Clothing shouldn’t have to be discarded after a couple of wears; instead, it can last longer if you learn to treat it the right way. Whether you’re talking about pants, shirts, or shoes, these five tips will help your clothing last longer and keep it looking great through regular washing and wearing cycles. Plus, by following these tips, you’ll extend the life of your clothes and save money by keeping them around just a little bit longer!
1) Protect your clothes from outside elements
Clothes can last much longer if you take care of them. Make sure you keep your clothes away from things that could cause damage, like bleach and detergent. To extend the life of your clothes even more, try to keep them out of direct sunlight and limit the number of times you wear them in one day. Be sure to wash your clothes as soon as possible after wearing so they don't start accumulating odor or bacteria. Hang dry any clothes that are able to be hung dry (like jeans), instead of drying them with a machine, which can lead to wrinkles. If something has been worn too many times already and is starting to show signs of wear, it might be time for a replacement! Having some sort of rotation plan can help save money and make clothing last longer. By rotating through different outfits each week, you will have less laundry to do on a regular basis because clothes won't get worn down by repeated use. Rotating also allows you to buy items without breaking the bank because your favorite styles will always be fresh again every few months! Remember that not all fabrics age well: polyester blends, rayon, and nylon fibers break down over time when exposed to light and chemicals. Stay away from these types of materials when purchasing new clothes if you want them to last. Consider shopping at thrift stores or consignment shops for gently-used pieces at a discounted price!
2) Use a quality fabric care detergent
The first thing you can do to extend the life of your clothing is invest in a quality fabric care detergent. A detergent that is specifically designed for clothes will work more effectively than a general dish soap or laundry detergent. This will help keep your clothes from shrinking, fading, and losing their shape. It’s also a good idea to have separate detergents for whites, colors, delicates, and synthetics. Keep an eye out for deals: Second, always take advantage of sale racks when shopping. It’s not uncommon to find designer items at 50% off during sales events. You can often buy one item in bulk while it’s on sale then wear it until it gets dirty so you don't have to constantly be buying new clothes. Also, if you shop online, compare prices between retailers to make sure you're getting the best deal. Get clothing tailored: Third, get all garments tailoredby a professional tailor before wearing them. If pants are too long or too short, if sleeves are too tight or too loose, or if shirts need shorter hems--have these taken care of professionally before wearing them. And be sure to wash any new garment before wearing it for the first time! Not only will this remove any chemical residue left over from manufacturing, but it will give you a better idea of how the fabric feels before making your purchase. Have two sets of each outfit: Fourth, have two sets of every outfit - one set to wear and one set in storage (or just rotate them). That way if anything happens to the worn set like spilling food on it or having it shrunken due to improper washing techniques, you'll still have another clean set waiting for use.
3) Wash in cold water
Washing in cold water is a great way to extend the life of your clothing. Hot water causes fibers to shrink and also may cause colors and dyes to fade over time. Cold water is gentler on clothes, which can help preserve their shape and color longer. You should also use cold water when hand-washing delicate fabrics such as silk or wool, because hot water makes these fabrics less flexible. When drying off wet items after washing them in cold water, hang them out to dry indoors away from direct sunlight so they don’t get too hot while they dry. It's also important not to overload your washer with wet clothes, so you should clean and dry each item before putting it into the machine again. For garments that are made up of several pieces (such as jackets or pants), separate those pieces before placing them into the wash. And finally, instead of throwing old clothing away when it gets worn out, donate it to charity for someone else to wear. The more clothes you send to a charity, the fewer new ones have to be manufactured. Plus, donating clothing is an easy way to give back and show support for organizations like cancer research foundations or disaster relief organizations! See now? I told you this list was full of helpful tips! Keep these tips in mind next time you do laundry, and save some money at the same time. So what do you think? How many times has this post been shared? Do people find it helpful? I hope so! I'll keep writing if people keep reading 😀
4) Use the Delicate Cycle
The first tip is to use the delicate cycle when washing your clothing. This will help your clothes last longer and keep them looking newer for much longer.
One way you can extend the life of your clothing is by using a water soluble detergent. This will not leave residue on your clothes and will keep them looking newer for much longer. Another way that you can make your clothing last longer is by making sure they are hung up or laid out flat as soon as they are dry.
This ensures that they do not get creased which could shorten their lifespan considerably. The final tip would be to ensure that they are in good condition before putting them in the dryer. If there are any holes, rips, loose buttons or missing laces then it is important that these are repaired first so as to avoid any more damage being caused. In addition, it is advisable not to overload the dryer with too many items at one time so as not to cause over-heating which may ruin your clothes. It is also worth investing in a fabric softener to avoid static electricity from occurring which may lead to shrinking. Finally, always allow garments some air drying time after coming out of the wash before placing them into the dryer. Allowing your clothes to have ample airflow while they are drying will prevent them from becoming stale and having a musty odor. Once this has been achieved, put the laundry in the dryer on low heat and add a few drops of fabric softener if you want. Make sure that there is enough space inside so that your clothes do not touch each other which might cause them to shrink.
5) Store properly
The first step in extending the life of your clothes is storing them properly. They should be hung up, folded neatly, or placed in drawers. The next step is washing them correctly. When you wash clothes, it is important to use cold water and avoid using too much soap or fabric softener. Using too much soap can cause excessive wear on your clothing and using too much fabric softener can make your clothes feel sticky and uncomfortable. You also want to avoid using bleach as much as possible because it damages fibers.
When drying your clothes, avoid letting them sit damp for long periods of time as this encourages mold growth. Instead hang them up or lay them flat to dry after washing and then let air dry for a few hours before wearing again. Also make sure that you store clean clothes away from dirty ones so that any bacteria don’t transfer back onto clean items when they are stored together. Store your clothes where there's plenty of space between each item so that they're not touching each other which will help reduce wrinkles. Be mindful about how often you wear certain pieces like jeansor sweaters as these fabrics can stretch out quickly if worn too often. Finally, hand-wash delicates to extend their lives even more and avoid putting these delicate items in the dryer. Lingerie, hosiery, sweaters and silk should all be hand washed. If you choose to machine wash these items place them in a lingerie bag or pillow case.