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5 step guide to detoxing your wardrobe

2nd March 2020

March is the perfect time for some spring cleaning in our homes and especially our wardrobes. A wardrobe detox doesn’t just have to be about rediscovering those old favourites, but can also make the daily task of choosing what to wear that little bit easier. Give your wardrobe a fresh start with Clothes Doctor’s ultimate guide to spring cleaning your wardrobe. 

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The best way to kick-start a wardrobe detox is to pull everything out from your wardrobe; it may seem counterproductive, but this will allow you to assess your wardrobe in its entirety. You’ll probably find some items in there you haven’t seen (or worn!) in a while.

Now it’s time to ask yourself some questions. When was the last time you wore the item? Or take the Marie Kondo approach and ask yourself whether the item “sparks joy”. If not, why not? Is it a little something that’s not quite right? Or something fundamental? If it’s the latter, it might be time to say goodbye! 

When clearing out or reshuffling your wardrobe, it can be really helpful to create three piles – keep, in need of attention, and to go – this will make sure nothing finds its way back into your wardrobe unless you really want it there.

2) Eco Clean 

Now it’s time to get cleaning – the golden rule of any wardrobe detox is to make sure your clothes are clean! Your clothes may look clean, but you’d be surprised how easily food, hair, or even skin particles attached to the surface of the fabric cause damage over a period of time.

Lingering dirt can oxidise and discolour fabric, and also attract clothes moths – so save yourself hassle later by keeping them clean!

Simple changes like washing at lower temperatures, hand washing instead of dry cleaning where you can, and using eco-friendly products like Clothes Doctor’s Eco Wash Range can go a long way to detoxing your wardrobe and extending the life of garments. Made with plant-based ingredients and infused with natural fragrances, these will leave your clothes smelling wonderfully refreshed. 

Remember to check care labels before hand washing ‘dry clean only’ items, especially as winter garments such as cashmere or coats may require Clothes Doctor’s specialist cleaning services.

You can also use Clothes Doctor’s No. 3 Eco Washing for Cashmere & Wool and No. 4 Eco Wash for Silk in the washing machine for less delicate items to keep them looking their best. 

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3) TLC

It’s only natural that there are going to be times when our clothes are in need of a little love. There’s no better time than a wardrobe detox to give those items in your ‘in need of attention’ pile a little TLC.

According to WRAP, the average lifetime of a garment in the UK is just 2.2 years. So providing our wardrobe with some love in the way of repairs, alterations, and restyling can go a really long way to help extend the lifespan of your favourite pieces. 

Instead of ditching those too tight jeans or extra baggy t-shirt, give them a new lease of life. Clothes Doctor believe that every piece in your wardrobe has the potential to become a favourite again, so before you throw it out or replace it, consider your mending and restoring options to make it a wardrobe favourite again. 

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4) Swap, donate, & recycle

Now it’s time to address the ‘to go’ pile. It’s important that these do not end up in landfill, so consider hosting a clothes swap with friends or family, donate to charity, or dispose of responsibly at a textile recycling centre. Remember to make sure these are clean with Clothes Doctor’s Eco Products before waving goodbye…

Hopefully somebody else can get just as much joy out of your old clothes as you did! 

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5) Storage

Now it’s time to restore some order to your wardrobe. Start with a clean, cool, dark, dry space; this will protect your clothes from humidity, sunlight, and damp.

Invest in decent wooden hangers and leave plenty of space between garments to allow them to breathe. T-shirts, jumpers, and anything heavy or beaded generally prefer to be folded. You could even line your drawers with tissue paper for extra protection. 

Empty luggage bags or plastic boxes with lids are perfect for storing those special items or those no longer in season. Line these with acid-free tissue paper to protect your garments and add Clothes Doctor’s Natural Fragrance Bags to keep clothes smelling good (whilst keeping the moths at bay).

Finally, remember to organise by garment type and colour code, to ensure your wardrobe is as easy to maintain as possible. 


Happy spring cleaning! We hope you feel inspired to achieve a happy, healthy wardrobe, and enjoy wearing your favourite pieces.

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