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Since I have a large family, I desperately try hard to make our clothes last as long as possible. We are a big hand me down family. 

Ok, I admit, a few on my kiddos aren’t too keen on this idea, but they have managed to survive. 

how to make your clothes last longer

Over the years, I’ve come up with a few practical tips to keep our clothes looking as much like new as possible. I have five boys, so preserving hand me downs has become somewhat of my expertise.

9 Practical Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

1.  Read the Labels.

This is probably the biggest mistake that most people make when it comes to maintaining the life of clothing. Read and follow the labels. It’s a bummer when your son’s underwear and socks turn pink and he refuses to wear them anymore.

2.  Use a Laundry Bag.

Go to the Walmart or the Dollar Store and buy a few of these simple netted bags. I always put my bras, bathing suits, and socks in them to avoid getting lost or caught in the washer/dryer and ruining the hooks. 

3. Iron Precautions.

Always put a cloth between the clothing and iron on delicate fabrics. Also, I’ve been guilty of ironing with a dirty iron. Keep your iron free of the black icky stuff.

4. Wear More Than Once. 

Unless my children soil or get stinky, they are to wear their clothes at least 2 times. We have a three night pajama rule in our house. Of course, socks and underwear must be washed after every wear. I’m still trying to instill this policy in my 10 year olds head.

5.  Avoid Excessive Dry Cleaning.

Don’t send your clothes to the dry cleaning after each use. Try wearing the clothing at least 3-5 times before sending it back to the cleaners. Also, point out any stains to the dry cleaner attendant.

6.  Store Clothes Properly.

Store clothes in dark, cool places to avoid any color fading. Remove your dry cleaning garments from the plastic immediately before placing in closet. This will avoid mildew build up.

7.  Use Proper Hangers.

Wire hangers are a no-no. They stretch out your cotton clothing  causing the neck line to look funny. Always use flocked hangers with shoulder protections.

8.  Wash Inside Out.

Always wash your denim clothing inside out to avoid streaking and fading. I tend to do this with any bold, vibrant clothing, too.

9. Avoid Dryers if Possible.

Try just putting items in the dryer for a few minutes and then hanging up on a clothesline or on your shower rod. This helps avoid shrinkage and color fading.

These simple, practical tips will help your clothes to last longer than a season, and you will be known as the hand me down expert, too.

Do you have any tips to help keep your clothes lasting longer?