Imagine this – you get a new T-shirt, a quite expensive one at that. You love your new T-shirt, but alas, it gets dirty after a while, just like T-shirts tend to do sometimes. You wash it, dry it, and as you’re taking it out of the dryer, your lovely new T-shirt doesn’t look so lovely or new anymore. This is a scenario that most of us have unfortunately experienced, some even more than once. In order to break the habit of destroying your new clothes, read on and find out how to make your clothes last longer.
Read the labels
We cannot stress this enough – read those labels! They are there for a reason. If you’re disobeying the holy label frequently, then there’s no wonder your clothes get wrecked on the laundry day. Also, if the garment states that it should be dry cleaned, washing it on cool sadly won’t cut it. We know that picking up dry cleaning can be a hassle sometimes, so you can try finding a great dry cleaning delivery service in your area. This way you can just drop off your laundry and the service will take care of the rest.
Avoid the dryer
Dryers are one of the most convenient appliances one can have, but they are also the number one clothes destroyer. They can be quite hard on your electric bill too. Try line drying instead. If you don’t have resources to line dry since sometimes landlords don’t allow this practice, you may get a cheap clothes drying rack. Though it may take some time for your clothes to dry this way, you will notice the increase in longevity of your clothes.
Buy quality materials
This may seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people tend to forget this. If your clothes are made of quality fabric and you treat it with care it will last much longer. Quality doesn’t come for cheap though, but there’s a way to cheat the system. Go to your local thrift store and there’s a chance that you’ll be amazed with what you find. Materials such as silk, nice cotton blends and expensive linen are waiting for you to get them for a price of a couple of bucks. As Macklemore said – one man’s trash is another man’s come up.
Store your clothes with care
You may be shocked when you hear that there are some rules for storing clothes! Items such as heavy sweaters should never be hanged, for example. How to know what to fold and what to hang, then? If the piece of clothing is heavy and stretchy it should be folded because it can lose the shape on the hanger. However, if the item tends to wrinkle, like things made of linen do, then they’ll last longer when hanged.
Mending clothes isn’t hard
A needle and thread aren’t your enemies, though there’s a chance you’ll prick your finger while using them. But this shouldn’t be a big problem. If you have a small rip on your jeans or a shirt you can learn how to fix them up on your own by watching a couple of YouTube tutorials. However, if a tear is too complex to be stitched up on your own or you’re just not too confident to be your own seamster, you can find a local tailor who’ll happily do the job for you.
Mesh laundry bag for delicates
When doing the laundry the delicates seem to be the first ones to get ruined. In order to make them last longer get a mesh laundry bag. Some items that should be hand washed can be treated like this too. Put items such as socks, lingerie and baby items in the mesh bag and there’s no way they’ll be stretched or otherwise destroyed in the washer.