FashionCreative ways to make clothes last longer Fashion images that saturate our news feeds help the industry bring in a whopping £26 billion to our economy. On average we each spend £640 on clothes per year and collectively throw out almost 300,000 tonnes of clothing. One third of this has barely been worn! This is men and women alike with men only wearing 13% of the clothing in their wardrobes. Maintaining your style without throwing away your old things is easier than you think, and can save you money. Take a look at the events, blogs and top tips to give you a few threads of thought. 3 things you can do today Beat fast fashion. Be aware of impluse buys and think about whether you really want or need something. This will help you buy less, but better. Love seconds. Find some gems in second hand clothes shops or swap clothes and accessories you no longer want with your friends and family. You could even revamp something old with a few embellishments. Get some tips in our Make, do and mend handbook. Care for your clothes. Simple actions like washing clothes at 30ºC, only ironing when necessary and reducing tumble drying can make your clothes last much longer - read more about 'Clever Care'. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Blog Ideas bank Fashion How to fix 7 common baby clothing stains There's a lot to think about with a new addition to the family, let alone figuring out how to keep outfits clean when you could be going through 3 a day. Here are some top tips for sorting common baby stains so they can last a little longer. If you have any tips of your own, share them below and we'll spread the word. Breastmilk Baby sick from breastmilk is quite easy to remove. Simply wash as normal with liquid laundry detergent. Mild detergents should work fine. If a stronger cleaning agent is needed, use normal detergent and run an extra rinse cycle to remove any remaining soap. Once washed, hang clothing to dry in the sunshine. The bleaching effects from the sun will remove the remaining stains. If the sunlight does not work, dab a small amount of lemon juice on the area. Place in direct sunlight again until dry. Formula The chemical make-up of formula can make it tricky to get off. First, remove as much as possible with a stiff brush. Then lay the clothing in a sink or tub. Sprinkle the entire stain with baking soda. Pour some club soda / sparkling water over the stain. This will make the baking soda fizz. Allow the piece to sit and fizzle until the bubbling stops. Wash as normal with detergent and warm water. Baby detergents should be fine. If a more powerful detergent is needed, use regular detergent and run an extra rinse cycle to ensure all of the soap residue is removed as this can irritate baby’s sensitive skin. Allow the clothing to air-dry away from heat. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above. Baby sick stains that have set (formula, breastmilk, food) Fill a bucket with hot water, add dishwasher detergent and mix thoroughly. Soak clothing overnight. Remove and launder as usual. Rinse well - run extra rinse cycles - to remove all of the soap. If the stains are light, simply add the dishwasher detergent to the washing machine water. Poo If you’re able to, run the clothing under cold water immediately, removing as much of the poop as you can, then launder as normal. If you’re unable to wash immediately, soak clothing in cold water until you can deal with it. After washing, leave to dry on a rack or better yet, take advantage of the sun’s amazing bleach-free, stain removal properties. Avoid the tumbler, as this will help the stain to set. Oily, greasy stains Remove any excess bits and cover the stained area with cornflour, talcum powder, or baking soda. After 15 minutes, scrape this off, and launder as you usually would. Food stains Rinse stain right away with cool water. Put a small amount of washing up liquid on the stain, rub in gently and leave for at least half an hour. Rinse this out in cold water, and put more washing up liquid on, then put in washing machine and wash as normal. The sooner you can act the better, as dried stains are harder to get out. Pen, paint, mud and grass stains Same as above. For clothing in need of some extra care visit Love Your Clothes for tips on patching and repairing clothes. Clothes too worn to wear or repair? Find out how to recycle textiles here.