If you are like most, then you love the look of your clothes when they are brand new, but cannot stand how they start to look even after a few washes. You may even be wondering how to keep your clothes looking new.
1. Front Load Washer
Believe it or not, a front load washer may put less wear and tear on your clothes then a top load unit. The top load units feature an agitator and the clothes are spun clockwise then counter clockwise repeatedly throughout the wash cycle. In a front load washer, this is not the case as the clothes are merely tumbled just like in the dryer.
2. Flip You Pants Inside-Out
The greatest wear and tear on any clothes occurs within the washing machine. When you flip your clothes inside-out, only the part of the fabric that is not seen comes into contact with the metal inside the washing machine. The side that is visible only rubs against itself which makes it last a lot longer.
3. No Fabric Softener
There used to be a day when everyone used a fabric softener when they washed their clothes. However, some people have developed allergies against the fabric softeners and can break out all over the body when used. The concept of a fabric softener is that a chemical literally softens the fabric and thus weakens it in the process.
4. No More Bleach
Bleach has the uncanny ability to eat right through your clothes. If you have ever used too much of it then you will know what this means. The bleach can literally eat right through the fabric in no time when too much is used. Even when used in small amounts, over time this bleach can eventually erode the very fabric you are trying to save.
5. Cold Water Only
Everyone wants to follow the symbols on the tag of their clothes and why not. The truth is that hot and warm water cycles are only intended to speed up the washing process by exfoliating the fibers with heat. However, this can be harsh to the fabric and wear it down just as quickly. To keep your clothes looking new, longer, simply wash in cold water every single time.
6. No More Drier
Stop drying your clothes in the tumble drier. Not only is the heat bad for your clothes, but the tumbling action wears down the fabrics that you are trying to keep looking new. Sometimes the best options are always the oldest. After washing your clothes in cold water, in a front-load washing machine and without fabric softener, simply hang those clothes up to dry where the natural sunlight and breeze can dry out your clothes efficiently. You will actually be saving yourself money on electricity and in the end, your new clothes will continue looking new for a whole lot longer.
If you follow these 6 simple steps, your clothes will continue looking great for a quite long time to come.