Below are 8 simple almost-effortless ways to make your clothes last longer and continue to help protect the environment.
1. Buy Quality Clothes
2. Wash Your Clothes Less
3. Hand Wash Your Clothes
Another tip when hand washing is to do it in cold water which can prevent fading and shrinkage. Overall, hand washing your clothes can help preserve the garments and it is also an inexpensive alternative to the washing machines (plus better for the environment!). Oh and make sure to read the washing instruction labels sewn into your clothes! Always follow those instructions to keep the integrity of your clothes.
This is what a Good Tee label looks like. Thorough instructions to ensure your clothes last as long as possible. :)
4. Use Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Detergent
Ditch the chemical-filled detergent for a much gentler, natural detergent. Eco-friendly detergents are much gentler on fabrics and prevent fading and tearing of the material on your favorite clothes. It is also a lot more gentle on the skin than conventional products as well.
5. Let Your Clothes Air Dry
This one totally depends on where you live, but here in Canada, I can hang my clothes to air dry in the sun all summer long, sometimes into the Fall even! The sun can do such a great job on drying your clothes rather than using energy-consuming dryers (which are notorious for overheating and shrinking our clothes). This is a great way to dry intimate apparel and activewear which are known to lose their elasticity when in contact with excessive heat. And no one wants their favorite pieces to become overstretched!
6. Fold Heavy Sweaters and Store Them on the Shelf
This was something I wish I knew sooner. Having a huge collection of heavy sweaters that constantly break my nice hangers, I decided to fold and store them on the shelf in my closet. And from that day onward, we said goodbye to overstretched materials, broken hangers and fraying of really nice knit sweaters.
7. Wash Your Clothes Inside Out
To reduce fading and preserve prints from cracking, turn your clothes inside out before throwing them in the wash. It’s definitely tedious, we know, to turn them back out after they’re dried, but it will help your beloved shirts with designs on them last longer.
8. Learn to Repair Your Clothes
A little bit of knowledge on using a thread and needle can go a long way. If a button falls off or there’s a small tear, you’ll be able to fix it all up and not have to throw the entire garment away! Learning to sew can help contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle and you’ll be able to hold on to your clothes for years to come.
With these 8 tips in your sustainable living toolbelt, you’ll be ready to hold onto your clothes for way longer than you ever thought you could. Have another method for making your clothes last longer that I have missed? Let us know in the comments below!