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How to extend the lifespan of your underwear: Try these sustainable care tips

Taking proper care of your underwear is essential for maximising its lifespan of your ONE Essentials, but how can you do that with the lowest environmental impact? In this blog post, we provide valuable care and maintenance tips to help you extend the longevity of your underwear. From washing techniques and storage methods to fabric care, learn how to keep your underwear in excellent condition for as long as possible.

1. Sorting and Washing Techniques:

Sort your underwear by colour and fabric type before washing to prevent colour bleeding and potential damage. Julia Davies, laundry expert and founder of Simply Laundry, advises, "Wash underwear in cold water on a gentle cycle using mild detergent to preserve its elasticity and colour". Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that can degrade the fabric over time.

Different fabrics require specific care to retain their quality We partner with Clevercare to promote environmentally friendly wash techniques. We recommend that you wash at lower temperatures to save energy with all of our items recommended to be washed at 30 degrees. However for underwear, we understand that you may want a deeper clean, to ensure your underwear is hygienically clean we recommend washing at sixty degrees. 

Did you know that putting your underwear on a longer cycle with a lower temperature can save energy? - Clevercare.

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2. Drying Methods:

Air-drying your underwear is the gentlest method to preserve its quality. Lay your underwear flat or hang them on a drying rack to prevent stretching. Avoid using a dryer as the high heat can weaken the elastic and cause shrinkage. 

3. Storage Tips:

    Proper storage plays a vital role in maintaining the underwear's shape and condition. Fold or roll your underwear neatly and place them in a designated drawer or organiser. Avoid overcrowding to prevent unnecessary stretching. 

    5. Rotate and Invest in Quality:

    To extend the lifespan of your underwear, create a rotation system. By regularly alternating between different pairs, you reduce wear and tear on individual items. Investing in quality underwear made from durable materials ensures longevity. Look for reinforced stitching, strong elastics, and high-quality fabrics that can withstand frequent wear and washing. Our underwear is designed and made to withstand heavy wash cycles staying softer for longer.

    6. Repair or Upcycle:

    Don't discard underwear with minor issues repurpose worn-out underwear as cleaning rags or cloth pads if suitable. Before you either return them to us for recycling or throw them in your garden to biodegrade - ensuring no more underwear ends up in landfill.

    By implementing these care and maintenance tips, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your underwear. Sorting and washing techniques, proper drying methods, suitable storage, fabric-specific care, rotation, and investing in quality all contribute to maintaining underwear's condition over time, taking these simple steps, you can reduce waste, save money, and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. 

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