How to Make your Clothes Last Longer
We all want to reduce the amount of waste we produce, right? One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste produced is to make sure your clothes last for as long as they can. Articles of clothing that are made with quality materials tend to last longer than those that are made cheaper. Although higher-quality garments are oftentimes more expensive, they do not need to be replaced as often as cheaper quality garments. Therefore, buying quality clothing helps minimize textile waste and ends up being a good investment. In this article, we will go over two simple and sustainable ways to help make your clothes last even longer.
- Do not overwash your clothes
Everyone washes their clothes, but did you know that approximately 30 gallons of water are used per wash? That is a ton of water to be using, especially if you wash more than once a week. We all need clean clothes, however the shirt or hoodie that was worn once for 30 minutes can probably be worn again without having to wash it. Reducing the amount of times you wash your clothes not only uses less water, it also helps your clothes last longer. The more an article of clothing is washed, the more it degrades over time. Therefore, we recommend only washing your clothes once every two weeks or whenever they are visibly dirty.
- Air-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
Dryers are notorious for shrinking, melting, or destroying clothes. Dryers are also one of the most energy-spending appliances in households. One simple way to avoid all of these problems is by air-drying your clothes. Air-drying makes your clothes last longer and helps maintain their quality. Our recommendation is to find a place where your clothes can hang or be put somewhere that can tolerate water. Although air-drying may take longer, it can reduce your carbon footprint by approximately 2,400 pounds a year and will significantly reduce your electric bills. By using the air-drying method, your clothes will be preserved longer and you won’t have to replace them before their time.
These are two extremely simple ways to make your clothes last longer! If you have any other suggestions, leave a note in the comment section below. Your feedback is always welcomed!