In today’s culture of fast fashion and trends that change by the week, you may be tempted to buy new clothes every few weeks! Instead of replacing your go-to pieces, take care of the ones you’ve got. These surprising laundry tips to make your clothes last longer will come in handy next time you throw a load in!
Be Proactive About Stains
Keep a few stain remover pens around. Put one in your purse, one in your junk drawer, and one in the laundry room. Don’t give stains enough time to soak in! If your shirt enjoys that glass of wine as much as you do, start blotting right away.
Go Light on Detergent
You don’t need as much laundry detergent as you think you do. It may smell amazing, but using too much detergent can leave a film on your clothing and speed up fading on dark colors. Use only the recommended amount of detergent for the size of your load.
Skip the Fabric Softener
Fabric softener sheets may bring a lovely floral scent to your laundry room, but omitting that step will ensure longer-lasting, more absorbent towels and socks. Combat static on your clothes with a reusable dryer ball—or even a ball of aluminum foil!
Protect Delicate Items
Sort your laundry before you toss it all in the washer; bras and blue jeans require very different care. Use a delicates bag for undergarments and wash them separately from more heavy-duty items. Turn T-shirts with logos on them inside out to prevent fading, pilling, and peeling.
Salt Your Colors
To keep bright colors from fading, add a teaspoon or two of salt to the wash. A little salt in the water does wonders to prevent bleeding and combat stubborn stains. It can also help remove mildew and yellowing from shower curtains.
Next time you do a load of laundry, remember these pointers and be wise with your washing. These surprising laundry tips to make your clothes last longer will make laundry day more productive—and interesting!