Clothes are expensive. Unless you’re the kind of person who always needs to be on top of the latest fashion, and discards their garments the second they become outdated, you probably wish you could spend less money on clothing. But with time and usage, clothes disintegrate and wear out. Trainers develop holes, sweaters unravel, and t-shirts wear around the armpits.
Making your clothes last longer will not only save you money, but it is also good for the environment. Buying new threads less often puts less pressure on the Earth’s natural resources and creates a great deal less waste. But how can you achieve it?
To get you started, here are four great tips to make your clothes last longer.
Next time you get a hole in a sock or a loose thread on your dress, don’t be so quick to throw it out. People often discard their damaged clothing without considering whether it’s possible to repair them. And more often than not, it’s a simple fix. It’s a good idea to learn some basic clothing repair techniques, such as sewing a button back on or darning a sock. There are plenty of YouTube videos available to help you with any technique you like. And if the fix is beyond your capabilities, you can still take your clothes to a dry cleaner or a cobbler (yes, they still exist!) to fix them.
Buy better quality clothes
If you’re trying to watch the pennies, you might tend to buy cheaper clothes. But sometimes, affordability comes at a price. Although you can buy clothes that are both cheap and good-quality, sometimes spending a bit more on a well-made garment will save you money in the long run. Durable, high-quality clothes will last longer than cheaply-made items, and you won’t have to replace them as often. If you don’t mind buying secondhand, you can often find great deals on designer clothes in charity shops or marketplaces.
Protect them from pests
Certain insects like moths love to snack on your clothing and have no respect for designer labels and price tags. The last thing you want is a hungry pest snacking on your brand new pair of jeans. A powerful pantry moth spray is one of the most effective ways to repel moths, and spraying cedar oil in your home is a powerful repellent. If you have had a moth problem in your wardrobe, it’s a good idea to wash all of your clothes, as eggs or larvae may have made their way into them.
Store them correctly
The way you store your clothes has a significant effect on how long they last. Always keep your clothes in a cool and dry environment, and don’t let them sit in direct sunlight for too long. Drying clothes in moldy bathrooms or basements will cause bacteria to spread in your garments and ruin them. Fold heavy items like sweaters rather than hanging them to prevent stretching, and make sure you only use high-quality hangers.