The best way to build a sustainable closet is by investing in quality clothes and collections and making the most out of what we have in our wardrobes. That’s why it is important to take good care of your clothes to make them last longer. You can extend the lifespan of your clothes by incorporating some good habits. Luckily, you don’t need to do a lot to make your garments retain their shine shape. Here are a few tips on how to care for your wardrobe;
1. Invest In Quality Clothes
While quality doesn’t necessarily mean going for expensive brand-name collections, it is always good to purchase quality clothing. By buying quality garments that never go out of style, you can have plenty of garments in your wardrobe shortly. You can always add a few pieces of cheaper, trendier pieces to your solid collection to spice things up.
These quality investment pieces have better construction and are made of thicker fabrics to make them last longer. In other words, when purchasing your garments, go for quality rather than quantity. You better have one quality pair of jeans that will serve you for years than five poorly-made jeans that will need to be replaced after a year.
How do you know a quality piece of clothing? Well, you can try to look into the details as well as buttons and tight seams. If the clothing is made of overly thin material or has loose buttons, threads, or snags, then these are indicators it may not be well made.
2. Clean Your Clothes as Per the Instructions
The tag on your shirt is there for a reason- it indicates the material your garment is made of and the laundering instructions that will ensure it retains its great shape. Therefore, it is important not to ignore care instructions as this may end up ruining your piece of clothing.
And in addition to following the laundering instructions on the tag, there are several other tips you need to keep in mind when in the laundry room:
- Wash your clothes inside-out, especially the dark ones. Jeans and hoods with dark materials tend to fade fast, especially when they rub against other garments. That’s why it is important to wash them inside out. This way, they will retain their dark shine for a long time.
- Invest in a clothesline. Some garments require line-dry, and if you ignore this and machine-dry them, you will be ruining their shape and color.
- Go for color-safe alternatives. Bleach indeed makes your white fabric whiter, but when used on colored or delicate clothes, it can stain them and damage their fibers. You don’t want to ruin your blue shirt with bleach just because it has wine stains, which is you should invest in color-safe alternatives such as hydrogen peroxide use.
- Take care of stains immediately you notice them. Stains, such as wine stains, can easily ruin your favorite shirt or cloth, which is why you should take care of it as soon as possible. The fastest way to remove wine stains, or most other stains from clothes, is by using hydrogen peroxide. Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and liquid soap and blot the stained area with this solution until the stain disappears. Also, you can mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, then blot the stain until it is gone.
- Use the right settings on your washer and dryer. While every model of washers and dryers has different settings, they all come with instruction manuals that indicate the right way of operating them. Knowing your dryer or washer settings ensures that you don’t ruin your garments using the wrong settings.
The bottom line is that your clothes can last longer and stay in good shape if you wash them the right way.
3. Invest In a Steamer for Straightening Creases
Ironing clothes are indeed a good way of removing wrinkles on clothes, and this is great for some garments such as suits. However, the chances of you ending up yellowing or burning other delicate clothing pieces when ironing them are high, which is why you need to invest in a steamer. A steamer uses moisture and heat to remove wrinkles on hanging clothes. It not only saves time but also helps to prevent instances of burning or yellowing fabrics by ironing.
4. Develop Good Storage Habits
How you store your clothes also dictates how they will last. Here are some of the good storage practices you can observe:
- Always fold sweaters instead of hanging them. Hanging your heavy sweaters, such as those made of wool, can stretch them out and make them lose their shape. The best way of storing heavy sweaters is by folding them.
- Invest in hangers with plush or wood arms. Although cheap and functional, Wire hangers can end up stretching your garments, which means they won’t fit you in a good way. That’s why you must invest in better hangers with plush arms, which helps keep your garments in good shape.
- Store clothes in breathable spaces. Your clothing needs breathing space for them to avoid wrinkles, fading, and feeling damp. That’s why you should look for more storage solutions if your closets are full.
- Button your shirts and zip your clothes when storing them. A wayward zipper on one garment can get stuck on another fabric and end up tearing it—the same way as buttons. Therefore, always ensure to zip up and button buttons to prevent this from happening.
5. Take Care of Your Shoes
Your shoes complete your outfit, which is why you should invest in quality, good-looking shoes and take good care of them. Leather shoes should be given a quick brush every time you take them off, and you need to polish them regularly to protect and restore their suppleness.
Overall, it would help if you kept your shoes clean and dry all the time as dirt and moisture tend to damage shoe surfaces. Also, store them in a shoe tree to stay in good shape and keep them from wrinkling and sagging over time.
Taking good care of your clothes and shoes can help make them last longer in good shape and sparkle. This means less investment in clothing and more savings. We hope the above tips on taking good care of your wardrobe have taught you a thing or two about making your clothes last longer.