When you take care of your clothes, you not only take care of your long-term wardrobe, but you take care of yourself too. By making your clothes last longer, you save money, get to hold onto the things you love, and maximize your wardrobe!
6 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer
1. Follow washing machine instructions
Things such as what temperature to wash your items on, for how long, and what you wash them with can make a big difference in the longevity of your clothes. Don’t stuff your laundry machine either so your clothes can get the proper soap and rinsing they need!
2. Don’t let stains sit
You can’t always prevent a stain from happening, but you can try to get to them right away and do your best to protect your clothing (such as wearing an apron when cooking with grease).
3. Store things properly
Delicate items such as sweaters are best folded and not hung up to avoid getting permanent stretches in the shoulders from the hangers.
4. Hang clothes to dry
If possible, hanging your clothes to dry instead of always using the dryer helps to protect against excessive amounts of heat. Just be mindful if you hang clothes outside in the sun as that can fade the color quickly.
5. Use a gentle detergent
Aggressive stain removers and detergents can wear on your clothes over time. Unless it’s a hot summer day, your clothes usually don’t need to be washed after one time! Try to reduce the number of times you wash your clothes and when you do wash them, use a gentle detergent to prolong the life of your clothes.
Before you throw something out, see if you can you can sew on the missing button or get the rip fixed to make the item good as new!
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