Tips & Tricks for Taking Care of Your Clothes

You have a favorite t-shirt, now what?

Most of us own that favorite t-shirt we’ve had forever and always keep in the back of our closet. The rest of the clothes are probably a variety of tees you got for all of those 5K races you ran, dress shirts or polos embroidered with the logo of the company you work for, and that comfy hoodie you wear around the house. But are we really taking care of our favorite items? Here are some tips and tricks for taking care of your apparel.

Start with quality. Some of our favorite t-shirt brands include Bella+Canvas, Next  Level, and Comfort Colors.  

Ladies, hold off dressing until after your hair and makeup are done. Cosmetics seriously stain garments, and hairspray is a big culprit for fading clothes. Also, don’t forget the aluminum in deodorants can turn clothes yellow, so always make sure your antiperspirants are completely dry before pulling on that shirt.

Tips to take care of your favorite clothes

TIP: Still get makeup or deodorant on your garment? Gently rub the protective foam used on hangers over the stain, or if you’re really in a pinch, use another section of the same shirt and rub together. The mark should disappear!

If you have to iron, make sure you iron in the correct order: collar, cuffs, and then the rest of the shirt. Never put the garment on immediately after ironing because it could cause new wrinkles. Let it sit for five minutes and cool down, then you will be good to go! You can also ask about all of the non-iron shirt options available and skip the iron all together!

In the laundry room, make sure you zip up those zippers before throwing them in the washer. The metal teeth on zippers can ruin the material of the garment or the other items in the washer with it. Always check the fabric description on the tag and wash appropriately, and you can help prevent shrinking by not over drying. Pull those clothes out of the dryer while still slightly damp and allow the garment to finish air drying, if possible, and to maintain elasticity in spandex and lycra, skip the dryer completely and hang to dry.

TIP: When washing darks, throw in a cap full (approximately a tablespoon) of vinegar into the wash to lock in the colors. This helps prevent clothing dye from bleeding and keeps your darks staying dark.

Following some of these easy tips and tricks along with your clothing tag care instructions, all your clothes should last as long as that favorite t-shirt.

Comments 13

  1. I never knew that you can actually use vinegar when washing your shirt to maintain its color. My brother’s birthday is next week, I plan to buy him a shirt with an alien print knowing that he likes extraterrestrial stuff. I’ll inform him on how to keep the color of the shirt like you mentioned. Thanks!

  2. I never knew that the zippers on your jacket could actually harm your other clothes if they aren’t zipped! My wife and I recently bought our son new clothes for back to school, and we want to make sure that he can take care of them. I will be sure to tell him that he should try and zip up any of his jackets before he throws them in the washer!

  3. Thanks for that tip about vinegar with colors! I didn’t know that it could help preserve colors for longer through the wash! I will have to keep that in mind as I am getting some new t-shirts soon!

  4. I really appreciate your tip to zip up all of your zippers before you throw them in the washer. My brother is starting to do his own laundry because he is going into middle school. I will be sure to tell him that he should zip up all of his zippers!

  5. I found it interesting that you state that using vinegar on your clothes can help them keep their colors. My brother just got some Mudder apparel that he wants to keep in good condition for when he wears it. I will send him this information, so he makes sure that he takes care of his clothes the right way.

  6. I liked that you explained the importance of taking proper care of your clothing to ensure the longevity of your wardrobe. I would agree that one way in which to take care of your clothing is by zipping up all of the zippers when you do your laundry so that the metal doesn’t snag on anything. I will be sure to take better care of my clothing so that I can wear them for a long time.

  7. Thanks for mentioning that you want to start with quality. I’ve been looking for a gift for my brother. I’ll have to find a Florida style shirt and teach him how to take care of it.

  8. My wife and I are planning on ordering some new t-shirts this week that we can wear when it is really hot outside. I appreciate the advice you shared about making sure you wash your clothing appropriately for the type of fabric they are. I don’t want to shrink the new clothes when I get them, so I will have to figure out how to wash them appropriately.

  9. I read so many useful things about this article. When wash and ironing create the problem. This post details information about silk cloth wash and ironing. It is a grate post. Thank you for the post.

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