Wash your clothes only when necessary. A good airing will keep them fresh for use, another couple of times.
Sort the clothes by colour and wash the similar colours together.
Add a little mild detergent in half a bucket of cold water. Soak the garment just for five minutes and then wash immediately.
Rub the soiled areas gently by hand. Do not use a brush or a bar of soap.
Rinse the garment a few times in cold water to remove any trace of detergents.
For a crisp finish, dip the clothes in a solution of liquid starch at the end. Do not wring too much.
The colours may fade under the sun. Dry your clothes in the shade or in the evening. Hang them straight on rust-proof hangers (plastic or wooden).
Do not iron directly on block-prints and embroidery. Turn them inside out and iron lightly.
Store your clothes in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Separate the whites and light garments from the darker ones. To dispel cupboard odours, use aromatic sachets.
Silk and silk blends
Silk and silk-blend fabrics must only be dry-cleaned. Store them carefully in cloth covers with a few scented sachets.