shaving cream works wonders! Leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
  • Food: soak the whole garment in warm soapy water before washing.
  • Wine: add salt to the stain as soon as possible and scrub it in with a toothbrush. Leave for 20 minutes, shaking off and adding fresh salt halfway through. Then add some clear liquid soap, rinse under a cold tap, and then wash as normal.

💚Always do up any zips on your clothes and turn them inside-out before washing.

💚Check the label! Different fabrics require different washing techniques and temperatures.

💚Wash clothes made from synthetic fibres in a guppy friend washing bag to prevent the shedding of microfibres!

For some more great tips and resources on extending the life of your clothes, check out this Fashion Revolution Publication on ‘Loved Clothes Last’.

Have you got any of your own great hacks? Share them by commenting below - we'd love to hear your ideas :) 


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