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Coping with daily wardrobe & clothes changes

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PrimrosePrimrose Forumite
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    VfM4meplse wrote: »
    This helps neither the garment nor the environment. Its not just the water and detergent, what I didn't think about previously was the obvious: the microfibres that enter the system. As for leather gloves, is there any reason that you can't turn them inside out and wash / air them?

    I have more than enough clothes to last me for the next 40+ years of my life (yes, seriously!) and knowing just how much resource goes into textile production now don't intend to buy any more, unless I expand or shrink significantly. This is what comes of buying into consumerism in my late twenties - early thirties. I was working so hard at the time that retail was my therapy :o


    I can't help echoing these comments. Many people are washing clothes too regularly forgetting that water is a precious resource, and we now have increasing knowledge that every wash we do is releasing more microfibers into the disposal water, and ultimately into the oceans, to be ingested by the fish we eat.


    A lot of our modern practices like washing clothes more regularly have come about simply because technology has introduced the wherewithal to make life easier. If we had to use a wash tub and a mangle which was stored outside in the back yard in all weathers , we would not be washing our clothes so regularly ! We also have anti perspirants and deodorants which help to keep us and our clothes smelling better for longer.


    In my childhood, in wartime and post war austerity, we had none of this technology. Washing was of necessity kept to a minimum because there was no way of easily drying it, and far from bulging wardobes, we had an outfit for best and probably one blouse or skirt for wearing, and one in the wash.


    Whilst we can rejoice that we're all now wealthier and have a better standard of living, this has come at a severe environmental cost and I think we all have a responsibility, now that the facts are known, to do what we can to reduce our damaging footprint . If that means wearing clothes for longer before committing them to the washing machine, I think that's a reasonable thing to do.
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    Meh, I'm a vegan, don't have a car, haven't taken a flight since 2008 and am child-free. People would have to do a lot more than that to be as eco-friendly as I am!

    I don't intend to walk around in dirty, fur strewn clothing because of the environment.:rotfl:
  • PipneyJanePipneyJane Forumite
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    The only things that get worn once in our house are shirts/blouses, t-shirts, socks, stockings/tights and underwear; things that come into contact with the sweaty, smelly parts of the body. Everything-else is worn multiple times before washing. Jackets and work clothes get aired on the outside of the wardrobe door over night, before being put back in the closet.

    Most of my work suits are lucky if they get dry-cleaned once every six months. "This week's jeans/shorts" lurk on top of the linen basket when not worn, until I decide they need a wash. Once worn, jumpers, scarves and cardigans are assessed for smelliness/dirty marks, then folded and put back in the drawer if none are found.

    HTH

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    Underwear washed after one wear.
    Trousers and other 'outer wear' only as needed.
    Tops - am I the only one that does the sniff test?? If it fails the test, straight to the wash. If it passes, back into the drawer - inside out so that I know that it's been worn previously.


    Oh, and regular showering helps...
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  • ouraggieouraggie Forumite
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    I have a plastic crate in the spare bedroom. Anything that can be worn again is neatly folded and put in there. I look in here first when deciding what to wear today!
    If a garment has been in there a few days I often air it outside on the line for an hour when it's windy. However I too try to finish off any garment I have started as soon as possible. I must confess to feeling most chuffed when I manage to empty the crate by careful matching of crate content to forthcoming activity!

    The crate is only for jeans, jogging bottoms, shorts etc.
    Tops and cardis get hung up on the outer side of the wardrobe in the 6" between the wall and wardrobe. I have a plastic hook thing that holds 5 hangers one in front of the other, that I think was sold as a thing to hang over a doorframe to hang your freshly ironed shirts on. I can hang it on the wardrobe because the wardrobe has a handy wooden cornice that it fits over.
    As I work from home I frequently find myself wearing a pair of socks for two hours when eating out in the evening or going food shopping. So these socks are pegged on a trouser hanger with the above mentioned tops and finished off next time I need to wear socks for an hour.

    On a similar note,, I wonder if other people have a system as regards wearing out clothes. I have 4 categories of jeans, tops, cardigans etc
    1. wear these at home during the day when you are alone (faded, misshapen, hole in it etc
    2. wear at home when others are present (still decent, but not good enough to leave the house in)
    3. wear to go out to supermarket, bank etc (mostly demoted 4s)
    4. wear only for best
    Meanwhile my OH happily wears his "4" garments when lounging around the house or painting the shed or attempts to put on a "1" shirt to wear to his firm's annual BBQ! He absolutely can't see any difference between them and gets mad when I suggest he gets changed.
    My 4 is probably my sister's 2!!!!
    Anyone else follow a similar system?
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    ouraggie wrote: »
    On a similar note,, I wonder if other people have a system as regards wearing out clothes. I have 4 categories of jeans, tops, cardigans etc
    1. wear these at home during the day when you are alone (faded, misshapen, hole in it etc
    2. wear at home when others are present (still decent, but not good enough to leave the house in)
    3. wear to go out to supermarket, bank etc (mostly demoted 4s)
    4. wear only for best

    Anyone else follow a similar system?


    Yes!! Or rather - sort of. Some items will only ever be for 'best' (I'm never going to wear my sparkly sequined Christmas party frock for gardening, no matter how tatty it gets!!) - but I certainly use this method for jeans -

    1. Brand new jeans, perfect for going to the pub or the pictures or any other smart casual event
    2. A bit baggy in the knees, past their prime - supermarket, out with the grandchildren
    3. Wearing thin, style a bit dated - slouching around at home watching the TV or doing the housework
    4. Actual holes - gardening, painting, washing the car, DIY. Although holes in jeans are on-trend at the moment so that could be a cost saving...

    5. Already covered in paint splashes - really grotty jobs like cleaning the drains.


    Sadly I've just had to demote my grade 1 jeans to grade 2, so will have to be brave and go and buy a new pair before I'm Out again.
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    Reverting back to washing - there was a time when the shirt wasn’t washed nearly as often as the detachable collar.
  • Sea_ShellSea_Shell Forumite
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    You know you're getting old when you find yourself saying "they'll do for the garden"!!

    Be it jeans, tops or slippers!!
    " That pound I saved yesterday, is a pound I don't have to earn tomorrow ":beer: JOB DONE!!
    This should now read "It's time to start digging up those Squirrelled Nuts"!!! :j:j:j
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    Simby wrote: »

    Leather gloves discard after 3 months


    For real?



    I've had the same leather gloves for 20 years and only bought those because I lost one of my previous pair. They are lovely, soft and certainly don't smell. I consider them a high value item to be looked after.





    I have an old fashioned clothes horse, which is just a fancy version of the chair method :p But clothes get cleaned if dirty and worn if not. Most items do not benefit from regular washing. I have dresses that are several decades old. Reading this thread I feel a bit thrifty, but I'm not. I spend a lot of money on individual clothing items, but I look after them and keep them a long time. In any given year I don't spend much at all on replacing clothes.
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