Extend the Lifespan of Your Wardrobe

In a world driven by fast fashion, the lifespan of our clothes has taken a hit. However, with a little extra care and attention, you can make your wardrobe, especially your children's clothes, last longer. In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips on how to take better care of your garments through careful washing and effective repairs.
  1. Sort Smartly: Before even thinking about washing, take the time to sort your laundry. Group similar colours together to prevent colour bleeding and wash heavily soiled items separately. This simple step can significantly enhance the longevity of your clothes. When you feel colours fading, particularly black items - buy some dye of the same colour (I get mine from Home Bargains) and dye them in the washing machine. Follow the instructions on the back of the dye packet for this.

  2. Use the Right Detergent: Choose a high-quality, gentle detergent to ensure that your fabrics are treated with care. Harsh chemicals can weaken fibres over time, leading to faster wear and tear. Opt for detergents specifically formulated for delicate or children's clothing.

  3. Mind the Temperature: Pay attention to the water temperature when doing laundry. Washing clothes in cold water not only helps to conserve energy but also prevents unnecessary stress on fabrics. Hot water can cause colours to fade and fibres to break down more quickly.

  4. Turn Clothes Inside Out: Protect the exterior of your garments by turning them inside out before tossing them in the washing machine. This precaution minimises friction and exposure, reducing the risk of fading and pilling.

  5. Say No to Overloading: While it might be tempting to stuff the washing machine to its limit, overloading can lead to inadequate cleaning and increased friction between clothes. This friction can result in damage, so it's better to wash smaller loads for optimal care.

  6. Air Dry Whenever Possible: Dryers can be harsh on fabrics, causing shrinkage and weakening fibres. Whenever possible, air-dry your clothes by hanging them on a line or laying them flat. This method is especially beneficial for delicate items and children's clothing.

  7. Learn Basic Sewing Skills: Equip yourself with some basic sewing skills to address minor damages promptly. A missing button or a loose hem may seem insignificant, but timely repairs can prevent more extensive issues later on. See our other 'Basic Sewing Skills' blogpost for more tips and tricks on this.

  8. Invest in Quality Repair Supplies: Keep a small stash of basic repair supplies, including needles, threads, buttons, and fabric patches. Having these items on hand allows you to tackle repairs swiftly, ensuring that your clothes remain in good condition.

  9. Rotate Your Wardrobe: Encourage the habit of rotating your wardrobe. This not only prevents overuse of specific items but also allows you to identify and address potential issues before they become major problems. My new favourite hobby is vacuum packing my seasonal wardrobe, not only does this save space but it reignites my love for certain items when I have forgotten about them!

  10. Follow Care Instructions: Last but not least, always adhere to the care instructions on clothing labels. These instructions are there for a reason and provide valuable guidance on how to best care for your garments.

Taking better care of your clothes, and especially your children's clothing, involves a combination of mindful washing and proactive repairs. By implementing these simple yet effective tips, you can extend the lifespan of your wardrobe, promote sustainability, and teach valuable habits to the next generation. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in preserving the beauty and durability of your favourite garments.

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