Most people spend an average of $100-$250 a month on clothing related expenses a month. Therefore, having to deal with degrading clothing can be a frustrating expense when you’ve already spent a certain amount on the purchase and maintenance of the things that you wear on a daily basis.
Whether your clothing is for your own personal expression or for your work attire that you must wear in order to keep an air of professionalism on a day to day basis, having clothes that look clean, in good condition, and aren’t full of holes or stains is essential.
In order to stretch your dollar and avoid spending extra money on unnecessary clothing expenses, here are the best tips for making your clothes last.
Store Your Clothes Properly
It is important to keep your clothes either hanging up or in a drawer which is free of critters, moisture, or anything like smoke or mold. When your clothing is stored in improper ways it risks your clothes getting ruined at a much faster rate.
Make sure that you are taking the proper precautions for storage such as getting rid of moths in your closets, sealing off cracks where unpleasant odors sink through, or properly insulating walls in order to prevent moisture and mold.
Wash In Cold Water On Delicate
One of the best ways to preserve the colors of your clothing and prevent unnecessary wear and tear is washing your clothing on the coldest setting on a delicate wash cycle. This way your clothes will last much longer and the colors won’t become a lifeless faded color.
This is important particularly with jeans which can lose their dye and even transfer their dye onto other clothes. With your more delicate items you may even want to consider skipping the washing machine altogether and choosing to hand wash in the sink. This way you can ensure that it is washed with the least possible aggression, as even washing machines on delicate cycles can be hard on more delicate items.
Always Carry a Stain Pen
You never know when you are going to spill coffee on yourself or a drip of spaghetti sauce will make its way down to your white silk blouse. When this happens the best way to act is fast. By carrying around a stain pen you can make sure that you eliminate the stain immediately rather than letting it sink in longer and risk not being able to get it out at a later time.
Buy Quality Clothing
Above all buying clothing which is made properly with high quality fabrics are what will most determine the longevity of your clothing. The more high quality that you buy, the longer it will last and hold up after multiple wears and washes.