Garment care

Approximately ¼ of a garment’s environmental footprint happens after it leaves the store. Something as simple as doing your laundry can make a big difference for the environment. We’ve put together a list of tips that will make the environment, your energy bill and your clothes happier. And you know what? The lazier you are, the better.

Wash less. Much less.

Most of us wash most of our clothes too often. Be lazier. By cutting down on unnecessary laundry cycles, you can easily reduce the size of your garment’s environmental footprint. Not to mention save your clothes the wear and tear of a machine cycle, making them look their best longer. You’ll like the effect on your energy bill too. It’s a triple win. Use your eyes and nose to determine when you really should schedule in a laundry day. And take a look at our tips below to cut down on machine washing even further by refreshing and cleaning your garments in between washes. Note: socks and underwear should be washed after every use.

Air your dirty laundry

Airing in between washes refreshes your clothes and helps your cut down on washes. A short stint in the fresh air or even just hung over the back of a chair in your apartment overnight can make a difference. Another tip is to hang things up in in the bathroom while you shower: the humid air is extra efficient, and as a bonus will make your clothes look smoother.

Brush more than just your teeth

Brushing is a great way to refresh clothes, especially coarser, sturdier fabrics like wool blends in coats etcetera.

Spot clean

Save energy by manually remove stains in between machine washes. Try to spot clean as soon as possible, that’s easier.

Only wash full loads

Half empty machines use almost as much energy as full ones, and you get less clean laundry out of it.

Wash cooler

A really lazy tip: don’t even turn the temperature up. Did you know that just picking 30° over 40° or even 60° on your washing machine represents a considerable energy save? Did you also know that care labels state the highest temperature the garment can be washed at, not a recommended temperature? Modern detergents are so efficient that your clothes will be just as clean in 30°. If your machine has an eco setting, choose that.

Bonus tip: turn your jeans inside out to prevent damage to the wash (aka the colour) and save them from wear and tear.

Don't use too much detergent

Your clothes won’t be any cleaner for it, and the extra chemicals won’t make the environment any happier. Check the packaging for recommendations.

Always look for an eco-label. Many of the chemicals used in detergent have a negative environmental impact, so picking a good one makes a difference. Avoid fabric softeners.

Tumble dry: nope. Line dry: yes, yes, yes

If you’re only going to change one thing, change this. Tumble dryers and drying cabinets may be convenient, but they use a lot of energy. A lot. Hanging your clothes up to dry the natural way is much better for the environment and your clothes. Use a clothes line or a clothes horse. Remember to reshape the wet garments (stretch at the seams etcetera) to help them come out smooth-looking.

Tip: For heavy knits, fex wool and wool blend sweaters, remember to check the care label; they probably keep their shape and size better if you flat dry them. Use a towel.

Only iron if you have to

Hang drying instead of tumble drying can save you ironing time as well as the energy cost of heating and running an iron. Just remember to reshape your clothes before you hang them to dry. For an even better result, use hangers for shirts, blouses, dresses and so on.

If your clothes are already clean and dry, hang them in your bathroom when you shower. The moist air will act a bit like a steamer, helping reduce the creases.

All our garments are marked with the Clevercare label. For more tips go to clevercare.info

If the stains won't go away

Repair, redesign or recycle. Some stains just won’t go away. A patch can be the perfect solution (and a great way to add personality) but we’re fans of all kinds of simple redesigns. Check out our jeanious hacks for inspiration. But nothing lasts for ever. When a garment has come to the end of its life cycle (in your wardrobe anyway), remember: you can recycle any textiles in any Monki store, anywhere in the world. We’ll give you a 10% discount to say thanks.

Garment care

Approximately ¼ of a garment’s environmental footprint happens after it leaves the store. Something as simple as doing your laundry can make a big difference for the environment. We’ve put together a list of tips that will make the environment, your energy bill and your clothes happier. And you know what? The lazier you are, the better.

Wash less. Much less.

Most of us wash most of our clothes too often. Be lazier. By cutting down on unnecessary laundry cycles, you can easily reduce the size of your garment’s environmental footprint. Not to mention save your clothes the wear and tear of a machine cycle, making them look their best longer. You’ll like the effect on your energy bill too. It’s a triple win. Use your eyes and nose to determine when you really should schedule in a laundry day. And take a look at our tips below to cut down on machine washing even further by refreshing and cleaning your garments in between washes. Note: socks and underwear should be washed after every use.

Air your dirty laundry

Airing in between washes refreshes your clothes and helps your cut down on washes. A short stint in the fresh air or even just hung over the back of a chair in your apartment overnight can make a difference. Another tip is to hang things up in in the bathroom while you shower: the humid air is extra efficient, and as a bonus will make your clothes look smoother.

Brush more than just your teeth

Brushing is a great way to refresh clothes, especially coarser, sturdier fabrics like wool blends in coats etcetera.

Spot clean

Save energy by manually remove stains in between machine washes. Try to spot clean as soon as possible, that’s easier.

Only wash full loads

Half empty machines use almost as much energy as full ones, and you get less clean laundry out of it.

Wash cooler

A really lazy tip: don’t even turn the temperature up. Did you know that just picking 30° over 40° or even 60° on your washing machine represents a considerable energy save? Did you also know that care labels state the highest temperature the garment can be washed at, not a recommended temperature? Modern detergents are so efficient that your clothes will be just as clean in 30°. If your machine has an eco setting, choose that.

Bonus tip: turn your jeans inside out to prevent damage to the wash (aka the colour) and save them from wear and tear.

Don't use too much detergent

Your clothes won’t be any cleaner for it, and the extra chemicals won’t make the environment any happier. Check the packaging for recommendations.

Always look for an eco-label. Many of the chemicals used in detergent have a negative environmental impact, so picking a good one makes a difference. Avoid fabric softeners.

Tumble dry: nope. Line dry: yes, yes, yes

If you’re only going to change one thing, change this. Tumble dryers and drying cabinets may be convenient, but they use a lot of energy. A lot. Hanging your clothes up to dry the natural way is much better for the environment and your clothes. Use a clothes line or a clothes horse. Remember to reshape the wet garments (stretch at the seams etcetera) to help them come out smooth-looking.

Tip: For heavy knits, fex wool and wool blend sweaters, remember to check the care label; they probably keep their shape and size better if you flat dry them. Use a towel.

Only iron if you have to

Hang drying instead of tumble drying can save you ironing time as well as the energy cost of heating and running an iron. Just remember to reshape your clothes before you hang them to dry. For an even better result, use hangers for shirts, blouses, dresses and so on.

If your clothes are already clean and dry, hang them in your bathroom when you shower. The moist air will act a bit like a steamer, helping reduce the creases.

All our garments are marked with the Clevercare label. For more tips go to clevercare.info

If the stains won't go away

Repair, redesign or recycle. Some stains just won’t go away. A patch can be the perfect solution (and a great way to add personality) but we’re fans of all kinds of simple redesigns. Check out our jeanious hacks for inspiration. But nothing lasts for ever. When a garment has come to the end of its life cycle (in your wardrobe anyway), remember: you can recycle any textiles in any Monki store, anywhere in the world. We’ll give you a 10% discount to say thanks.