Does it seems like you have bad luck with clothes? Are your tops and jeans shrinking? Do you find random holes in your shirts? Do the colors fade?
Here are a few tips that I’ve learned to help keep even the cheapest clothes looking new longer.
- Read the tags. I’m not talking the tags at the neck of your shirts. I’m talking about the tags that the manufacturers put inside (usually the left side) of shirts. These tags will give you a really good idea of how to launder your clothes.
- Do not pull the stores tag off of your shirt. Always use scissors to cut it off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled on a tag only to put a tiny hole in my shirt.
- When cooking, try really hard to always use an apron. You can find some really cute aprons nowadays like this Cuisine Couture Apron ($22.40 – Anthropologie).
- Stay away from the dryer. I try not to dry any of my clothes to prevent damage or shrinking. I find that some tops, even if the tags says it’s okay to dry them, change shape in the dryer. They shrink in odd spots or they can look stretched out. I have to keep my jeans out of the dryer to prevent shrinking and fading.
- ALWAYS Wash it on gentle cycle, in cold water and with like colors unless it says DRY CLEAN ONLY.
- Immediately remove shirts from the washer to prevent wrinkling. If you have shirts that end up coming out wrinkled, throw them in the dryer on the lowest setting for a few minutes. Do not walk away from the dryer.
- Lay shirts flat, hang them on hangers or over chairs to dry. Make sure they aren’t over anything that will leave an odd looking crease or mark on the shirt.
- Only wash denim if you have to. I usually wash my denim once a week unless I spill something on them or they get really dirty outside.
- Wash denim on cold and on gentle.
- Wash dark denim inside out to prevent color fade.
- Don’t dry denim. I always line dry my denim in the house to prevent shrinking or fading.
Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping clothes looking new? Please share using the comment form below.