Tips To Keep Your Clothes in Good Condition

Nobody wants to go out and buy a new wardrobe every year. Who has the time? And perhaps more importantly, who has the money? A better plan is to care for the clothes you have so they last well into the future. Then, you can treat yourself to a new item every so often, while still maintaining that core capsule wardrobe.

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With that in mind, here are some tips on how you can look after your clothes:

 Read the labels

First, take notice of the item’s label. Some clothes, such as sweaters and black trousers, are better washed in a cold cycle to avoid shrinking, misshaping and any possible fading of the colour. If you use a combination washer dryer, be sure to stick to just the wash cycle, in order to avoid the same pitfalls.

You can afford to take labels that say ‘dry clean recommended’ with a pinch of salt and simply hand wash the item yourself. However, if the label reads ‘dry clean only,’ then it’s best to take this quite literally. You want the item to last, so let the experts take the lead on these.

Sort well

Just how you wash your clothes will also have an impact on their condition and how long they last. First things first – sort well. This doesn’t just mean whites with whites and colours with colours. It’s also best to sort according to the type of fabric, specifically regarding weight, and amount of dirt as well.

Pair your jeans with towels, as heavy items can be quite harsh on a washing machine, and wash your muddy trousers, socks and jumpers in a load by themselves. Dirt can break down fibres, so washing extremely soiled clothes with items that are only somewhat dirty can end up distressing them all.

Delicate items, such as those made of silk and satin, can be washed together but only on a delicate cycle. Use cold water to be as kind as possible to these delicate fabrics and consider using a mesh bag, so they don’t get tangled up during the cycle.

Limit treatment

Finally, limit any sort of treatment. Bleach, in particular, can wear down fabrics. Even ironing – if the temperature is too high – can decrease the lifespan of your clothes. Be sure to read the label for any ironing instructions, and follow them to a tee, no matter how impatient you get!

So, with a few simple tips, you can keep your clothes in good condition, for a long time.

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20 thoughts on “Tips To Keep Your Clothes in Good Condition

  1. Great tips for maintaining clothes in good condition, especially those that need special care…

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your Shoegal Out In The World

  2. Very,very good tips here. It is much wiser to take care of clothes rather than having to buy frequently because of lack of proper care.

  3. I don’t use bleach, and i don’t iron my clothes. From the dryer, I will just hang them.

  4. nice tips! one thing really agree with sorting them based on their fabric type..

  5. i used to wash my clothes before with hands, but its really tiring, so i used to wash them on machine wash but in low movement after that i wash them with hands. good tips!!

  6. Washing fashion clothes through washing machine isn’t good. So this tips will really help to keep our clothes in good condition.

  7. This reminds me that I need to take much better care of my clothes. I normally just wash like colors together and not even think about dividing by fabric type. I will definitely try to use these tips to get more use of of my clothes

  8. Very good tips for caring your clothes. This is a must for everybody to take good care of your clothing.

  9. i learned something new from this post, like wadhing jeans together with the towels. wil keep these tips in mind.

  10. I like the sort well part. I never thought of pairing jeans with towels for washing ever. So that’s a great tip.

  11. These are all good tips on caring of our clothes to make them last longer. What I am only thinking is that this clearly needs time and for those people who has a busy schedule I don’t think they can sort or read the labels of all the clothes that they are about to put in the laundry 🙂 mmmmm….

    Also, I wanted to add maybe if you let me lol! ( This is what I usually do) after washing the clothes as much as possible I hanged them with a hanger to dry that way when get dried I do not have to iron them which is good for some clothes 🙂

    www.marssyreese.com

  12. Those are some great tips! I definitely think reading the labels so you wash well is a good start. Nothing as saddening as loosing a favorite piece of clothing

  13. now i understand why it needs to be like the way you are doing it. for next time, i will keep in mind about doing this so as i will take good care of my clothes well.

  14. Taking good care of clothes is such a meticulous task. Some clothes material should really be only manually washed by hands.

  15. You are absolutely right Mary Jane, nobody has the time and money to buy clothing on a daily basis. That is why we should take good care of our clothing. Your advices are very useful! Thanks for sharing them!
    Hugs,
    Rally

  16. Proper sorting is really important when it comes to clothes to keep it neat and organized.

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