How To Wash Your Clothes To Help Them Last Longer: 8 Easy Tips






Do you want your clothes to last longer? Of course you do. But when it comes to washing them, how do you get the best results? There are several different ways to wash your clothes and each one depends on what type of fabric they're made from, how often they need cleaning, and even whether or not you want them to shrink (or not). So here are some tips for keeping your clothes clean without destroying them in the process:


1. Read the label.


You should always read the labels on your clothes to find out what type of washing they are suitable for. It will tell you what temperature of water to use on an item, what kind of soap or detergent works best, and how long you can expect an item of clothing to last before it needs to be replaced. Care labels are a good place where you can find additional tips such as "wash separately" or "do not tumble dry."


  • If it is marked “Dry Clean Only” then you will either have to take it to the dry cleaners for cleaning or not wash it at all.


  • If you can wash your clothes in the machine then choose a gentle cycle and use cold water, as hot water can fade colors and shrink fabrics.


  • Some clothes also need ironing after being washed if they are crease-resistant or don't need ironing anyway. Ironing is easy once you get used to it but some people prefer not to iron so this will mean that their clothes may look less neat and tidy than others who do iron theirs regularly.


2. Don't overload your machine.


This is a classic mistake that many of us make, especially if we are in a hurry. Overloading can cause damage to your clothes and even the machine itself.


Overloading will take longer for your clothes to get clean (and maybe still not clean enough). Also, they rub together so much that the finish of your clothes is damaged. It also uses more energy than necessary which means you are spending more money on power bills than necessary!


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3. Check your detergent.


  • Make sure you're using the right detergent for each load. Don't use too much—The label on every bottle will tell you exactly how much product to use per a load of laundry—so be sure to read those instructions before adding any detergent/soap to your machine! Otherwise, you'll end up with extra residue and build-up on your clothes and in your machine. Similarly, don't use too little—your clothes will still be dirty and may not last as long as they should.


  • Use the appropriate amount of fabric softener for each load. This can vary from brand to brand, but generally speaking, if you're not sure whether you should use fabric softener or not (or how much), it's best to err on the side of caution: If in doubt, opt-out!


  • Don't overdo it with bleach either; while chlorine is an effective cleaning agent that helps remove stains from your clothes and keeps them bright white, too much can cause damage to the fibers themselves which can lead to premature wearing out of garments like shirts or pants; plus bleaching agents tend not to work nearly as well when mixed together since their chemical makeups aren't necessarily compatible with one another so stick with plain old bleach if possible rather than trying anything fancy such as all-purpose cleaners which typically contain some sort combination including water softeners which could cause problems later down the road when trying wash certain types fabrics such as woolens among others.


4. Use cold water.


Cold water is a gentle wash that won’t add to the wear and tear of your clothes, so use it whenever possible. You can use warm water for most items, but avoid hot or boiling water unless you want to shrink everything in your closet. This may seem like an obvious tip, but many people still don’t take advantage of it because they think their clothes need hot water just to get clean. This isn’t true! Cold water works just as well—and it will keep your clothes looking newer for longer if you follow other tips on this list.


5. Use a Mesh Bag for Delicates


When washing delicate clothes, you can use a mesh bag to help protect them against damage. Delicates are clothes that are made of delicate fabrics, such as silk and wool. Some examples of delicates include bras, lingerie, socks, and tights.


You can use a mesh bag to wash these types of items in the washing machine. The material used in the mesh bag is strong enough to protect the fibers while still allowing water through it so they don’t lose their shape or get damaged during washing.


6. Try end-of-cycle rinses.


This is especially useful if you have hard water. The minerals in hard water can leave mineral deposits on fabrics, which may cause them to lose their shape and feel stiffer over time. If you live in an area with hard water, consider purchasing a machine that has a softener dispenser so that it can treat the water as it goes through the machine. If not, at least run a rinse cycle after every wash cycle. This will help remove any soap residue from clothes as well as remove extra water from clothing—both of which can contribute to mold and mildew growth within your washing machine!


7. Lower the Heat of your dryer


If you don’t want to be baking your favorite outfits every time you do laundry, try lowering the heat setting on your dryer.


Typically, modern tumble dryers have a high heat around 150ºF (66ºC). Be aware that a higher temperature than this does not mean quicker and better results. Too hot a temperature can cause damage to fabrics.


What temperature should I set my dryer at? This varies depending on what kind of clothing item or material it is. Check the table below:

Or you can simply get the TCL Front Loading Washer & Dryer which uses a low-temperature spin cycle to effortlessly dry clothes!


8. Air-dry items after washing.


While some people don't mind using a dryer, there are many benefits to air-drying your clothes. Not only does it save you energy and money, but it also helps reduce wrinkles, prevent color fading, and preserve the life of your garments.

Here are some tips for how to air dry:


  • Hang garments on hangers when possible;


  • Use wooden hangers instead of plastic ones;


  • Avoid hanging heavy items in one place (such as jeans on one hanger);


  • Avoid overloading your drying rack or line with clothes that have been washed together, which can cause damage and shrinkage;


  • Dry items in less time by turning them inside out before hanging them up to dry; this prevents excess water from evaporating before they're ready to be worn again;


  • Line-dry socks and undergarments as well; this will help keep them fresh longer and prevent them from getting musty over time.


Overall, while air drying clothes may take longer than using a dryer after they've been washed they'll last longer too! So if you're looking to save your wardrobe some wear and tear along with cash in the long run, going with an old-fashioned approach may be worth it.




There are many ways to keep your clothes clean and last longer and it is important that you do not use harsh chemicals or detergents. If you follow these tips then your clothes should last longer and stay smelling fresh!


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