Living in Canada begins with knowing what to wear and how to care for your clothes.
The weather is extreme here, so clothes need to be of good quality to protect you well. Good outfits need good care! Looking after them and using the best cleaning agents is just as important as investing in the clothes themselves.
Tip : After each season, store your seasonal wear in boxes or re-sealable airtight bags.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to look after your clothes, season after season.
Make sure you choose the best detergents to care for your clothes. Tide is a trusted brand that you’ve known from back home and is hugely popular in Canada. Before you get started, note the laundry symbols on each garment and wash accordingly.
Be sure to wash clothes in batches: white fabrics first, followed by darker fabrics. Wash delicate synthetics and woollens separately. Use hot water for white fabrics and cold water for deeper shades.
1. Select a Tide detergent customised to your needs.
- Tide Plus Bleach Alternative: Gives you whiter whites and brighter brights after just one wash
- Tide Total Care: Keeps coloured clothes bright and fresh
- Tide plus Ultra Stain Release: Lifts grass-stains and food stains from your children’s clothes. (It even comes with a Zap! Cap to help you scrub out more stubborn stains.)
2. Fill the washing machine with a full load but take care to not overload or the clothes will get jammed.
3. Zip up socks and undergarments in a laundry mesh bag to avoid the dreaded missing sock syndrome!
4. Add the right amount of Tide laundry detergent and Downy Fabric softener for a soft, fragrant wash.
5. Select the wash cycle: The machine will automatically adjust water quantity according to the load.
6. After washing, move your clothes to the dryer and select the correct drying cycle. Add a Bounce dryer sheet before shutting the door.
7. Iron only those clothes that need ironing.
8. Hang them neatly in your wardrobe.
It is better to hand wash and hang-dry delicate clothes to prevent colour bleeding, fading and ruining any embroidery or embellishments. Dry cleaning helps preserve their lustre and texture best.
To wash new outfits for the first time:
1. Soak them in cold water with a little salt thrown in.
2. Wring out and wash in the washing machine with colour-preserving Tide Ultra
- For sweat or grass stained school wear: Wash in cold water with Tide Coldwater. It removes stubborn stains and leaves clothes fragrant.
- For odour elimination: Use Tide Simply Clean and Fresh
3. Note the laundry symbols on each garment and dry accordingly
Bring out your light woollens, fleece or leather jackets to protect the family from wind chill. Fall is also the perfect season to wear fitted denim jeans with boots.
For denims: Wash denim jeans sparingly, inside out with Tide Coldwater. Use Downy Fabric softener or they might end up stiff. Hang-dry denims on a clothesline.
Woollens last longer if they are dry-cleaned, but be sure to check the label. If the label allows you to wash your wool, fleece, cashmere garment or heat-insulating thermal underclothes, gently soak them in cold water, use a delicate liquid detergent and rinse out.
Never wring out a sweater! Spin dry or hang-dry it or else will it get distorted or stretched out. Air-dry instead by laying them out flat on a towel. Iron out creases after hand-washing.
In between washes and dry cleaning, spray Febreze Fabric Refresher to eliminate stale odours and curry smells, leaving clothes fresh and fragrant.
Your winter gear is not complete without a pair of good waterproof snow-boots. After every season, clean and condition them thoroughly before putting them away.
- Leather: Salt stains ruin winter boots. Brush off the dust and dirt. Polish with waterproof leather conditioning spray or wax for shine.
- Suede: Suede boots stain easily and are harder to clean. Brush off the dried debris before it sets in and wipe clean with a suede cleansing gel.
You can also clean all your boots — leather, suede and nylon — with a cloth dipped in a mixture of white vinegar and water.
Share your own tips on how to care for your clothes in Canada in the comments section below.