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Extend the Lifespan of Your Clothes with These Easy Suggestions

We all know that buying clothes can take a big chunk out of our annual budgets. Yet, millions of Americans cannot wait for their next shopping excursion, whether it’d be a seasonal wardrobe refresh or just a fun, impromptu trip. If you find yourself on the opposite end of the spectrum and need to save some extra cash, look no further than these tips below, which will help you preserve your clothing for an extended period of time.

Take special care when washing your clothing.

Don't crowd your clothing when loading your washer. A very full washer will not allow the clothing to rinse as well, leading to a buildup of detergent and fabric softener. This can eventually make your clothes look more worn. It’s also recommended that you use cold water when washing. You can also consider flipping your clothing inside out before running it through the wash.

Treat stains as soon as possible.

Once a stain happens, it can be tempting to toss the affected clothing to the side and wait until a seemingly opportune time to wash it out. But, it’s not recommended that you let stains sit for long periods of time before washing. This only makes it more likely that the stain will set in. If you are having a garment dry cleaned, be sure to let your cleaner know of any stains and what caused them. This gives the cleaner a better chance of removing the stain. 

Store your clothing with love.

Tired of looking at a jam-packed closet? Aside from presenting you with an organizational nightmare, stuffing your clothing into a dresser or closet can damage them over them. Next time you hang freshly laundered clothing, give them some breathing room in your closet. Use only plastic, wood, or padded hangers and leave enough room between clothes to prevent wrinkles. When storing in a dresser or drawer, fold everything neatly – don't just shove your clothing in without a second thought. Investing in a few drawer organizers is also a smart idea if you’d like to keep your dressers in order.

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