5 Ways To Take Care Of Your Clothes And Make Them Last Longer

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Ways To Take Care Of Your Clothes

We all have pieces of clothing that we wear the most, that look the best on us, that are overly expensive, that have a sentimental value or that we just simply love. Whatever the ranking in our closet is, clothes should be taken care of to avoid (or delay) the inevitable damaging. Fortunately, there are some ways in which we can get the most out of our clothes and make them last a lot longer. Below, I share some of these tips on how to take proper care of our pieces:

- Skip laundry: Although laundry is necessary, it can ruin our clothes dramatically. Don't wash your clothes if you haven't worn them at least for more than 4-5 hours. This obviously depends on what you're doing while wearing the clothes. If working out, washing the clothes shouldn't come in doubt, but if no sweat or strong odors were involved, skip laundry before a second use. Jeans can usually be worn 3-4 times before washing them. Laundry causes color fade and fiber breakage, which ruins clothes faster, so use common sense (while saving water and energy) and wash your pieces when you consider necessary. 

- Know the laundry basics: This is a no-brainer. If you know the ABC of laundry, you know you have to separate whites from colored and darks. Color stains are number one cause of clothing damaging. Wash whites first, then wash all similar-colored clothes, and wash darks last. However, fabric must be considered as well as not all fabrics should be washed together. Read the laundry tag on each item to learn its proper washing and drying instructions. When washing whites, replace bleach with baking soda. Bleach breaks the fibers, causing premature damage and can also be harmfully toxic, so using baking soda will help preserve your clothes and the planet.

- Secure items: Another simple way to avoid clothing damage is prepping them before throwing them into the washing machine. Close all zippers, buttons and gaps to avoid them catching into others and breaking threads. Also consider that there are some delicates that should be hand-washed and air-dried (heat also damages clothes). Again, it's all in the tag. 

- Proper hanging: Hang items that need to be hung. Fold the ones that may be folded. This will prevent possible stretching, wrinkling, or becoming shapeless. And when the season is over, store your season staples in containers to avoid dust, dirt, mold, and discoloration. This is also a good idea for space's sake, saving room in your closet and drawers for better organization and prettier display.

- Wear smart: Dress to every occasion accordingly. If you know that you might get stains or dirt, wear clothes you don't care about too much, and if damaged, try to fix them as soon as possible. The more you wait to fix them, the harder it will be. 

Do you have any other tips for making your clothes look brand new for as long as possible?

Image from Instagram via theundonestore.

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