8 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

We’re gathering up our best tips on clothing care, so you can keep the pieces you love longer. Don’t spend time and money on new items if you don’t have to! Reduce, reuse and recycle applies to your closest, too. 

Keep reading for ideas on keeping your clothes looking beautiful!

  1. Remove grease stains by adding a can of Coke to your washer, and cycle as you normally would.
  2. No time for dry cleaning? No worries! Toss a lightly worn or wrinkled item in the dryer with a dryer sheet and an ice cube. It’ll release the wrinkles and smell so fresh!
  3. Polish and shine patent leather using regular old Windex. It’ll brighten it and help remove dirt and dust.
  4. Don’t buy a “vintage” t-shirt! Make your own! Take any regular tee you own and brine it in a salt water solution that’s 1 quart water and 1/2 cup salt. Leave the shirts for three days and tumble dry. Voila! They’ll have that soft, worn, vintage feel you crave.
  5. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to a tailor. Jeans always shrink when washed.
  6. Make leather shoes and moccasins last longer, especially if you always wear them without socks, by stuffing them with a soft cloth after use. This helps them keep their shape and absorbs moisture!
  7. Turn socks into a heating pad by filling them with rice or dry beans and putting in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Faded black jeans? Add two cups of brewed coffee to your next rinse cycle and it will help retain the dark color. 


And… a bonus tip!

Becuase we really appreciate your reading this post all the way through, we want to give you a bonus tip to care for your clothes! Here it is:

*BONUS: This is especially important for Chicago folks! If you wear tennis shoes in the snow and sludge, apply Scotch-Guard Fabric & Upholstery Protector to make them water-resistant and keep them looking great! Also, a toothbrush and a little toothpaste goes a LONG way towards making them white again!

We hope these tips help you get the most out of your wardrobe! You can wear your favorite clothes all year by keeping them fresher, longer, saving time and resources on purchasing new ones. 

Besides, what’s better than a well-loved piece that still looks great after years of use? Clothes can turn into conversation pieces after they’ve collected two years worth of wear and stories. 

Let us know how YOU make your favorite items last in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @GetMyArmoire!

We appreciate every new follower and we can’t wait to bring our amazing service to you!

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How to Care for Everything in Your Closet

Chances are you have some beautiful clothes in your closet, and you want to make them last. Evening gowns, business suits, wool, denim and other fabrics all last longer when you properly care for them. It also ensures they look great, keeping their shape and color. 
Keeping your clothes beautiful means saving money, but of course it also means your wardrobe is ready for any occassion at any time, becuase your clothes are always ready and willing to go! If you want to enjoy your favorite pieces for seasons to come, keep reading for tips on caring for them.

1. To fold or to hang?

Not every article of clothing should be hung. Jeans and some sweaters in particular can get creased, or your sweaters will get those ugly shoulder lumps that just won’t go away. Consider folding some of your clothes and store them flat in a dresser or on a shelf in your closet instead.

2. When the tag says dry clean only, believe it.

Don’t be one of those that reads a tag that says, “dry clean only,” and think, “it’ll be fine,” then throw it in the wash. Wool especially will shrink in really odd places and completely lose any shape or cut in the wash. Be prepared to invest in dry cleaning or don’t buy the piece.

3. Don’t over-wash denim.

Just as you don’t necessarily need to wash your hair every day, you don’t necessarily need to wash your jeans every wear. If you spill coffee in your lap and have a stain, sure, but don’t wear your jeans out if you don’t have to. Washing machines and dryers are hard on clothing, so avoid tossing them into the “clothes blender” unless you have to. For jeans, try washing every 2-3 wears.

4. Store your clothes clean.

If you’re not going to wear an item for a while, say, if it’s a seasonal piece, don’t store it dirty! To avoid smells, stains and other undesirables creeping permanently into your clothes, clean them properly before tucking them away.

5. Read the tag!

At the end of the day, the manufacturer’s care tag knows best and was sewn into the clothing for a reason. Just as you should trust a tag that says, “dry clean only,” you should pay attention and ensure you wash an item in cold water if that’s what’s called for. Don’t risk it; it matters or it wouldn’t be printed there.

6. Use a clothing storage service.

If you really want to make sure you’re giving your clothes the best possible treatment, consider investing in a clothing storage service like Armoire. If you live in Chicago, we can pick your clothes up, profesionally clean and store them, then return them whenever you like. The best news? Armoire is taking presale applications TOMORROW, so jump in while there’s still space available!