When you're as clothes-crazed asRachel Zoe,your love extends way beyond just shopping and getting dressed.The super stylist teamed with Downy and Tide for some in-depth education onlaundry tips and tricksand was happy to share some key pointers,along with tidbits that you could pick up only living the Zoe life (think a super-savvy stain-removal hack and a well-thought-out stance on when exactly clothes should be tossed in the hamper).
Glamour:We hear you're going to laundry college in the fall?How cool is that?
Rachel Zoe:It's not technically laundry college,but P&G [Procter & Gamble,which owns Downy and Tide] headquarters where it all goes down.They dissect and test all these different fabrics,and I'm going because I personally want to learn more than I already know about the process of taking care of our clothes.
Glamour:What was your very first laundry lesson?
RZ:To separate!My first instinct was to just throw everything in together and press "on" and literally every white thing I had turned pink,everything basically tie-dyed.It was a mess.But laundry has been very fun for me from a young age.I'm a Virgo,so it felt very therapeutic to be in there with the clothes.When I was in college and doing the laundromat,I loved it.It felt very social when we'd hang out by the washing machines.
Glamour:"Dry Clean Only" labels don't always mean something has to be professionally cleaned.How do you decide whether to take it in or do it at home?
RZ:A lot of things that say that can be washed,you just have to care for them differently,with the hand-wash cycle,cold water only,hanging them to dry...things like that.There are things you obviously shouldn't throw into a washing machine—anything beaded,sequined,stuff with metal hardware like buckles.That's where you're getting into trouble.
I used to dry clean my jeans because I didn't want the color to fade or the shape to change,and now I wash them.I realized you can keep the color and the texture.Sometimes they're hung-dry,but sometimes I put them on a very low,ultra-delicate drying cycle and press them with an iron afterward.
Glamour:Do you ever hand wash anything?