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5 Ways to Extend the Life Of Your Clothes

5 Ways to Extend the Life Of Your Clothes

T shirts fade. Jeans get ripped.†Your favorite sweater gets ruined after a run-in with an ice cream cone. It might be painful to toss out your old clothes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little preparation, you can extend the life of your wardrobe. Read on for tips, and if you have any of your own, feel free to share in the comments!

1. Avoid Dryers if You Can. Dryers might be†convenient, but they will only contribute to your favorite jean’s inevitable demise: heat. If you have the time and space, air dry your laundry whenever possible.

2… And Avoid Washers, Too! Well, for jeans and delicates, at least. Hand washing is absolutely the best way to make your denim and underwear last as long as possible. Wash jeans in cold water, sans soap, and let them hangdry.

3. Freeze Your Hose. Weird but true: sticking your panty hose in the freezer for at least a day after you buy them will extend their life. Freezing strengthens the fibers, according to All you have to do is run the panty hose under tap water, place in a plastic bag and freeze for 24 hours, and then let them thaw naturally.†You can also stick ‘em back in the freezer before each wear.

4. Clean Stains, Scuffs and Anything Else ASAP. The best way to prevent a full-on disaster is to tackle stains on your clothes and scuffs on your shoes as soon as they happen. You want to blot clothing stains, not rub, with whatever cleaning solution works for the type of stain you have, before throwing it in the washer.

5. Vinegar is Your Friend. Plain white vinegar is one of the best DIY cleaners out there — and it does wonders preserving brights and whites.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and womenís issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:35PM PDT on May 24, 2015

Also, keep the wardrobe open regularly, or put them on a clothes line in sunny windy days, so they can have some fresh air.

9:01AM PST on Mar 5, 2014


3:46PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

thank you

3:45PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

thank you

2:00AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

I should try the hosiery trick.

9:12PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

thank you!

1:15AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Good tips to live by ... But ... I still like to throw my jeans in the washing machine, as they have been worn several times. Also they fit so much better after they have gone through the machine.

However, no one should throw their undies in the machine!
Wash them at night, rinse and hang to dry without the sunshine.
Sunshine damages the elastic and bleeds out the colour.
Also, never iron your undies! It just burns out the fabric.

3:58PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

I agree hand washing and not using a dryer would be the way to go and I do this most times with a few items. But wouldn't hand wash jeans, however; but I never dry them in the dyer. Didn't know about vinegar, the link is great. Thank you for the post!

2:24AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Thank you :)

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