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 dailyfinance.com. 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.