We’ve all been doing laundry for our entire adult lives, if not longer. So, you’d think we would have a pretty good idea of what to do and how to do it, right? Well, the answer here is: partially, yes. But did you know there are a few simple things we can during the laundering process that can make our clothes last longer? Here are our top 5 tips.
- Read the labels of all your garments carefully, and follow the exact laundering instructions they recommend, rather than lumping everything together and increasing the possibility of one or more garments wearing down quicker than usual.
- Do up all zippers and buttons to keep exposed edges from catching on other garments and ripping holes.
- Turn all garments inside out to reduce the chance of items producing lint and discoloration/fading on the outside.
- Pre-treat all stains prior to washing them by using a stain remover. Skipping this step can actually make the stain harder to remove down the road.
- Any items that were pre-treated with stain remover should be left to air dry to help ensure the stain was in fact removed during that cycle. Placing these items in the dryer (if the stain was not fully removed) will solidify the stain further (due to the heat of the dryer) and make it far more difficult to remove.