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20 Random Questions You Asked About How To Care for Your Clothes, Answered

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You’ve invested a lot into your new clothes and now you feel satisfied with your collection. Clothes are a joy to own but require a lot of good care to have a longer life in your closet. It can be all too easy to not follow proper garment care management. Just pop the clothes in the washing machine and call it a day, right? Nope! Maintaining your clothes requires a lot more effort to keep them looking beautiful to ensure many more years of use. To give your garments the best shot at retaining a good shape and feel, scroll on to learn how to care for your clothes.


1. How Do You Get Old Stains Out of White Clothes?

The best way to rescue your white clothes from old stains is to soak them in vinegar. An important tip is to pour a cup of vinegar into a bowl and soak your white clothes for 30 minutes. Rub the stains with a baking powder and vinegar mixture. And lastly, leave the mixture for 2 minutes and rinse.

2. How Do You Get the Smell Out of Clothes Yourself?

The easiest way to get rid of bad odors is by letting your clothes air dry in direct sunlight. Sunrays are an effective natural cleaner and the ultraviolet rays help kill the bacteria making the clothes smell bad. Washing clothes in vinegar can also do the trick, as vinegar is an odor-neutralizer. Add 1/2 cup to your next load of laundry.

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3. How Do I Make My Clothes Look Clean?

Simple tips for clean-looking clothes include getting rid of wrinkles. They make clothes look scruffy, so use an iron or steamer to remove wrinkles in a pinch. Removing pet hairs with a lint-roller is also a good idea. You should also not use a lot of laundry detergent to avoid a dull sheen on your clothes. And make sure you keep your clothes stain-free, as stains can instantly make a whole clothing piece look dirty, even if it’s small.

4. How Do You Remove Foundation From White Clothes?

Pre-treat your white t-shirt or other white clothes with a liquid laundry detergent. Liquid detergents have enzymes that can break pesky stains, so they are one of the best options for you. Cover the stain with enough detergent and gently brush it with a soft-bristle brush. Leave the detergent for 20 minutes and place the garment in the washing machine without rinsing off stains. For better results, wash with warm or hot water as this temperature helps break down stains.


5. How Long Can Clothes Stay Wet Before They Smell?

Leaving wet clothes for more than 12 hours can cause mold and mildew to grow, which causes the clothes to smell.

6. Do You Wash Light Clothes With Warm or Cold Water?

Light clothing (pastels) can be washed with cold or warm water, as both temperatures will stop them from fading. However, if you are ever in doubt, you can also check the wash care label to find the right washing instructions for your light clothes.

7. How To Not Get Lint When Washing Clothes?

Next time you open your dryer or washing machine, clean the lint from your filter. This will stop lint from sticking to your clothing items while it’s getting washed. Another great way is to wash high lint items on a gentle cycle to stop the fabric fibers from shedding lint on other clothes.

8. What Clothes Should Not Be Washed in Cold Water?

Avoid washing heavily soiled clothes with cold water because this temperature will not effectively kill germs. Also, hot water is better at removing stains, so if you have set-in stains, do not wash them in cold water either.

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9. How Do You Wash a Lot of Clothes at Once?

It’s best to first separate your clothes into piles: light, dark, white, and delicate garments. From there, you can decide which pile to tackle at once. Keep in mind not to overload your washing machine because your fabrics will brush against the agitator and get damaged.

10. What Is the Triangle Symbol on Clothes?

The triangle you see on care labels means “bleaching allowed.”


11. Is It Bad To Leave Clothes in the Dryer?

Besides wrinkles, it is harmless to leave your dry clothes overnight in your dryer. However, try not to leave your clothes for more than a night. If they are dry, your clothes will get very wrinkled, and if they are wet, mold will start to form.

12. Can Putting Too Many Clothes in the Dryer Cause a Fire?

Yes, you need to use special care with the number of clothes you put in your dryer. If you overload it, this will result in excessive lint which leads to poor ventilation. And that bad ventilation can cause overheating that leads to a fire.

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13. What Happens When You Leave Your Clothes in the Dryer for Too Long?

If your clothes are wet, mildew or mold will start to form and your clothes will smell. However, if they are dry, your clothes will get wrinkled.

Related: How to Make Clothes Last Longer

14. How To Make Indoor Clothes Drying Rack?

One of the best ways of making an indoor drying rack is with a small ladder. Using one by twos as the frame and dowels as the rack, this project requires some measuring and cutting, but can easily be done in a few hours. Here’s a more in-depth tutorial to follow.

15. How Long Does It Take a Wet Spot on Clothes To Dry?

Depending on the severity, wet spots can take a few minutes or up to an hour to dry on their own. To quicken the process, gently rub an iron over the spot or dry it with a hairdryer.

16. How Do You Iron Clothes Like a Pro?

Learn how to iron your clothes the right way by investing in a flat and sturdy ironing board. Next, read the clothing labels to see the ironing guidelines. It includes picking the best temperature for different fabrics. To truly iron like a pro, spray some water or starch on your clothes to prevent and get rid of creases.

17. How Do I Keep My Clothes From Wrinkling in the Dryer?

Your clothing items are getting wrinkled in your dryer because of overstuffing. Clothes need breathing space in the dryer. The more tangled up they are, the more wrinkly they get. Plus, it’s possible you are letting them sit in the dryer too long as this causes wrinkles as well. Set a timer or activate the buzzing sound on your machine so you know to get your clothes as soon as the cycle is finished.

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18. What To Do With Old Clothes With Holes? 

If your clothes are not in good condition, you can give them proper care by mending the holes. So whether there are small holes in your clothes or long tears, these imperfections can be stitched up and the life of your clothes will stand the test of time. Keep in mind that it’s best to find the right stitch technique for the hole size. If you are a creative person, you could find ways to repurpose these clothes to give them new life.

19. What Can a Tailor Do to a Dress Shirt?

A tailor can easily make alterations to a dress shirt. They can replace a missing button, take it in, shorten the sleeves, or add new things like darts and a collar.

20. How Do You Make Clothes Fresh?

The first crucial step is to follow the care instructions on your clothes. Secondly, take care to ensure you have wrinkle-free clothes. You should also use a laundry detergent that will be gentle on clothes, such as a liquid type. A mesh laundry bag is another key to fresh clothes. This bag will protect your clothes from damage if your washing machine does not have a gentle setting. Also, treat stains as soon as they happen and keep your whites white.

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Taking care of your clothes is just one of those household tasks that must get done. Putting it off can leave your closet with unpleasant clothes. So for well-maintained clothes, these 20 tips will help you know how to care for your clothes.

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Hi! My name is Temwa and I have an obsession with all things lifestyle. Whether it's home decor, classy fashion, beauty products, or gift ideas -- you will find me writing about those topics. When I'm not sitting at my laptop, you will find me making press-on nails over the weekend!