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Wear them well, ditch the smell

Four waterless laundry hacks to keep your clothes fresh and clean while also being kind to the environment.

Guest blogger Tiffany Poon says: Save water and stay fresh!

Doing laundry is rarely something that any self-respecting person would consider optional, particularly when a piece of clothing is stained. But since doing laundry too frequently has become a subject of controversy it’s time to test out other methods of cleaning your dirty clothing in a way that promotes the longevity of garments.

1. The vinegar method

The low pH level of vinegar is effective in removing odours in clothing. Dilute the vinegar by adding an equal ratio of water (50/50) into a spray bottle, turn your dirty garment inside out and test the vinegar solution. If it doesn’t change the colour of the fabric on the inside then it’s safe to use.

Squirt the solution evenly over the fabric. Don’t worry if there is an initial stench of vinegar as the scent will dissipate as it dries. Hang the clothing outdoors to dry and air off naturally.

2. The freezer method

Cleaning denim in a washing machine at warm temperatures results in damage to the fabric, meaning that jeans lose their shape and start to sag. But how about freezing? Believe it or not, putting jeans in the freezer overnight will leave them crisp and clean as the low temperature eradicates germs and bacteria.

3. The hairspray method

It’s a well known phenomenon that hairspray can be used to remove specific types of stains, including ink and even lipstick. To remove the stain, spray the garment from a distance of 20cm, directing the nozzle at the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse by hand and hang out to dry.

4. The vodka method

The answer to all of life’s problems is booze. No, seriously. If you ever wondered what the active ingredient is in hairspray that removes stains, it’s alcohol. Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spritz onto clothing. This will remove any unpleasant odours. While you’re at it, why not prepare yourself a cocktail and make doing laundry a little more fun?

Employing one or more of these cleaning methods will help reduce unnecessary water usage and keep you smelling fresh!

This article was written for Again Magazine, created by students from the MA Fashion Journalism course at the London College of Fashion and inspired by the ethos of Love Your Clothes.