Useful Tricks to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

6 Jun

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Buying new clothes on a regular basis can boost your confidence when you attend gatherings, go to work, or even pick the kids up from school. But, spending too much on new clothes can be a wasted investment and will leave your bank account looking empty. Instead of buying new clothes all the time, why not make your existing clothes last longer and look like new again?

Extending the life of your clothes offers several benefits. First, it reduces the cost of shopping for new clothes. Stop to consider how much you spend each time you buy new clothes. Now, add that up over twelve months. Secondly, you are able to hold on to your favorite clothes longer. Everyone has items in their closet that they want to wear all the time, and by extending their life, you can do that so for a long time to come. Lastly, it will reduce your need for more closet space.

So, make your clothes last longer with these useful tricks:

  • Inspect your clothes before storing them for the season. Winter clothes need to be stored away during the summer and vice a versa.  But, have you ever found stains or damage to your clothes when you unpack them? If so, you probably won’t wear them again. To avoid this situation, inspect your clothes and tackle the problems before you store them away.
  • Avoid washing clothes that have only barely been worn.  This is especially true for jeans. If you have only worn your jeans for a day, wear them at least once more before you wash them.  It will preserve their color and fabric strength.
  • Use cold water when washing your clothes. Avoid using hot water, especially with delicate fabrics. Hot water causes your clothes to lose their color and fade.  It also weakens the fabric and makes it more prone to damage.
  • Hand wash clothes as much as possible. If you have articles of clothing that are delicate or soft, try to hand-wash them instead of putting them in the washing machine.  You will avoid damaging the fabric or embellishments that way.
  • Treat stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than those that have been on your clothes for a few days. In addition, avoid placing stained clothes with other clothes.
  • Avoid the dryer. If you aren’t in a hurry, avoid using the dryer. Constantly drying your clothes will add too much heat to them and cause them to shrink easily. Instead, if the weather is nice, line-dry your clothes.  It is gentler on your clothes and also saves energy.
  • Read care labels thoroughly. Different kinds of clothes require different types of cleaning. Read care labels carefully, so you will know how to properly clean them and keep them longer lasting.
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