The joy of having new clothes can quickly turn into frustration when they start to fall apart on you. Buying cheap won’t save you money in the long run if your items are ruined, unwearable or need constant repairs. Here are 7 tips to make sure the clothes you buy will last longer:
How To Make Your Clothes Last Longer
Here is a list of tips if followed, can make your clothes last longer;
1. Wash them with regular detergent (don’t use fabric softeners).
Fabric softener coats clothing and prevents water from penetrating, meaning that water-based stain removers cannot work their magic. Plus, lint tends to stick more readily to fabrics treated with fabric softener; this makes it harder for dryer sheets and spray treatments intended to reduce static cling to really do their work.
2. Tumble dry at a low temperature setting or line dry whenever possible.
The heat of the dryer breaks down fibers, which causes clothes to wear out more quickly and can even shrink them depending on what you’re drying. Plus, fabrics can catch fire when exposed to high heat in both the washer and the dryer, so it’s much safer to air-dry your items when possible.
3. Use cold water to wash delicate garments, like cashmere sweaters or silk blouses .
Too much hot water will cause rhinestones on sequined tops or embroidery on cashmere sweaters to fall off; this might not happen right away but over time they will.
4. Don’t overload the washer, which can cause your clothes to wear out prematurely.
When you do this, you’re essentially stretching the fabric taut and then letting it snap back into shape once hit with water (think about how rubber bands work). This causes shrinking, pilling and snagging. It will also make items like jeans lose their shape faster; instead of having them rub against one another in the machine during the wash cycle, fold or hang them up so they don’t get stretched out.
5. Use a delicate detergent for hand-washables, like silk blouses and fancy dresses .
For these items, use a mild detergent (like Woolite or Baby shampoo ) diluted in lukewarm water. For extra protection against colour fading, soak clothes for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing them with cold water.
6. Dry your clothes on low heat
Using high heat breaks down fibres more quickly than using low heat does; it can also cause colours to fade much more rapidly over time. While it’s tempting to save money by drying everything at high temperatures whenever possible, remember that you’ll be wearing your clothes less often if their shape is compromised and they’ve faded.
7. Hang delicate garments when possible
You can still dry sweaters and thinner items using a low heat setting in the dryer, but don’t place them directly on the drum; instead, hang them up so they retain their shape better and won’t shrink or stretch out of shape. For thicker items like jeans and heavier shirts, fold them in half lengthwise before hanging so they take up less space in your drawers and therefore wear out slower.
If you do all this, not only will everything last longer but it’ll also come out looking fantastic every time! Happy washing!