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Gift idea: a clothing care kit

Gift idea: a clothing care kit. Laundry, clothing storage & moth prevention products.

A clothing care gift basket…

I love practical gifts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t incorporate a little luxury. Here are a few of my favorite clothing care products that would make a lovely gift, either together or on their own:

The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. I’ve used this shampoo for years now on my cashmere and wool sweaters and love it. All of The Laundress products are cruelty-free and plant-based.

The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray. In between washings I spritz my sweaters with this to freshen and deter moths.

Clothing brush. Cutting back on laundering or dry cleaning will help clothes last longer. Sometimes all that’s needed is a surface cleaning. A clothing brush like this one can remove dust, lint, pet hair and surface dirt.

The Laundress sweater comb. This is the one I use to remove any pills, and always pack in my travel toiletries kit.

Mesh washing bags. These are my laundry Secret Weapon. I use these bags to wash any delicates in the machine, as well as wool and cashmere sweaters, scarves, and cloth masks.

Wool dryer balls. I switched from disposable fabric softener sheets to wool dryer balls several years ago, and have never looked back. They reduce static and wrinkles, and help clothes dry faster without damaging fibers, your dryer, or the environment.

Moths can be tenacious, so any steps that can prevent them from taking up residence are worth the effort! During the warmer months, I store my (clean) wool and cashmere sweaters in a mesh-sided storage bag like this one.

Sachets. In addition to deterring moths, these May Chang hanging sachets make our closet smell fabulous! (Julia from Total Wardrobe Care gifted these a few months ago, and I’m just about to order another set.) I hang these every 20″ or so among my wool, cotton, and linen items.

Potpourri cone. I learned from Julia that oil and dirt particles can accumulate in the bottom of laundry hampers and be an attractive environment for moths. So I keep one of these in the bottom of our hamper to discourage the little buggers.

(If you live in the UK, you can also purchase her Chrysanthemum moth spray, but unfortunately it cannot be shipped overseas.)

More clothing care gift ideas:

Small clothing steamer. I bought one of these for travel, but now use it frequently at home. Easier on delicate fabrics than ironing.

Laundress Fabric Fresh Spray. Freshens clothes between launderings.

Janie Stick. Gently and effectively removes grease stains. I never travel without one of these!

What would you include in a Clothing Care Kit?

For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide.

(This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.)

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24 Comments

  1. Robyn
    December 7, 2020 / 2:34 am

    My daughter gave me Laundress products last year for Christmas. In our home we do the 4 gift rule or gifts have to be consumable. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. My favorite product is the cashmere wool spray. After I wear a sweater I spay it, let it dry, and then put it back in the drawer. I also love the regular fabric refresh.

  2. December 7, 2020 / 4:35 am

    My daughter in-law gave me wool dryer balls for Christmas one year and I love them. I wanted to pass along a recent find on YouTube that I am enjoying quite a bit and thought you may as well. It’s called Unintentionally frenchified. She’s a young american who has been living in France for the last 10 years. Her perspective and her wit are sooo enjoyable to watch and I find her to be very entertaining and knowledgeable. Hope you check her out

    • Eve
      December 7, 2020 / 8:46 am

      That sounds fun. I will check her out. Thanks. I love recommended things to do from this blog. I’m watching a TV series with sub titles. It’s a great series that someone on here suggested we watch.

  3. Cathy
    December 7, 2020 / 4:46 am

    These are good products, the sweater comb is the best little tool. What a great gift idea!

  4. Pink Azalea
    December 7, 2020 / 7:25 am

    I have used The Laundress products too and like them. I like the idea of being able to extend the time between washings – better for our clothes and the environment.

  5. Eva
    December 7, 2020 / 7:54 am

    Oh goodness, these are one of the best on the market. I had gotten a small bottle of fabric refresh and I was hooked!! I need some more of the product, especially the sweater comb, but one thing at a time. I just received an order of a case of surface cleaner and cashmere shampoo. I also ordered baby stuff for my step-daughter for our first grandchild!! Keep spreading the good word on such wonderful products like these!

  6. Diane B
    December 7, 2020 / 7:58 am

    These are great ideas for just about anyone who enjoys their clothes. Looks like I will be doing some more shopping.

  7. Mal
    December 7, 2020 / 9:29 am

    I love the Soak line of hand wash detergent – works and smells great! Makes handwashing easy. No need to rinse and uses cold water.

  8. Jan Whichard
    December 7, 2020 / 11:41 am

    I have used Laundress for some time. It looks pretty. I don’t notice much of a difference in the outcomes of the bleach alternative or stain solution but the cashmere wash and brush/comb and the clothing refresh soapy are really nice.

    An added “luxury” comment is the UK company Total Wardrobe Care. The goods are so lovely that I happily pay the Royal Mail shipping costs. It arrives rapidly and everything is individually wrapped inside the main box and it’s like my own special party!

  9. citizen spot
    December 7, 2020 / 11:42 am

    I would definitely include a Janie Dry Spot Cleaner stick to any fabric care gift bag. I bought a couple based on your recommendation a while ago, and find that I use them often. It works great at lifting greasy oily stains. Most of my tops are cotton, and it works great on those. I don’t know how well it might work with fuzzy or other fabric types, but I have found it one of the most useful tools to help keep my tops looking presentable.

  10. Trish
    December 7, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Oh, thank you for this post! I was needing another idea for a little something something for my grown children. This is perfect!!

  11. patricia blaettler
    December 8, 2020 / 9:18 am

    The LeLabo Santal 33 laundry detergent seemed like an affordable luxury to me as I just love that scent.
    Be warned however, the scent doesn’t really last on the clothes.

  12. Diane B
    November 19, 2021 / 4:47 am

    The laundress company does not ship to Canada, but I have got some great ideas to search for in different brands. Has anyone had success with other brands that do ship to Canada?

    • Diane B
      November 19, 2021 / 5:24 am

      I have just been on the Soak site and they are made in Canada, so will try those after seeing the recomendations above. Thanks

      • Ainsivalavie
        November 19, 2021 / 7:28 pm

        I second Soak you can purchase it on Amazon.ca. The very same sweater comb that Laundress has is also available on Amazon.ca I bought the two comb set. A fine one for cashmere or merino wool and a coarser one for heavier wool. I used in on an alpaca coat and it’s great. Wool dryer balls are available everywhere in Canada you can buy on Amazon but a lot of local suppliers sell them too at farmers/craft markets. Loblaw sells them as well in their ‘organic’ laundry/cleaning areas in the bigger stores. We don’t have a big moth issue even in an old house probably too cold and dry but I think they might be an issue near the lakes or BC.

    • November 19, 2021 / 2:00 pm

      Go to Well.ca they sell Laundress brands

  13. Linda Mitchell
    November 19, 2021 / 5:40 am

    What a great list of luxurious yet practical items. I’ve enjoyed the Laundress wool wash for years but hadn’t tried other products in the line but trust your recommendations 100%. Thank you.

  14. Kathy
    November 19, 2021 / 6:41 am

    Love your gift ideas today!

  15. Florence B
    November 19, 2021 / 7:47 am

    Thank you for posting these cleaning & moth protection products! It’s wonderful to see & buy gorgeous sweaters & so sad to lose them to moths.

  16. Esther
    November 19, 2021 / 12:57 pm

    What is the 4 gift rule?

  17. Eva Gayle Cox
    November 19, 2021 / 3:44 pm

    I LOVE these products, I use them exclusively for cleaning. I definitely use the cashmere products & dishwashing. The Home Spray and Fabric Refresh is wonderful. I just told my husband I need to make a new order.

  18. sf-dre
    November 19, 2021 / 5:11 pm

    The Wash and Stain bar soap is good, I use it to get oil or tomato stains out of shirts.

  19. November 21, 2021 / 6:05 am

    What a clever idea. And I agree that steaming is better for clothes than ironing. Mine gets frequent use.

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