Haven’t we all been disheartened by the fraying of the collar of a favourite shirt? Or when the best-fitting jeans get faded? Sure, we can replace it with a new one, but that could be expensive. And some things like that sweater a loved one knit, or a top bought during a vacation abroad that brings back memories have sentimental value making them irreplaceable.
Nothing lasts forever but your clothes can last longer if you handle them with a little more care. Preserve your wardrobe and get more out of your clothes with these simple tips.
Sort Clothes Carefully
This is almost a no-brainer, but most people forget this very important step of doing laundry right. As a rule, sort your clothes by colour and type of fabric. Similar colours can be washed together but whites should never be combined with colours. After all, you don’t want a red sock to bleed all over your white shirt and turn it pink. Similarly, wash your delicate silks and cashmere separately, because they might come with vastly different washing instructions.
Use A Delicates Bag
To avoid your undergarments from getting stretched out, put them into a delicates bag and then load them in a washing machine. Your dress shirts should also go into a delicates bag as it will act as a protective barrier and prevent the collars from fraying. However, don’t overload them- make sure you only add 2-3 pieces of clothing in each bag.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Dryers weaken the delicate fibres of your clothes, wearing them off sooner. Instead, air dry your clothes the natural way by hanging them on a clothesline or laying them flat on the floor over a towel. Make sure you don’t dry them in direct sunlight as this will lead to colour fading. Air drying is not only cost-effective, but it also increases the life span of your clothes.
Iron-On The Inside-Out
Always iron your clothes on the inside. Turning your clothes; mainly jeans, t-shirts and jerseys inside out before ironing will preserve their colour and quality, and also protect any embellishments on the front from melting due to the heat.
Read The Labels For Garment Care
Clothing tags are present in every garment you wear- yet, we pay very little to no attention to it! If they mention ‘dry-clean only’, you would regret tossing your clothes in the washer. Do as it says — dry clean only!
Close All The Fastenings
Unzipped zippers and buttons can get stuck on to other clothes and cause rips and tears, especially when you’re trying to quickly pull them out of your closet. When storing clothes, make sure they are buttoned up and zipped so that they don’t snag on anything.
Store In A Clothes Bag To Prevent Dust
Your heavy embroidered garments, particularly sarees or other embellished Indian wear should be stored in a clothes bag. This will protect them from moisture and dust that can cause your clothes and embellishments to lose their shine.
Use Naphthalene Balls To Prevent Insects
Place naphthalene balls in your closet to keep your clothes smelling fresh always. They also help in keeping moths away that might eat away at your clothes.
Use Vinegar To Remove Sweat Stains
Unsightly sweat and deodorant stains ruining your expensive shirt? Get rid of them by soaking it in a mixture of vinegar and cold water for about 20 minutes and gently rubbing it off.
Change The Order Of Your Clothes
If you tend to pull out the most accessible garment in your closet first, you will naturally wear it out sooner. A good way to avoid this is by rotating your clothes. After laundry day, place your recently washed clothes at the back of your closet so that other items can be moved to the front, be seen and worn. This will reduce the wear and tear that more frequently used items go through.
Practice these simple hacks to enhance your wardrobe’s lifespan. For more tips, read our blog on 6 Tips To Take Care Of Delicate And Expensive Clothing. For clothes that are trendy and last for a long time, head on over to Shoppers Stop online or in-store.
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