101 Laundry Labels – How To Not Kill Your It-Piece

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Wednesdays are my laundry days, so pretty stressful. I spent most of the time checking my clothes for laundry labels and that takes up quite some time. That alone is¬†time-consuming enough, but I’ll always make a last-minute discovery of an extra pile of clothes on my desk chair from the night before.

Some *pfff¬†and sighs later I have finally calmed myself down to pick it up when I realise it’s going to be another hour captured at home on a sunny Wednesday. I have to admit I am enslaved by my washing machine; when it beeps I come running, if not it keeps making funny noises all day. Besides an¬†unhealthy relationship with my washing machine and laundry habits¬†that I could fill a diary with, I have the talent to ruin the pieces I love the most. But I guess I’m not the only one here right? Remember last week when I was talking about my favourite slogan jumper by Zoe Karssen? I killed my Rebel it-piece, precisely my washing machine did,¬†after wearing it for almost two years. Shattered.

A Laundry Disaster

After two glasses of wine to calm myself down and going over it again and again, I figured out¬†why I failed. I broke the biggest laundry rule ever by not reading the laundry label. I bet you’ve done it at least once: assuming washing degrees? Well, until that faux pax, I was never wrong.

This makes me recall my time I spent at the Pure dorms at Finsbury Park¬†during my¬†first three months in London.¬†The laundry room was always busy on Sundays – basically when students realised they had nothing to wear besides underwear – and always a mess. I’ve seen things that would make enough material for a new Netflix series, like people flooding the laundry room because of putting in a whole bottle of detergent and boys deciding surprisingly to follow the purple underwear trend because the girl who washed before left her pink wig in the machine –¬†Yes there was a girl in my dorm who wore a different wig each day. Shit happened, I can tell.¬†

Those are exceptions but many people are simply confused by the laundry labels, those tiny little hieroglyphics that are more cryptic than understandable. This is actually a big dilemma in the UK. Based on a survey conducted by Data Label, 56% of the people find labels complicated. Many, including me, barely know about clothing care labels and in my case, it leads to a damaged designer jumper as a result.

The bad news: If you recently¬†damaged your Supreme shirt, because you didn’t read the laundry labels and were hoping for a wonder solution in this post:¬†I’m sorry I feel you mate, but it’s time to, as Gwyneth would say, ‘consciously uncouple’ yourself from the¬†piece. The good news: You don’t need to read a book about it, nor do you have to call mum for advice. This little cheat sheet got you sorted for your future laundry days.

Indeed, a laundry day can quickly turn into mission impossible: when¬†the start button’s on there’s almost no chance to stop the process. Ever tried to open it¬†again? No chance. Mixed colours, white and dark fabrics, earphones in the jeans pockets – I’ve had them all, but sometimes there’s no other way than to admit that you lost against the washing machine.

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Photography all by Lucy Alice B. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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