Green Tip #123: Follow Garment Instructions

I always check garment labels before I wash a new (or new to me) piece of clothing. While I don’t always follow them to a tee, I do pay special attention to those that say wash by hand and do not put in dryer. I really can’t say that I enjoy washing clothes by hand very much (in part because I washed a couple of loads this way when our washer broke down) but I do do it for certain garments, usually really nice pieces that I have received as a gift.  And of course for all of us women, there are those regular everyday items that require hand washing: bras. I must admit I dont usually hand wash mine but I do not put them in the dryer. Following garment instructions really prolongs the life of your clothes, so is a sustainable, if sometimes tiresome choice.

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