Caring for Clothes

6 Tips to Get the Most Our of Your Garments

 

Clothes are important. We live our lives in them. So, it’s no surprise that when you spend your hard-earned cash on a new outfit, you want it to last. Read on for some things you can start incorporating into your clothes care routine to get the most mileage out of your garments.

 

By Christina Cannon

 

Clothes are important. We live our lives in them. So, it’s no surprise that when you spend your hard-earned cash on a new outfit, you want it to last. Read on for some things you can start incorporating into your clothes care routine to get the most mileage out of your garments.

 

Don’t wash clothes too often.

Washing and drying machines can place a lot of wear on clothes. While things close to your body like underwear, socks, t-shirts, and leggings should be washed after every wearing, consider skipping a few loads of laundry when it comes to jeans, blazers, pajamas, and the like. Bonus points if you use a clothesline when laundry day rolls around!

 

Turn it inside out.

When it comes to washing dark garments, turning them inside out will help preserve their color. Printed T-shirts can benefit from this method too. Turn them inside out to keep from fading or cracking the print.

 

Use cold water.

Washing your clothes in cold water not only results in less damage; it’s cheaper and better for the environment too. Hot water weakens fibers and can dull the colors in your clothes.

 

Avoid harsh chemicals and perfumes.

While bleach and strong detergent can go a long way to get rid of dirt and stains, it can also wreak havoc. But chemicals’ effects on clothes doesn’t stop there. Perfumes, hairsprays, and other products can also damage your clothes, so it’s best to use products before getting dressed to avoid buildup.

 

Remove stains when they happen.

No one wants to walk around with stained clothing, so for better success, try cleaning stains immediately after an accident. Carry a stain removing pen with you, and educate yourself on the best ways to get out the various types of stains.

 

Learn to repair or upcycle.

Instead of tossing out a blouse the next time a button pops off, learn how to fix it. Knowing how to do simple repairs like sewing a fallen hem can save you hundreds in the long run, and don’t be afraid to turn articles of clothing into something else entirely! HS

 

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