Keeping it Fresh
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
With the weather fluctuating quite a bit these days, it’s either hot and humid or raining pretty badly. In times like that, you’re either getting drenched in sweat or trying to dry your clothes in every way possible. Needless to say, your clothes are affected by all this, resulting in some of your clothes losing that ‘fresh’ smell that we all love.
The good news is that you don’t have to worry about it too much. Using these simple tips, you can make sure your clothes will stay fresh and pleasant to wear no matter what the occasion may be.
You have a huge part to play on making sure your clothes, socks and shoes stay fresh. Needless to say, body odour and your hygiene have a huge impact on your clothes and everything else you wear. Having good hygiene practices will go a long way to prevent your clothes from losing their ‘fresh’ feeling.
More often than not, our wardrobes hold more clothes than we actually wear. Some of them are seasonal, others are simply overlooked.
By making sure you’re cycling your outfits and clothes with a ‘first in-first out’ system, you will prevent your clothes from catching that musty smell we all hate when clothes are left in the wardrobe for a certain period of time.
By cycling the clothes in your wardrobe, all of your outfits are worn and washed regularly, protecting the integrity of the fibres in your clothes as well as preventing any clothes from wearing out faster than you would want them to.
I’m sure you’re familiar with Naphthalene balls sold at the roadside. They help prevent that musty odour building up in your wardrobe. This is another way to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
Unfortunately, the smell of Naphthalene isn’t for everyone. A great alternative is to dab a cotton ball with an essential oil of your choosing and leaving it in the wardrobe instead. Lavender is my pick.
If you’re into arts and crafts, you could even make a DIY closet freshener using some cotton balls soaked in essential oil and some muslin cloth.
Keep them apart
If you don’t have a dryer at home, it can be difficult to keep clothes from catching that ‘damp’ smell when trying to dry clothes indoors.
The best thing you can do to prevent odour build-up in your clothes is to wash clothes and dry them as soon as possible. Don’t leave them in the dirty clothes hamper for too long.
After washing, don’t leave damp clothes unattended for too long. Also, when drying, don’t leave damp clothes too close together. Remember, moisture is your enemy.
Sri Lanka isn’t really spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric softener and conditioner brands. But a good fabric softener is your best friend in the situations we are talking about.
It prevents your body odour from building up in your clothes, and helps reduce any musty smell that comes with drying damp laundry during rainy days.
You could even mix some of it in a small spray bottle to use when ironing clothes and to spray into your wardrobe every now and then to help your clothes maintain that fresh smell.
However, if you are using an essential oil as mentioned earlier in your wardrobe, make sure the two scents don’t clash.