If you’re like most people, you live a hectic lifestyle that can often wreak havoc on your attire. However, new clothes are expensive, and you don’t want to have to be constantly replacing outfits. You’ve already read our list of great laundry hacks for mom, here is a list of ways you can make your best looks last while also save money.
Air Dry Clothing When Possible
Heat from the dryer can shrink and fade your clothing, so your best bet is to air dry when possible. When you empty the lint from your dryer, you can see the accumulation of material fuzz.
This is the clothes fibers from your apparel. For this reason, invest in a dryer rack or line-dry items.
Try to always keep intimate apparel out of the dryer. The high temperature causes stretching and breakage of the material. Instead, lay your intimates flat to dry.
Store Clothing Properly
Properly putting up your clothes after you wear them can be a big factor in whether or not they last.
For heavy sweaters, make sure you fold them and place them on a shelf. If you hang them, they can become misshapen and stretched out.
You should also button buttons and zip zippers before hanging items. The last thing you want is for your clothes to get snagged and rip. Invest in wood or plush hangers to keep the shoulders of your garments intact. Lastly, make sure storage areas stay cool and dry. Moist environments such as basement closets can encourage mold growth.
Invest in wood or plush hangers to keep the shoulders of your garments intact. Lastly, make sure storage areas stay cool and dry. Moist environments such as basement closets can encourage mold growth.
Lastly, make sure storage areas stay cool and dry. Moist environments such as basement closets can encourage mold growth.
Rotate What Outfits You Wear
To prevent wear and tear, rotate your outfits.
Plan out your wardrobe for the week by lining up the items you are going to wear in your closet.
After you don an outfit, put it in the back of your closet so the attire you wore in the distant past creeps to the front of your closet. This will help you avoid outfit repetition and ensures your clothing doesn’t appear overworn from repeated use.
Dry Clean Less Frequently
Dry cleaning is not only expensive but it also can cause clothes to look overused.
Harsh chemicals like starch can harm fabrics. Instead of making frequent visits to the dry cleaners, use a steamer to free your clothes of wrinkles or place garments in the bathroom when you shower. The steam can take out creases.
If you have to get your clothes professionally washed, ask that they are laundered and ironed without starch.
Wash Clothing in Cold Water
Washing clothing in cold water will not only save you money, but it will also permit your clothes to last longer.
Choose a powerful stain fighting detergent to make up for the lack of heat. Many fabrics such as nylon and elastics stay intact better when exposed to less heat. To add even more stain fighting power, putting a capful of bleach in with your whites can keep them looking bright.
To add even more stain fighting power, putting a capful of bleach in with your whites can keep them looking bright.
Dress to Fit the Task
Instead of cleaning or chasing your children around your house in your nicer garments, change your clothes.
Have casual outfits dedicated to play-time to avoid destroying your best items.
If you are cooking in a nice dress, wear an apron to catch any food that may spill. Professional clothes will last longer if you preserve them by reserving your best pieces for work and nice occasions.
Wash Delicate Items in a Mesh Laundry Bag
Don’t throw your delicate items such as undergarments in the dryer after washing. The best way to get these items clean is to place them in a mesh laundry bag before washing.
This will keep straps from stretching and hooks won’t get latched to other garments.
Undergarments can also better retain their shape if they are separated from other clothing in the washing machine.
Hang dry your delicates after they have gone through a cycle.
Give Dark Clothing a Dye Bath
If you wear a lot of dark clothing, you may notice your favorite pieces beginning to fade.
In order to avoid having to give up your favorite garments, purchase clothing dye to refresh your wardrobe. All you have to do is pour it into a sink or bucket and add water. The process usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse your clothing with cold water and hang it up to dry.
It’s important that when you go to wash newly dyed items, you do so with like colors. You don’t want the color to run on lighter items.