How to Extend the Life of Your Clothes

Let’s be real, clothes are expensive. It becomes a real challenge to find good pieces and keep them looking amazing after a lot of wear and tear. I’ve become really good at making my pieces last, because I’ve learned all the tricks about keeping them nice. I made a list of some of the biggest contributors to making your clothes last. Hopefully this helps your favorite item to last for years to come!

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Wash Only When You Need To
This probably sounds disgusting, but most clothes don’t need washing after every single wear. Unless you sweat in the item or stain it, it doesn’t need washing after one use (gym clothes, underwear, and socks should be washed after every wear). Items like jeans, sweaters, blouses, dress, etc. can go a few wears before needing another washing. Just be sure to let the clothes be in a spot where they can air out a little, and then they are good to go for next time.

Keeping Your Jeans in Tact
I feel like jeans are one of those items that people go through so quickly. Jeans are definitely one of those items that don’t need constant washing. Most experts recommend wearing denim 5-6 times between washes. If in between those times they start to smell a little, you can fold them up and put them in a ziplock bag, and then place it in the freezer. I know it sounds crazy, but the cold will get out the smell, and then your jeans are all good again. When you do wash your jeans, turn them inside out, wash on cold, and then hang to dry. This will keep them from losing their shape, elasticity, or color. This is especially important for black jeans, putting them in the dryer will take out the dye and leave them a gray color, which no one wants for their beloved black denim.

Follow Care Instructions
This one seems like a no brainer, but there are so many people who disregard those little symbols. I’ve taken classes in textiles and we’ve talked a lot about the importance of care labels, and to sum up 1.5 years of university, if you don’t follow care labels, your clothes will be ruined a lot faster. This could mean losing shape, seams popping open, or losing coloring. It just takes an extra second to look at, and it could be the difference between buying a new outfit cause the dryer destroyed yours.

Don’t Dry Sweaters
This goes along with the care instructions, but when you wash a sweater, it should be laid flat to dry. A lot of sweaters have wool in them, which will shrink significantly when put in the dryer. Even if it doesn’t have wool in it, I’ve found that sweaters stay nicer long when they are laid flat to dry.

Don’t Hang Sweaters!
Sweaters are an item that has to be folded. When you hang a sweater, you are risking the item losing its shape entirely. Because of the way sweaters are knit, they will take the shape of hangers, so the shoulders become misshapen and the length becomes longer.

Hopefully this post was helpful for you all!

4 thoughts on “How to Extend the Life of Your Clothes

  1. this was so helpful! 🙂 my pants always seem to fade super quickly even though i use color safe detergents but these tips will surely help me in the future! thanks!


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