Taking good care of your clothing means you can wear them for longer. Of course that’s not always good. I’ve been to several meetings recently where the pants I was wearing were older than many of my colleagues in attendance! The pants have been around so long, they’re thankfully back in style. It all comes back in fashion, doesn’t it? As long as it’s not the dirndl skirt that’s coming back. Please no dirndl skirts! Here are my 5 top tips for making clothes last longer.
How to make clothes last longer
- Put your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes or less to get wrinkles out, then hang dry. Use racks or hangers to hang. Hang clothing upside down so that no clothespin marks are left on your shoulder seams. No one likes big dimples in their shoulder seams.
- Wash your clothes inside-out. That way the wear and tear is on the inside. Plus, that’s generally where clothes are more dirty, unless you’ve spilled while eating, in which case I suggest soaking your garment before washing. And, consider an adult bib – otherwise known as an over-the-head apron.
- Air your dirty laundry – yes, this is the only time I’m advocating airing out your dirty laundry – hang your clothes up after you’ve worn them and let them air out, especially dry clean only garments. Let the smells escape and you’ll find you can wear them again rather than cleaning more often.
- Always clean your woolens before storing, including your wool blankets. Moths are attracted to body smells and will make holes in your beloved cashmere sweater.
- Skip the moth balls and tuck a lavender sachet into your woolens when you store them. Moth balls have been shown to cause cancer and lavender smells much better. You can even make one yourself….
How do you make your clothing last longer? Any tips you’d add to this list?
Go Gingham related links:
Cleaning wool blankets – DIY and save the dry cleaning costs
Mitered cloth napkins I made from an old Ralph Lauren dirndl skirt
How to take apart a skirt to use for something else –like cloth napkins?
How to remove tags from clothing
BlogHer Food and too much fun – a good example of clothing coming back into style!