When I was at uni, I lived with a fancypants girl who bought all her food at M&S (“marksies”) and all her clothes at boutiques. I remember very clearly the tone of voice she used when she looked down at my outfit and said “you wash your clothes every time you wear them, don’t you?”
As it turns out, machine-washing your wardrobe with every wear doesn’t just run up your bills — it weakens your clothes too. It was only then I noticed that none of her clothes were bobbled, and totally changed my approach to doing the washing from then on.
(Side note: she also believed sunbeds couldn’t cause cancer because she had a friend who got cancer and never used sunbeds, so this was probably the only useful knowledge I ever got from her).
Of course, some clothes do have to be washed every time you wear them (UNDERPANTS, PEOPLE), and if you spilt something down it, all bets are off. But how do you keep your clothes fresh and not-manky if you’re not going to put them on a spin cycle every time you take them off?
Well, Febreze for one thing. But also a new spray I’ve discovered: Day2.
Sometimes Instagram ads are useful
I saw Day2 in a timeline ad on Instagram and thought it — for the first time in my entire life — “I want that.” I’m glad I did, because it’s been really useful. It’s basically dry shampoo for your clothes: like Febreze, it gets rid of any smells and replaces them with just-washed loveliness. But it also does some kind of wizardry that makes your clothes less wrinkly.
I have no idea how this works, but it does. OK, it’s not as effective as going over the whole thing with an iron or a steamer, but it definitely does make clothes look less ‘worn’, and that’s all you need really. As the name suggests, it extends the wear of that item for a second day.
You do have to do a teensy bit of work, but not much: you spray it lightly on both sides, smooth out the wrinkles with your hands, then hang it up and leave it for 15 minutes. If you’re old enough to remember the days when you were allowed to smoke in bars, it’s basically what all us non-smokers had to do after a night out, but more effective and less annoying.
Here’s a video:
The spray we tried (Original) smells kinda like a scented candle. It’s quite strong when you first spray it, but after the required time it fades, which is good because you wouldn’t want to be walking around smelling like flowers, lest Aunty Morag think you actually use those toiletry sets she gives you every Christmas.
There’s also a Denim version and a Delicates option (totally using this on bras), as well as a 100ml travel spray. Genius.
Day2 spray costs £7.50 for a 250ml bottle, and you can use each bottle up to 25 times, which is the equivalent of a full load. So that’s about 60 litres of water you’ve saved for the planet. Also you won’t smell. Now that’s what I call a win-win.
If you want to try it, Day2 is available online here, and in some shops. We spotted it on the shelves at Wilko recently, for instance.