You’ve just bought a gorgeous Abaya and you want to do everything that you can to keep it looking clean and brand new for as long as possible.
And you’re wary of just throwing it in the washing machine.
You’ve heard horror stories about colours fading and the material getting caught in the machine. And you’re also wary about using modern laundry detergents due to the fact that they contain so many chemicals.
You’d much rather hand wash using natural alternatives.
That’s what we’re going to discuss in this article. Here are three natural home cleaning remedies that are great for ensuring your abaya continues to look the part.
As crazy as it sounds, vinegar is one of the best natural ingredients for enhancing the colours in your clothing. Incidentally, it’s also great for cleaning kitchen surfaces, especially metal.
The key here is dilution. Trying to wash your abaya in concentrated vinegar will ruin it. Plus, you’ll wreak havoc on your hands. Instead, just add a single tablespoon of the stuff to some cold water and you have all that you need.
Soak the abaya for about 20 minutes and you should find that it emerges with a beautiful sheen. Some people even iron their clothes with a mixture of water and vinegar. However, this can get a little hairy if you’re not an expert with the iron, so you may want to avoid that particular strategy.
You’re really starting to think that we’re a little crazy now, right? However brewed coffee works so well for maintaining that new sheen for an abaya because it contains the natural dyes used in the creation of the garment…
However, there is a catch here. Brewed coffee only works for black abayas. If you try to soak a white abaya in coffee, you’re going to get some pretty predictable results.
Here’s what you do.
Hand wash the abaya in cold water, as you normally would. But before you start that process, brew some coffee and leave it to cool for at least an hour.
After washing, place the garment in the brewed coffee and leave it for about 10 minutes.
Then, take it out and rinse the abaya under cold water. You’ll be amazed at how well this works for strengthening dark colours.
This is one of those things that every household has and yet so few seem to use. Baking soda is basically a wonder ingredient for cleaning and it’s no different with an abaya.
Just add a tablespoon of the stuff to your water and let it work its magic while you soak the abaya. It’s particularly effective for brighter colours, as it helps them to really pop. Plus, baking soda can even fight against the white marks that come from deodorants and antiperspirants.
The Final Word
Those are three options for the people who’d rather wash their abayas naturally instead of using a washing machine.
Of course, you now need to get your hands on the perfect abaya for you. That’s where the team at Anaya comes in. We offer a huge range of abayas for all occasions in our online store. Browse today and we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your needs.