How to store your cotton clothing
Cotton is an incredibly durable fabric and can be worn day-to-day with ease. Once washed, dried and ironed, your only consideration when storing is to prevent wrinkling; fold or hang cotton pants in a dresser, and always hang cotton shirts.
Moths and moth larvae aren’t a concern when it comes to cotton, as they prefer animal fibres over vegetable-based fibres, a problem that more commonly arises with cashmere care. If you are storing 100% cotton items long-term, you will need to take steps to protect them against carpet beetles and their larvae. Natural repellents, such as cedar oil and cedar balls, work exceptionally well.
For short-term storage, airtight plastic containers will protect against carpet beetles. However, for long-term storage, opt for fabric storage containers, as the cotton needs to breathe. Then store in cool, dark and dry spaces. Avoid attics and basements, as the fluctuations in temperature and humidity can damage cotton.
Repairing your cotton
Cotton is a very durable material, however, it can be prone to tears. Small rips can be repaired at home using a needle and thread. If you don’t have the time or necessary skills, a tailor or seamstress can perform more complex repairs.
How to make your cotton clothes last longer
- Always wash cotton clothes inside out to prevent fading
- Don’t overload your machine to ensure all items are washed properly
- Some cotton, such as denim, should be washed infrequently to help maintain its shape, colour and quality
- Using fabric softener will help cotton clothes feel softer and reduce wrinkling