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Laundry Hacks for Longer Lasting Clothes

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These laundry hacks will not only make your clothes look better, but they’ll last longer, too. In this article, you’ll learn how to wash and take care of your clothes the right way.

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I don’t know about you but I get pretty upset if I ruin my favorite shirt in the wash. Or if I buy something and it gets ruined after the first time I’ve ever washed it.

That can be super frustrating and disappointing!

Learning how to take good care of your clothes will also help you save money. One of the best ways to take care of your clothes is to make sure you are laundering them correctly.

Here are a few of my favorite laundry hacks that I’ve learned over the years to keep clothes looking new and lasting longer.

Tried and True Laundry Hacks

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1. Read the labels

This is actually the first thing you should do before washing anything.

Companies put care labels on clothes for a reason. Make sure you read them and follow their instructions. If the label tells says “lay flat to dry” or “dry clean only”, then you should do just that. Not following those instructions has caused to me have some pretty shrunken sweaters in the past.

Tip: Check the labels before you purchase the clothes. This will save you a lot of time, especially if it’s something you have to dry clean every time you wear it.

2. Pretreat stains right away

Stains happen and they need to be treated right away. Make sure to pretreat stains as soon as possible before tossing the item into the wash. Also, check to see if the stain is gone before throwing the clothing in the dryer because heat-drying will often set a stain permanently.

Tip: Carry baby wipes with you when you go out. When a stain happens, run a baby wipe over it, and instantly the stain is less noticeable and, in some cases, disappears. Make sure to pretreat the stain right away when you get home and wash as usual.

  • Click here to learn more about how to pretreat different types of stains.

3. Sort clothes before washing

Sort out whites from colors to keep your white clothes from accidentally turning into an entirely different shade. Some people sort into three piles: whites, lights, and darks. This may be a little more work, but it does help clothes stay truer to color.

Tip: Wash heavily soiled clothing separate from regular clothing.

  • To learn more about how to sort clothing, click here.

4. Don’t overwash your clothes

A lot of people believe that you have to wash your clothes every time you wear them. This simply isn’t true. Unless your clothes are really dirty, or sweaty, there’s just no reason to wash them every time. Overwashing your clothes is actually reducing their life, fading the colors, and thinning the fabric.

Of course, I’m not talking about your socks and underwear here. Please wash those things right away! However, jeans specifically can be worn up to 5 times before needing to be washed.

5. Clean your washing machine

If your washing machine is dirty, it’s not really getting your clothes clean. Washing machines gather a build-up of dirt and detergent along with fabric softener if you use it. This grime is not helping your clothes get any cleaner.

  • Click here to learn more about cleaning your washing machine.

6. Avoid heat

Heat can actually break down the materials of clothes and make them shrink. One of the best laundry hacks to prevent your clothes from shrinking is to let them air dry.

I understand this isn’t possible for everyone, so if you have to use your clothes dryer, try setting it to low heat. Also, try not to load too many clothes at once so you can reduce the drying time. Another way to reduce drying time is to use wool dryer balls instead of fabric softener.

Tip: Dry whites outside and dark colors inside. Sunlight can lighten dark colors.

7. Close zippers and buttons

Open zippers and buttons can snag other pieces of clothing in the wash. Make sure your pants, jeans, shirts, and jackets are zippered and buttoned before washing.

8. Wash delicate clothes in a mesh bag

Handle delicates with care and avoid snagging and knots by placing them in a mesh bag. After all, they are called delicates for a reason. If possible, hand wash them instead.

Tip: If you can’t find a mesh bag, just use a pillowcase. Place the clothes inside the pillowcase and tie the end together. Simple laundry hacks like this keep your delicates lasting much longer.

9. Turn clothes inside out

This is especially true for darker color clothes and jeans. Turning them inside out keeps the clothing from coming into direct contact with the detergent. This reduces fading and increases the longevity of your clothes. Tossing a color grabber sheet in the wash will also protect dark clothes by absorbing any loose dyes that may be in the water.

10. Use the right temperature

Use the coolest temperature possible when washing your clothes. This prevents clothes from shrinking, wrinkling, and fading. Also, some stains can set into fabric in warm or hot water.

Hot water is usually only needed if something needs to be sanitized. For example, I wash all of my pet bedding together using hot water.

11. Don’t overuse detergent

Using too much detergent can actually leave a film on your clothing and cause whites to turn yellowish. Make sure you read the label on your detergent bottle and follow the recommended instructions.

  • To learn how to make your own homemade powdered laundry detergent, click here.

12. Fold clothes right away

There’s nothing worse than opening your dryer and finding it full of wrinkled clothes. Now you have to iron them before putting them away and personally, that’s not something I care to do. To avoid wrinkled clothes, fold your clothes and put them away as soon as possible.

13. Iron carefully

If you do have to iron your clothes, make sure you understand the settings on your iron. Use the proper setting according to the type of material of your clothes. Once again, read the labels before ironing or steaming your clothes and follow the instructions. After all, you don’t need a huge burn mark in the back of your favorite skirt.

14. Invest in good hangers

Avoid cheap wire hangers because they do not support your clothes properly and even misshape the shoulders of blouses and sweaters. Buying the right type of clothes hangers really saved a lot of my sweaters from being damaged.

15. Freeze your tights

Avoid those annoying ladder runs in your tights by soaking them in water and freezing them before you first wear them. Who knew freezing tights would save them?

16. Put lavender in your drawers

Lavender keeps moths and bugs away therefore they’re not nibbling on your clothes. Plus it will keep your drawers smelling nice, too!

  • Click here to see how to make your own no-sew lavender-scented drawer sachet.

These laundry hacks will keep your clothes looking great and help them last longer. Saving you money and time!

What are your favorite laundry hacks?


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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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53 Comments

  1. Hi, Another awesome post! I have a new site address. ❤️

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for letting me know. I don’t want to miss any of your posts. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome! I really appreciate your kindness!❤️

  2. Oh yes, I should start reading the labels 🏷😝
    Freezing the tights is very interesting though 🧐😉
    Thank you Michelle!

    1. You’re welcome! I used to never read the labels. Then I ended up ruining a few sweaters and thought it might be a good idea to start doing that. 😀

  3. Good points Michelle. Never knew about freezing tights. Thanks for sharing 🤗.

    1. Thank you! I always thought that was weird, but it does help. 🙂

  4. Oh… I definitely need this! Thanks! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    2. Another great post Michelle. I always learn something new from you!

      1. Thank you so much!

  5. Always great points, I have no need for tights here but that is a great tip. I live in a very hot country so I hang my washing out at night so the sun does not bleach them except for white clothes, the sun helps whiten them.

    1. Thank you! That’s a great idea to hang your clothes out at night. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’ve stained my share of clothes so this list was a must. Thanks for sharing, Michelle.

    1. You’re welcome! I know the feeling. 😀

  7. This is a really smart list packed with helpful ideas. I specifically loved your tips about not using too much detergent, turning clothes inside out, and not washing too often!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  8. My mom is always after me because we don’t fold our clothes right after we dry them. that’s a huge no-no in her house and always was when I was growing up. She used to iron everything too — jeans, towels..it was crazy. I wear jeans a few times in a row because somehow they don’t seem to feel as dirty as other clothes.

    Good tips..but will I use them? That is the question 😉

    1. Oh my goodness. The only time my iron comes out of the closet is when I’m ironing fabric scraps for a project. haha! I hate to iron anything.
      Thank you! Sometimes we’re just too busy to do these (or lazy in my case! lol!).

      1. Lazy is me! 😀

  9. So many good tips. I hadn’t ever thought of the zipper. I also used to turn mine inside out all the time. I can definitely do that more consistently.

    1. Thank you so much! Glad I could help!

  10. Very helpful – thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy to help!

  11. Thanks again for the helpful tips! I learned something new.

    1. You’re welcome! Always happy to help. 🙂

  12. You always fill us with great new tips! I’ll be wearing sparkling clean clothes because of you! 😊

    1. Aww..thank you! Always happy to help! 🙂

  13. Good tips with lavender❤

    1. Thank you so much!

  14. What great hacks, I always leave zippers open, I’m zipping everything up now thanks, I used to turn my blouses and jeans inside out for washing and I stopped, I think I got lazy one day and decided it makes no difference LOL but you’re absolutely right, so going back to doing that. Great post Michelle xoxo

    1. Thank you! I completely understand about getting lazy. I do the same things. Some days I’m just not motivated enough. 😀

  15. Great tips Michelle. You are always on top of things. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  16. “Freeze your tights” How interesting. I’ve never heard of that before!

    1. It may sound odd, but it actually works. 🙂

  17. These are great tips! I definitely don’t wash my jeans every time I wear them; I used to do that, but I realize now that it’s complete overkill as long as they’re really dirty. I also use cold water whenever I can. Freeze your tights?? Never heard of that one!

    1. Thank you! Freezing tights sound odd, doesn’t it? But it works, which I honestly couldn’t believe! 😀

      1. It sounds totally bonkers actually! But hey, if it works it works!

  18. This is definitely another keep. I love the tips you shared. I even shared it with my dear friend. Nice share!. ❤

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for sharing, too. 🙂

      1. You are welcome. ☺
        Glad to. 🤗

  19. These are fantastic! Laundry is the bane of my existence, but I really need to buy some spot remover. And some lavender, too!

    1. Thank you so much! I have to make sure I stock up on lavender. I use it for everything! 😁

  20. Huh! I had no idea that freezing tights could prevent runs! What a great tip Michelle!

    I have a confession to make – I like soap, A LOT. 😂 People make fun of me because of how much dish soap and laundry soap I use. If it ain’t major bubbles – it ain’t clean! LOL. I know, I know, it’s terrible for the environment (and for the clothes!) but it’s a problem I have. 😁

    I didn’t know baby wipes were great for getting stains out or lessened when they first happen, either. I’m definitely going to tell family members with kids about this tip. I wonder if it works for mechanical grease etc, too?

    Another awesome tips post my friend. I’m so glad you started blogging. You’ve got a gift! ♥

    1. Isn’t that so funny about freezing the tights? Who knew! 😀
      You loving soap cracks me up! I don’t know how many times I’ve bought bars of soap just because they were “pretty”. 😂😂 I’ve always thought the same thing about the bubbles. When I’m washing dishes and the bubbles start going away, I empty the sink and refill it with fresh water and dish soap to finish the dishes. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks bubbles equal clean! 😀
      Here’s a little tip that has worked for me in the past with mechanical grease – spray some WD-40 on the stain, rub it in and then wash as usual. It even worked on a stain that has been set! Hope that works for you, too. 🙂
      Awww…you are so sweet. I’m so thankful to have you as a friend!

      1. Awesome tip about the WD-40, Michelle, thank you! You’re the best. And believe you me, I’m thankful to have you as a friend too. Very blessed indeed. 🤗

        I laughed reading what you said about soap. I see that great minds think alike, LOL!

  21. Freeze your tights!? Never heard of it!!
    Great tips as always! Iused to always wash my clothes after wearing them just once but as Ive became more thrifty I’ve definitely gotten out of that habit.

    1. Isn’t that a crazy tip? It works, though. 😀
      I used to do the same thing until we started working really hard as saving as much money as possible.

  22. We are in move thru life in such a hurry… your tips are important to all. We need to slow down.👍👍

    1. I agree with you on slowing down. It’s so important for our health, too. 🙂

  23. Michelle you have the most enjoyable, informational, user friendly blog! I just love it! Thank you for sharing the blessings of your knowledge and creativity! – Darci

    1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me!

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