My Chic Obsession: 6 ways to make your clothing last longer

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

When you take care of your clothes, you take care of yourself. And by making your clothing last as long as possible, you save money, get to hold onto the things you love and make the most out of your wardrobe.

Here are some tips how:

1. Follow washing machine instructions

Things such as what temperature to wash your items, length of time and what you wash them with can make a big difference in the longevity of your clothing. Be sure not to stuff your laundry machine either, so your clothes can get the proper soap and rinsing they need.

2. Don’t let stains sit

You can’t always prevent stains from happening. But you can try to wash them right away and do your best to protect your clothing (such as wearing an apron when cooking with grease).

3. Store things properly

Delicate items, such as sweaters, are best folded and not hung up to avoid getting permanent stretches in the shoulders from the hangers.

4. Hang clothes to dry

If possible, hanging your clothes to dry instead of always using the dryer helps to protect against excessive amounts of heat. Be mindful if you hang clothes outside in the sun as that can fade the color quickly.

5. Use a gentle detergent

Aggressive stain removers and detergents can wear on your clothes in time. Unless it’s a hot summer day, your clothes usually don’t need to be washed after one wear. Try to reduce the number of times you wash your clothes. When you do wash them, use a gentle detergent to prolong their life.

6. Repair

Before you throw something away, see if you can sew on the missing button, or get the rip fixed to make the item as good as new.

Carolyn Arentson is a fashion blogger from Dubuque. Find more fashionable tips at

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