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How to Make Clothes Last Longer

How to Make Clothes Last LongerHow to Make Clothes Last Longer

I think something in my life that I have a love-hate relationship with is definitely shopping. Sure, I'm a woman, I do love to shop for new clothes but it's such a hassle to have to try everything on and just get the actual shopping part done. I don't like when I notice that my clothes are getting old and I need to start replacing them, that is why I've taken more interest in finding solutions to keep my clothes looking great and staying in good shape. Today I am going to share with you the ways that I have learned to keep my clothes in good shape and make them last longer so I have to do less shopping.

Don't Do Laundry So Often

It is not really necessary to wash all of your clothes all of the time,  some things you can get away with wearing multiple times before you have to wash them again. Washing your clothes too often will really wear them out much quicker, it will fade the color of your clothes, and wear down the materials.

Wash in Cold Water

A lot of materials are much more susceptible to wear and fading if you watch them in hot water, so if you can try to wash all of your clothes in cold water as much as possible. This will help them to last longer and looking great.

Use Patches

Ripped jeans are all the rage right now so if you do get rips in your jeans, you can always leave them and make a fashion statement. If you do choose to not have the holes in your jeans, you can always use patches. There are tons of awesome prints and patterns out there that you can make a really cute design with patches. You don't have to throw away those jeans, just fix them and you will be able to wear them for much longer.

Add White Vinegar to Your Laundry Cycle

Something really simple that you can do is throw the smallest bit of white vinegar in with your laundry detergent in the wash cycle and this will help to make your clothes last longer. The vinegar will help to maintain color and freshness of your clothing.

Store Clothes Properly

Storing clothes properly is a big thing when it comes to your clothes lasting their proper shelf life. You should hang things that are supposed to be hung, and fold things into drawers that are supposed to be folded. This simply helps things stay in proper shape.

Wash Your Laundry with Proper Colors

You know the rule of washing proper colors together, and a lot of people ignore this rule…Well, you shouldn't ignore that rule. You need to keep colors separated in order to keep them from fading or wearing out. I love using Woolite for Darks to keep my darks looking great.

Clothes are expensive, so make sure you take care of the ones that you have so you do not have to replace them as often. Be sure to pay attention to washing instructions and properly care for your clothes.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    Loving all your tips. I need to take better care of my clothes for sure.

  2. Great list! I always have washed my clothes in cold water since it is supposed to help prevent shrinkage and is better overall for your clothes.

  3. I usually wash all of my clothes in cold water. I also don’t dry most of my laundry. And I try not to wash as often either.

  4. Pam

    Washing in cold water is a great tip. I started doing that and it has really made a difference in the longevity of my clothes.

  5. These are great tips and extremely needed with three kids that are all tough on clothes. I plan to try that white vinegar tip!

  6. This is helpful advice. There are certain pieces of clothing that I should be washing in cold water. I may have to try adding vinegar a few times too.

  7. I’ve been washing clothes in cold for a long time and hang many of them to dry rather then put them through the dryer. Great tips!

  8. Valerie Gray

    Having kids, I could use all the tips I could about keeping clothes to last longer. I think these kids go through clothes like most people go through socks.

  9. These are all really good tips. I was my clothes in cold and make sure to not only separate by color but also by material.

  10. Woah! Good tips! I wash my clothes in warm water and I don’t want to expose my clothes to the sun.

  11. Great tips! I often wear jeans and other denim 2-3 times before washing if I can. I also wash in cold water every time!

  12. These are great tips. We try to reuse clothes…well my hubby and I. I think the kids put them in the hamper instead of putting away the clean clothes sometimes…kids

  13. These are some interesting points here.
    I was not sure how white vinegar works.
    I agree with you about, what we call “recycling” our clothing, that is, re-wearing it again without washing. We think jeans especially can be “recycled.”

  14. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for making your clothes last longer. I will have to try a few of these out on my good clothes.

  15. These are fantastic tips for sure. Appreciate the ideas, I need to make sure my limited supply of clothing lasts longer!

  16. I have to try the white vinegar suggestion. That’s a good one. I have a denim jacket that’s screaming for a patch on the elbow. I need to make that happen.

  17. Rosey

    White vinegar is amazing in its versatality, isn’t it?! I appreciate this list. Clothes are expensive, we want them to last as long as possible.

  18. Love the tips! I used to always use a bit of vinegar to prevent my jeans from bleeding.

  19. I find that cold water does the best for us. I hate to see colors fade after a few washings. great tips

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