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11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Celebrate Earth Day with these 11 easy tips to make your clothes last longer & to keep unnecessary textiles out of the landfills. Making your clothes last longer is also the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck. Discover which clothing items to hang-dry, how to get rid of clothing pills & fuzz, how to avoid makeup smudges on clothes; ideas to repurpose your clothes & why you should switch to natural laundry products. 

What you’ll need to make your clothes last longer:

practical and easy tips to make your clothes last longer

TIP #1 – HOW TO PROTECT CLOTHES WITH EMBELLISHMENTS

Protect your embellished clothing by hanging it up to dry. Anything with rhinestones, sequins, studs or unique buttons should never be placed in the dryer.

The high heat from the dryer & a load of wet clothes can easily damage the unique & delicate features on your clothing. 

**This is the only time that I use plastic non-slip hangers, because velvet hangers aren’t meant for wet clothing. 

clothing you should hang dry

TIP #2 – MAKE YOUR UNDERWEAR LAST LONGER

Let’s get personal & chat about underwear. I wash them as normal, but I hang them to dry. I’ve done this for years & have definitely noticed a huge difference.

Hanging them up to dry keeps the elastic band from getting stretched out. It’s also a great tip for underwear with delicate details. 

TIP #3 – HOW TO MAKE YOUR BRAS LAST LONGER

Don’t have patience to hand-wash your bras? Same. My laundry room doesn’t have a sink, so it’s not convenient for me to hand-wash them. 

I toss my bras into a bra cage before tossing them into the washer. This prevents bras from getting tangled around clothes or digging the bra hooks into other clothing.  Bras are another clothing item that should be hung to dry.  

TIP #4 – HOW TO PREVENT MAKEUP SMUDGES

Don’t want to get makeup smudges on your clothes? Try this easy solution.

Place a shower cap over your face, as if it were a Halloween mask. Yes, you’ll look silly for 2.5 seconds, but your clothing won’t have makeup smudges.

TIP #5 – HOW-TO DE-FUZZ & DE-PILL YOUR CLOTHING

Invest in a fabric shaver! Not only is this a powerful tip to keep your clothes lasting longer, it’s also really gratifying.

Fabric shavers are so powerful at preventing your clothes from looking ragged & worn. With little effort, you can easily de-pill your clothing.  

de-pill clothes

When this 5-year old, $5.00 thrift store dress started pilling, my fabric shaver made it look as good as new.

BONUS: If I ever get tired of this dress, I can repurpose the fabric into a unique color-block pillow. Here’s a great tutorial for how to repurpose clothing into pillows.

TIP #6 – DON’T WASH YOUR CLOTHES WITH TOXIC DETERGENT

Don’t destroy your clothes by using toxic laundry products. Conventional {aka toxic} laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals that are abrasive to clothing.

Show your clothes some love & swap your chemicals for natural alternatives. Your clothes will thank you.

TIP #7 – REMOVE STAINS WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS

I use & love this stain & odor remover, because it’s as effective as its “toxic counterpart.”

Stain Removal Tips

♦ The sooner you can treat the stains, the better the outcome.

♦ Wash in cold water. If you wash it in hot water, the hot water will “set” the stain deep into the fibers.

♦  If the stain is still present, either re-treat & wash OR hang to dry, until you’re ready to wash another load of clothes again. 

TIP #8 – NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE WASHER OR DRYER

This tip is going to piss off a lot of know-it-all-mommy-bloggers & MLM scammy sellers, but you need to know this!

  • Do NOT use essential oils in a homemade laundry detergent recipe;
  • Do NOT place drops directly into your washing machine;
  • & definitely do NOT place essential oil drops onto dryer balls. 

Trust me, I tried all of the methods above, & with every method I tried, oil-stained clothing was the result.  

TIP #9 – PROTECT YOUR CLOTHES WHEN COOKING

Coconut oil can be pretty damn difficult to lift from clothing. Don’t forget to wear your aprons when you’re cooking & baking! 

super hero kitchen aprons

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we have super hero kitchen aprons. Marriage goals, huh? 🙂

TIP #10 – HOW TO REPURPOSE, UPCYCLE & REUSE YOUR CLOTHES

Repurposing your clothes & finding another use for them is the best way to make them last longer. 

  • Super soft t-shirts that no I longer like to wear outside of the house become PJ sleep shirts.
  • Clothes that still fit but are worn/stained become DIY project clothes. I organize my DIY project clothes in a large fabric storage bin. 

ideas to repurpose your clothes

TIP #11 – WHY YOU SHOULD REMOVE THE DRY CLEANING BAG

If you absolutely, positively have to take clothing to the dry cleaner’s, remove the plastic bag as soon as you get home. Storing clothing with the plastic bag is likely to cause the clothing to yellow. 

The low-down on organic dry cleaners…

  • By the way, if you’re curious, Organic Dry Cleaning doesn’t really mean anything & it would be appropriate to call most of them “green-washers.” Just as with cosmetics, there isn’t any standard a company has to meet in order to use the terms “green” “all-natural” or “organic.”
    • Just do your research on organic dry cleaners. You shouldn’t pay a premium price for a service that isn’t actually organic. 
  • Green Alternatives to Dry-Cleaning 
BENEFITS TO MAKING YOUR CLOTHES LAST LONGER

These 11 easy tips to make your clothes last longer really help prolong the life of your clothes. It’s a win-win. You save money keeping your clothes looking newer longer. The environment also wins because your keeping less textiles from clogging up landfills.  

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  • P.S. – You can buy & sell your clothes with ThredUp to save even more money & to save the environment at the same time. Happy second-hand shopping! 🙂 

HAPPY EARTH DAY! 

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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