When it comes to caring for your child's school clothes, what techniques work for you?
With parents of primary-aged school children spending upwards of £250.00 per year on school uniform for each child, taking care of these clothes afterwards is paramount if you want to save money.
We know many of you have your own tried and tested methods for taking care of your child's school clothes. Please feel free to share them with us. We want to hear what works and doesn't work for you. In the meantime, we've put together a few tried and tested methods to help you increase the life-cycle of your child's school clothes.
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To kick us off:
1. Ensure to follow the care label's instructions.
If it says "only wash at 40DGS", then the advice is to not exceed this temperature.
School garments - by their very nature - are prone to shrink when subject to intense heat and would thus be rendered unfit for purpose after an exceptionally short space of time.
Check out this useful article on care labels.
2. Basic washing machine maintenance.
This is another excellent method of ensuring positive outcomes for your children's school uniform.
Regular filter and door rubber seal checks can very often reveal an assortment of articles from broken pencils, sweet papers and lose change.
Sounds familiar? Such items if undetected, could damage your clothes and machine, with pencils snagging and mercilessly tearing away fabrics during the washing process - thus leaving you with the unfortunate task of shelling out more unnecessary money on engineering bills and uniform replacements.
We highly recommend that you check pockets and sleeves thoroughly before placing such items of clothing into your machine.
Checkout these useful laundry tips
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3. Colour catchers.
You could try introducing these in with your washing; Supposedly designed to eliminate colour washing rules completely.
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4. Wear An Apron.
Another excellent suggestion for increasing the life-cycle of your children's clothes is to encourage them to wear an apron when helping out in the kitchen, or when participating in craft sessions at school.
Try to see the apron as a small life-time insurance policy against uniform damage. For the cost of one of our PVC aprons at £8.99, you could end up saving in excess of £100.00 over the school year on dry cleaning, repairs and replacements.
Just imagine what you could do with £100.00. It could quite easily finance a school trip, text books and stationery; A special gift even.
Buy yours today and watch the savings quickly increase.
Remember: whatever the theme, the apron always keeps them clean!
5. Avoid tumble drying clothes where at all possible.
Line drying your clothes will not only make them smell fresher, but The sun's ultraviolet rays is a great source of antiseptic which kills bacteria.
Tumble-dried clothes also produce lint and culminates in fabric deterioration and pilling.
Apparently, an average tumble dry cycle uses just over 4kWh of energy and produces around 1.8kg CO2.
If all households with a tumble dryer hung up one load of washing outside each week, we would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year.
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