Only wash your garments when they really need it. You can remove odours by using vodka. Pour straight vodka into a spray bottle, hang your garments, spritz them with the vodka, and let them air dry. Odours will be neutralised once the vodka evaporates.
When you do need to wash your textiles:
- Use cold water as much as possible. This reduces energy use and helps avoid fading.
- If possible, wash your garments by hand. Alternatively, use a gentle cycle such as 'delicate', 'wool' or 'hand wash'. Friction makes textiles loose colour and get worn faster.
- Use a mild, neutral soap. The less additives in the soap, the better. Preferably, use detergent that is biodegradable.
- Do not tumble dry. Hang to dry away from direct sunlight.