How to properly care for your clothes

When did you learn to wash your clothes? Almost everyone has been there… going from your mother washing your clothes to you taking care of your own clothes when you head off to college or your own apartment feels like going from 0-100 instantly. Many people don’t know where to start and get very stressed when their expensive clothes come out looking like they got them at a cheap thrift store.

Here are a couple of tips in order to keep your clothes looking like they’re purchased recently and hardly used instead of faded and worn out.

How to properly care for your clothes

Quality over price

No sane person would tell you to buy clothes from very expensive brands. However, it is wise to pick clothes which are known for their quality. Even if they don’t look as fancy as your peers’ clothes, they will last longer, which is what you want because you don’t have unlimited money to work with. Set a budget for fun party clothes, a pair of jeans you can wear daily, and similar clothes that will last you for longer than you’ll be in college.

Laundry is not for fun

Many clothes have instructions on how to wash them printed on their tags. If you don’t have the time to hand-wash clothes or clean clothes in a special way, avoid buying such clothes.

General techniques when washing your clothes in a laundry room

When it comes to washing your clothes in a laundry room, there are some things we need to go over through. First of all, you have to wash dark clothes inside out. You also need to invest in a clothesline or drying rack. In addition, you should remember to always wash clothing with metal separately. Another two great tips is to wash your clothes less and to practice good hygiene

While this is obvious to many, it really does keep your clothes cleaner and in a much better state than if you didn’t practice good hygiene. Showering every day, applying deodorant on a regular basis, and using clean undergarments all do their part in keeping your clothes clean.

How to properly care for your clothes

Dress after you do your hair and makeup

Women’s clothing has a much rougher time than men’s clothing because women use many cosmetics which can stain and fade clothes. Doing your hair and makeup before you dress up is key to sidestepping these everyday issues.

The dryer is convenient but comes at a price

Everyone uses a dryer because of how convenient it is. If you were to make a list of the most damaging appliances to clothing, the dryer would be at the top of the list. The heat from a dryer has the potential to scorch, shrink, and fade clothes. If you really want to use your dryer, try lowering the temperature settings but keeping the dry time the same. This will give your clothes a longer life. Clothes might be some of our best friends, so we must learn how to make good use and take care of them.