Cheap clothes can be durable too, if you take good care of them. Just because they’re cheap, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve care. Handle your cheap clothes with love today, and you’ll be saving for tomorrow. It may not be much, but every penny counts! So, how do you add life to your cheap clothes and make them looking good as new? Here are 5 basic but all important tips to keep in mind the next time you do your laundry:
1. Wash only when dirty
Curb your temptation of washing clothes too often, as it can damage the fibres. Having said that, don’t wait for your clothes to be really dirty either. You don’t want dirt and grease to get ingrained in the fabric. Also, never iron dirty clothes, as it helps the dirt penetrate further into the fabric.
2. Removing lint
We’ve all had some experience with removing lint; those annoying little balls of fabric that ruin the appearance of your clothes. If you don’t own a lint remover, simply use a hair-brush or a wide adhesive tape- your clothes will look almost new again.
3. Natural sunlight is the best
Try not to use the dryer at all- I know it’s easier said than done. I must admit, I’d always use the dryer without ever realising how much I’d been damaging my clothes. Just think about it-all that lint in your dryer filter now, belonged to your precious pieces at some stage. These days, I simply dry my clothes out in the sun- it’s much more economical and environmentally safer too.
4. Follow the care label
Care labels are there for a reason- for you to follow! Always read the washing instructions. If it states ‘hand wash only’, then that’s the only way to wash it. Most people; because of time constraints, disregard instructions and toss their clothes into the washing machine. How often have we ruined clothes just because we were too busy to hand wash them, or simply unbothered to separate woollen items/towels/whites from the washing pile?
5. Keep it low
Your washing machine may offer options for water temperature, but always keep it low. Try to wash your clothes at a minimum 30 to 40 degrees, for instance. Washing clothes on extremely high temperatures can damage the fabric over time.
Lastly, if you’re unsure, wash it as they would in the days of yore- wash by hand- but be gentle, and do not wring it. And always dry inside out.
I hope you’ve found this How to take care of cheap clothes article useful. Do you have any other tips or ideas on how to take care and add life to cheap clothes? If so, I’d love to hear them. Let me know your thoughts and views in the comments below.
Until next time,
Paige @ FashionablyCheap.com.au