8 Ways to Make Your Clothing Last

If you are practical, eco-savvy and smart, then you’ll find ways to make your clothing last. Here are eight tips to help you along:

1. Dry your clothes on low. Not only will this save energy, but it also extends the life of your clothing.

2. Sew up holes ASAP. A little hole isn’t such a big deal, but a little hole will become a big hole. Sewing up a hole as soon as you see it will make your clothing last longer.

3. Save your buttons. Save every single button that you find. If your shirt comes with an extra button, save it. Also, if some clothes are so ragged that they cannot be reused, snag the button(s). This way, if you lose a button, there is a good chance that you’ll have a matching button on hand.

4. Wash clothes in cold water. This also saves energy. Most clothes wash just fine in cold water. Fabrics hold up better this way.

5. Zip up your zippers before washing. You know how chickens eat gravel to digest food in their gizzards? Well, washing an unzipped zipper is kind of like gravel in a chicken’s gizzard. Those zippers will flap around the washer and dryer, tearing at your other clothes.

6. Wash your clothes less often. You don’t need to wash your clothes just because you wore it once. Give it a sniff test and wear it again. It’s not gross. It’s smart.

7. Cut out tags. Don’t tear. I hate those little labels in shirts, when they tickle my neck. But resist the urge to pull them out. Gently cut it out with scissors, instead. You can cause a hole if you yank.

8. Use a front-loading washing machine. Front loaders are gentler, and more energy-efficient, than top loaders.

Do you have any other tips to add to make your clothing last longer?

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By Josh Peterson, Planet Green


William C
William C4 months ago


W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thank you.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ
Sonia M8 months ago

Good article with useful tips,thanks for sharing

R Archambault
R Archambault2 years ago

Was clothing inside-out. Any snags or imperfections will not be seen from the outside. This also saves the finish on your items.

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Thanks for the good tips.

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin4 years ago

great tips thanks for sharing

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Shanti S.
S S5 years ago

Thank you.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Air dry if possible and turn really nice stuff inside out.

LMj Sunshine
James M5 years ago

Thank you, great tips! Use all except not always #8, along with turning clothes inside out.