I’m so embarrassed to admit this, but 9 years ago when my husband I were dating, I remember him telling me one time that I really needed to throw away a few of my clothes. I was so bugged by this, because why should I throw away some of my favorite pieces? He responded, “because they are full of holes!” Apparently I didn’t think that wearing a shirt full of holes in the elbows was a problem? Or one covered in pilling?
I’ve come a long way since then, tossing or repairing clothes that get holes and other damage, but I also am much better about taking care of my clothing in the first place. It’s such a waste of money to purchase clothing and then not take care of it; and in my case, a lot of my handmade clothing is so special to me, I want it to last forever — I want to give it to my daughter, daughter in laws, or granddaughters someday! Pretty sure they won’t be too interested in a garment filled with holes.
So today I’m teaming up with Persil Pro Clean to talk about five things I do to keep my clothing in mint condition and make them last way longer.
1. Buy clothing with higher quality material. This is kind of a given — the higher quality the fabric, the longer it will last. This doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive items, lots of inexpensive stores sell pieces that are made of good quality material. Feel the fabric before you purchase it — thicker, sturdier, tighter woven fabrics will be more durable and be less prone to snagging, holes, or pilling.
2. Don’t wash as often, and when you do, use a good detergent. I used to wash my clothing every single time I wore them. With most of my shirts I still do, but dresses and jeans can go a few wears without having to be run through the wash.
I’ve tried a bunch of different laundry detergents over the years, and absolutely notice the difference between low quality and high quality detergents. I want something that keeps my whites super white, and brights super bright, all while not damaging my clothing. Persil Pro Clean has three types of detergent that we use — their Power-Liquid detergent that is amazing for keeping my colors vibrant and clean, their Power-Pearls that keeps my whites from getting dingy and gray (but you can also use it on colors!), and their Power-Caps that are amazing for fighting stains (and heaven knows I have to deal with that on my clothing since I have little kids!)
Also, following the instructions on the clothing for washing in warm or cool water makes a huge difference in the longevity of the fabric and color, so make sure you check those tags!
3. Store your clothing properly to avoid damage. I don’t have a ton of closet space, but despite that I try to keep my clothes stored properly to avoid causing any damage to them. If you have the space, hang your dresses and blouses, fold your sweaters, fold your jeans, and keep your shoes in airtight containers (like these ones that I’ve recently added to my closet and love).
4. Rotate through your clothing regularly. Part of my problem when I was dating my husband is that I had four or five favorite shirts in my closet and rotated through those ones way more than anything else. So they quickly got worn out because of so much use. Although I’m still prone to reach for my favorite pieces more often (like everyone), give your other pieces a little more airtime to balance out the wear and tear. And like I mentioned in last week’s closet spring cleaning post, cleaning out your closet every so often helps you remember what pieces you actually have so you get more use out of your entire closet!
And to help you take better care of the clothing in your closet, Persil Pro Clean is doing a super awesome sweepstakes giveaway that includes a year supply of Persil ProClean and a premium night out on the town! The night out on the town includes a $300 gift card to Nordstrom, a $200 opentable.com gift card and a $150 uber credit! Just hop over to PersilProClean.com/sweepstakes and fill out the form to enter!