10 Things You Need To Know!
We all have those favourite clothing items that get constant rotation. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make them last longer simply by changing up how we wash?!
And what if we told you that in doing so, you could also save time and money, whilst doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint?! Now that does sound good, right?!
Now, before you start to worry, let me start by saying that I know how busy you are! As a mum of two small kids, I get it. I also get the mountains of never-ending washing (sigh)!
That’s why I have put together some simple tips that you can try out to help you care for your clothes – without adding more items to your already long to-do list!
1. Buy better threads
Generally speaking, higher quality pieces will last longer due to the use of superior material and better manufacturing of the clothing.
Think of it this way, you could purchase one pair of jeans valued at $100 that will last you multiple years, or purchase new jeans each season for $60 each. It’s pretty obvious which of these options is better for the bank, and the environment!
I realise that it can sometimes be a little more expensive to shop better quality brands. For those of you on a budget (or who love a thrifty find), you’ll love the collection of quality secondhand clothing available on our website. We have the best brands on a budget, so there’s something for everyone.
2. Think before you wash
Washing seems like an endless battle. Just when you think you’re on top of it, another mountain to get through somehow sneaks up on you.
Considering how much time we spend washing our clothes, it’s surprising that we don’t often put a lot of effort into considering the best way to do it.
So, to get started, there are a few general rules to follow to take care of your clothes for the everyday load of washing:
- Don’t overfill your washing machine. Too many clothes can cause friction and may add up to some wear and tear. The trick here though, is to get the amount right – as washing with too little is also not a great use of water!
- Wash in cold water. This helps reduce carbon emissions and is much more gentle on your clothes.
- Use a garment bag for your delicates to help protect them during the wash.
- Don’t overdo the detergent. This can make clothes dull and stiff.
3. Treat them with care
Different materials need different care and laundering requirements.
Pay attention to the individual care labels on your clothes when washing them to keep them looking as good as new.
4. Say sayonara to stains!
There’s no doubt about it, life is messy! And with this mess, comes the inevitable clothing stains.
The best thing you can do is to treat the stains as soon as possible before they become set in.
My favourite recipe for removing those tricky stains is a 50/50 combo of castille soap and baking soda, mixed into a paste on the stain and then soaked overnight (this one’s a lifesaver – you’re welcome)!!
5. Wash less – hooray!!
Ok, so here’s the excuse you’ve been waiting for!!
If you think about what clothes go through during the washing process, you can easily understand how washing can have an impact on how long your clothes will last.
Now I’m not saying not to wash them at all, as although it would be a HUGE timesaver, it would probably cause a few other issues in its place!
As a general rule, try to wear clothes at least three times before washing.
I get that this is a lot more challenging for kids, so instead you could aim to wash when dirty – or if they are starting to get on the nose!
6. Get some air
We all love the convenience of the clothes dryer, especially in winter, but keep in mind that this is a real drainer on your energy bill and your clothes.
Letting your clothes air dry, by using a clothes line or rack, will prevent the risk of clothes overheating and damaging certain fibres (or even shrinking) in the drying process.
Now, I get that this can be a HUGE timesaver for all you busy parents! To be perfectly honest, I would be lost without my dryer as a backup, so don’t worry, there’s no judgement here! You decide what’s right for you.
7. Store to adore
Store clothes in a cool and dry place, away from any potential sources of moisture.
Fold delicates and heavy woolen pieces onto shelves or keep them in drawers.
If using hangers, make sure to not overstretch the garments at the neckline or shoulders.
Make sure clothes are clean when stored away, as traces of dirt may attract moths. You could also store some pouches of lavender with your clothes to help keep away moths and have your clothes smelling lovely!
8. The inside scoop
Wash garments inside out to prevent friction or wearing of detail and colour.
It’s worthwhile washing your dark clothes inside out to prevent fading.
Washing your t-shirts inside out will protect the print from getting damaged.
9. It’s on trend to mend!
Break out the needle and thread and try your hand at some mending skills!
You may be surprised how simple (and satisfying) it is to reattach a missing button or repair a small hole in your clothes.
You could even try your hand at repurposing or upcycling some old items into something completely new if you are a bit crafty – why not give it a go?!
10. Give those little clothes a long life!
Giving clothes a longer life is worthwhile for both your own wardrobe, and also your kids’ wardrobes!
I know when it comes to kids clothing, that these cute little threads are often outgrown before our eyes. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile investing some effort into these items too.
By purchasing better quality items (and taking care of your clothes) they will not only withstand the many activities your little ones will be putting them through, but they will also be worth more for when you are ready to sell them on to another family.
Giving these clothes a new life is an awesome way to not only earn a little extra cash, but also to do your bit for the planet too.
Head to the Jumping Jack ‘sell page’ to learn more about how we can help you when it’s time to sell your beautiful baby, kids’ and maternity clothes, so that they can continue to live on thanks to you!
That’s it! Now you’ve got all the tips you need to take care of your clothes so that they last longer!
Are you inspired to get some more handy hints? You might like this article on 10 tips to be an eco friendly family.
Have you got any other handy tips on helping your clothes last longer? We’d love to hear them! Please share them below so we can give them a try!