In order to be fashionable, we spend a lot of money on clothes. While some styles go out almost as soon as they come in, others are timeless. So, we often buy clothing that is made in these timeless styles, hoping to wear the items for many years to come. Unfortunately, after a few months, these clothes don’t look new any longer, and they just don’t look as good as they originally did. Luckily, there are many things you can do in order to extend the life of your wardrobe, so you can wear those classic pieces for a number of years without them becoming faded or wearing out. Here are some tips to keep your clothing looking fresh and new, even when it is months, or even years old:
1. I Shop Online in International Stores
Buying quality items will ensure that they last longer. You can get great deals on quality clothing online, through many international outlets. Check out the great deals at Jumia and Aliexpress. Don’t forget to visit coupon sites (like Slickdeals, MerchantCircle and RetailMeNot) as well, where you can get some great discounts on quality clothing.
2. I Do Laundry by Color
Wash darks with darks, and lights with lights. Dark clothes may have dye runs, which will stain lighter items.
3. I Wash Jeans Inside Out
Turning jeans inside out keeps them from fading too much.
4. I Always Close Zippers
Zippers can damage other clothing in the washer and dryer, so always keep them zipped up.
5. I Lay Clothes Flat to Dry
Use the dryer as little as possible to avoid pilling on fabrics. Hanging or laying laundry flat will also keep it from stretching.
6. I Use Less Detergent
You can use half the amount of detergent you are using and still get your laundry clean. Too much soap can actually build up, and keep items from getting clean in future washes.
7. I Do Repairs and Reinforcements
Sew or patch tears as soon as they happen. If the hole gets too big, clothing becomes cleaning rags.
8. I Use Vinegar
Add a cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle, and colors will immediately brighten. It also helps to keep colors from fading.
9. I Wear Underwear
Bodily fluids can be difficult to clean from clothing. Always wear underwear, and wash these items each time they are worn.
10. I Wash in Cold Water
Clothes won’t get cleaner if you use hot water. You are simply wasting hot water, and actually damaging the fibers in your clothing, especially items made with lycra or elastic. Always wash clothing with cold water, which will save the fabric and keep colors looking vibrant.
11. I Remove Stains Quickly
If you spill something on your clothes, clean it immediately. The sooner you clean it, the less likely it is to stain. Use non-commercial stain removers, such as vinegar or baking soda. Soak items in cold water, and use a brush and vinegar and baking soda paste on the stain.
12. I Fold and Hang
Fold items that should be folded, and hang items that should be hung so they keep their shape and fit right.
A Few Final Tips
Before buying new clothing, take a look at the washing instructions. If there is too much work involved, or you need to spend money on a dry cleaner, it may be best to choose something else. Look at the color of the clothing you buy as well. If you tend to spill a lot of food or other things, darker colors are probably your best option. Always buy high quality clothing. You may have to spend more initially, but you won’t have to replace it as often as you do with low quality merchandise.
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