Posted on by Megan Wilson

Carrie Bradshaw once wisely said, "I like my money where I can see it -- in my closet."

While we believe in a bit more of a responsible approach to fashion than Miss Bradshaw (hello, Summer Sale!), we still think it's important to take care of our investments. You spend hard-earned money on clothes for yourself, your friends, and your family. Make them last as long as possible! Here are some tips to give your clothes a long life... 

 

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Cold Wash

There are a number of ways to make sure your clothes stay bright. Start by using cold water. Bonus: It is also good for the environment and your energy bill.

 

 

Give them a Cocktail

Cheap vodka isn't just for the college days. If your clothes have a smell that just won't go away (especially those vintage finds), turn to your liquor cabinet. Pour some vodka into a spray bottle. Hang the clothing up and spritz with vodka. Leave it to dry. As the vodka evaporates, it will take the smell with it.

 

Wash Clothes Inside Out

How many of you pull your clothes off at night and leave them in their inside-out state until it's time to do the laundry? Don't fret about turning your clothes back to right-side out in order to do the laundry. Leave them inside-out. It will help your colors brighter and prevent wear on the most visible parts of your favorite dresses and jeans. 

 

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Hang Them Up

Heat is the main culprit for making your clothes turn dull long before their time. Line dry clothes when you are able. If you dry them outside, be sure to keep your most vibrant colors out of the sun.

 

Raid Your Pantry

Both vinegar and baking soda are secret laundry weapons. Vinegar will help set colors and prevent against build-up of detergent residue. Bonus: it’s a clothing softener. Sprinkle in a half cup of baking soda to keep your brights and whites like the day they came home from the store.