Garment Care Guide
One of the most sustainable things we can do as a consumers is to take care of the items we own.
We hope that you’re excited about each and every Modern Citizen piece, but we also hope that you’re
thoughtfully adding to your collection of well-cared for garments — regardless of where you bought them.
Washing
Wash less
You don't need to wash your clothing every time you wear it (especially layering items like sweaters). You can even wait to wash cotton, silk, and cashmere every 3-5 wears.
Hang dry your clothes
For sweaters, try wrapping in a towel to absorb moisture and then lay flat to dry. Air drying uses less electricity and helps maintain the integrity of your garment (as well as helping avoid shrinkage).
Set your washing machine to Cold
This uses less energy and keeps the color of your clothes deep and vibrant.
Hand wash instead of dry cleaning
Think of it as quality time with your most special pieces (and money back in your pocket).
If you must dry-clean, do it selectively
You don’t need to go to the cleaner every time you wear a DCO garment. Use a green dry-cleaner (one that doesn't use perchloroethylene "perc" chemicals, which are toxic), and bring your own bag instead of using the plastic ones!
Try steaming the natural way
Hang wrinkled clothing in the bathroom while you take a hot shower, and let that cozy steam double task.
Pilling
Pills are when groups of short or broken fibers on the surface of fabric get tangled together into a little ball, generally in the areas of clothing that experience the most friction. They’re the downfall of knit-lovers and soft fabric enthusiasts everywhere. But pilling is both preventable and removable. Don’t throw that sweater away - reviving it doesn’t have to be a bitter pill to swallow (sorry).
To prevent pilling
wash on Gentle or hand wash, turn your garment inside out before washing and wash your delicates together. Don't overload the washer, use fabric softener, and avoid the dryer at all costs (see air-drying tips above!).
To remove
use a fabric comb or battery-operated pill remover (sometimes known as a “sweater shaver”) - these pull the knotted fibers away from the surface of the fabric. You can also use laundry detergent that contains the enzyme cellulase, which breaks down existing pills during wash.
Pilling
Other Tips
Fold your sweaters rather than hanging them
This will keep them from stretching out so you don't have to wash them as often.
Use a tailor!
If something you have doesn’t fit right, try getting it altered to give it new life rather than just throwing it away. Tailoring can help account for both changes in your body and fit preference in the trend cycle. Find a tailor in your area that you trust, and know that you’re cutting down on waste, avoiding having to buy a new garment and supporting a local artisan and small business with every trip you take.
Repair minor damages at home
Sweater snags can easily be fixed by turning the garment inside out and pulling the loose thread through with a needle or crochet hook. Fallen buttons can be sewn back on with a needle, thread and extremely home ec-level sewing skills.
Be kind to your clothes
Don’t leave them on the bathroom floor or crumpled up in your gym bag for 3 weeks at a time. One of the biggest pitfalls of fast fashion is that it makes pieces feel disposable, and that’s how millions and millions of garments end up in landfills every year. We want to change that - we want every piece you own to feel so special that you want to look after it properly. Take care of your clothes and they’ll take care of you - plus, we promise you’ll be more excited to see and wear them if you treat them with love ❤️