Nowadays there are plenty of opportunities for people to buy clothes unlike centuries ago, for example. There are malls, shops and a lot of online stores which offer people a great variety of clothes. People even have the opportunity to buy clothes from the other side of the world, or even to travel there to get clothes themselves.
However, this does not mean that people should be carefree about their clothes and just to wear a clothing once or twice and then to throw it out. This is not good for the environment and not good for the world economy. It is better to donate such clothes to people who do not have that much in life.
Or a person could simply continue wearing their old clothes just because they like them. This would help a person cut down expenses on clothes and as a result a person could spend more money on other things.
Today we are going to help you find out how to prolong the life of your clothes so you can wear them longer and save yourself money.
#1 Wash with cold water
The first rule is very simple. You need to wash clothes with cold water if you want to keep the fabric stronger longer. Hot water damages fabrics and wears them out. The colder the water you wash clothes in is, the better it is for them.
#2 Treat stains right away
The next thing you could do if you want to make sure clothes will last longer is to treat stains immediately. The reason for this is protection of the fabric. If a stain is not treated immediately it will get dry and thus it will be harder to remove from the fabric.
And then the more you wash and treat the stain with different detergents, or bleach even, this would ruin the fabric itself. This goes especially for stains which are hard to come out, like stains from blood, grass, ink, and others.
#3 Do not use dryer
The next thing which will help you elongate the life of your clothes is letting them dry on their own and not using dryer. Surely it is very fast and easy to use a dryer after you have washed your clothes but this damages the fabric just the way, for example, a hairdryer damages one’s beautiful hair.
That is why, after you have washed clothes with cold water, hang them on your balcony, or in your garden. It may be a bit old-fashioned but it will help your clothes last. Another benefit of drying clothes outside is using the power of the sun and the wind which will help kill remaining bacteria on clothes.
#4 Repair your clothes
There is a saying “Money is silver but a needle and thread – gold”. A person needs to learn how to repair their clothes in order to use them longer and to save money at the same time. If there is a hole, for example, you could put some sticker on top to hide it and to keep using it.
If you have a hole in your jeans, you could rub it some more to make it look it is done on purpose, as you know thorn jeans are very popular nowadays. As for some knitwear, you could remove the balls of wool appearing on the surface of sweater with a razor. Just shave the balls of wool and the sweater will look as good as new.
#5 Only wash when necessary
The next thing you should have in mind when you take care of your clothes is to wash them only when it is necessary and not after every time you wear them. Of course, this does not include underwear but items such as jeans and sweaters for example.
If you have only worn a pair of jeans once, would you really need to wash them? Or some sweater that smells good and does not have any sweat stains on? Maybe you could wear them once again before washing them.
This way the fabrics will be less exposed to the damaging effect of the washing machine which also means that this will help them last longer.
#6 Wear different clothes at home
There are a lot of people who wear the same outfit throughout the whole day from work up until they go to bed at night. It is better to take off your office clothes once you come back home and to put something more comfortable.
This way you protect your clothes from some eventual stains and you will give them a break which will also prolong their life. The less you wear clothes, the longer they will last since there will not be any rubbing or additional damaging to the clothes.