Whether you love shopping for new outfits or strive to get the most wear out of your current pieces, it’s no secret that taking proper care of your clothes is the best way to keep them looking new — and you looking fresh.
I’m always on the look-out for the best hacks to prolong the life of my clothes. The best part is, it’s sustainable for my wallet — and the environment! Here are my top tricks to make clothes last longer.
Don’t Wash After Every Wear
I’m all for being extra clean, but there’s no need to wash a pair of jeans that was only worn for a couple of hours. Instead of throwing your outfit in the hamper, make clothes last longer by simply hanging them up and spritzing with a fabric refresher if needed. Not only will this save you time and extra wear on your garments, it’s an easy way to save water!
When You Do Wash, Wash in Cold Water
When you do a load of laundry, use cold instead of hot water to make clothes last longer. By using the cold cycle, you’ll prevent fading and shrinking — and you’ll save energy! For best results, don’t forget to use a gentle detergent that’s easy on your clothes.
Air Drying is Best
I know one of the best things in life is laundry fresh from the dryer, but hanging up your clothes to air dry will help them last longer. Not only does air drying also help prevent fading and shrinking, it preserves the integrity of the fabric, so clothes stay sturdy, longer.
Treat Your Stains
While there’s nothing worse than spilling coffee on your new white shirt, knowing how to remove different types of stains can save you from retiring an otherwise perfectly good garment. As a general rule of thumb, treat stains quickly for best results. If dealing with delicate fabrics, always use cold water. Be sure to treat stains before throwing your clothes into the washer or dryer, as hot water and dryer heat can actually set certain stains. So next time you spill that glass of red wine, don’t sweat it — treat it!
Know How to Prevent Pilling
You know those little annoying balls that get all over your sweaters? That’s called pilling, and it can be a real pain if you don’t know how to avoid it. To help prevent it, wash your garments inside out so they don’t rub against other pieces of clothing in the washer. Or, if you have the time, hand-washing that sweater is a great way to keep it looking fresh. If you do notice any pilling on your clothes, take a disposable razor, or even a pumice stone, and very gently brush down your garments to remove any pilling that may have appeared over time. With any luck, your clothes will look brand new again!
Invest in a Sewing Kit
To make clothes last longer, I opt to do minor clothing repairs myself, like sewing on buttons that have come loose, or fixing a hem that’s come undone. Investing in a small sewing kit will save you a trip to the tailor, give your clothes a second chance, and help you hold on to the garments you’re not yet ready to part with.
Use a Steamer
This is my favorite tip of all, because I hate ironing! And, it turns out, ironing isn’t always that great for your clothes (in some cases, irons can also help set stains into your clothing). Instead, I opt to use my steamer to get wrinkles out of delicate fabrics. Since steamers don’t actually touch your clothes, there’s less of a chance you’ll burn that garment. Plus, they’re easy (and fun!) to use.
Taking a few easy steps to make clothes last longer isn’t only good for your wallet. It’s a great way to give your well-loved outfits new life. To save even more on your wardrobe, try buying clothes off-season or from off-price retailers like BLINQ; not only can you find great deals on your favorite designers and brands, but now you’ll know how to keep your new garments looking fresher, longer! All in a day’s work for a BLINQ savvy shopper.
Have any other tips for prolonging the life of your clothes? Let me know in the comments!