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Published on august 11, 2021

Win a LG WashTower & Get the Best 10 Clothing Care Tips Ever

written by Team thredUP

Ready for a match made in clothing care heaven? We’re so excited to announce that we just partnered with LG to extend the life of clothing in the name of planet good. To kick off this mighty union we’re giving away a brand new LG WashTower (worth up to $2,000). Taking better care of your clothes means they’re less likely to end up in landfill. A smart washer dryer isn’t the only way to take better care of your clothes. Read on for more tips that will save energy, your clothes, and the planet!

1. Get Energy-Efficient Appliances 

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Speaking of energy-efficient appliances, LG WashTowers use 33% less water and 25% less energy than traditional models, plus they have fabric texture detection that grants your loved looks a custom wash experience so they last longer in better condition. Head to our Instagram to enter to win!

2. Do Your Hair & Makeup Before Dressing

Doing your hair and makeup for a day out is all fun and games until you notice your clothes fading from the hairspray that you use every day. Avoid getting makeup and hairspray on your clothes by glamming first and getting dressed after! It takes 700 gallons of water to produce a single T-shirt, so saving your clothes from a few washes is a small step in the right direction.

If you do happen to get makeup on yourself, fear not. For foundation stains, use a small amount of shaving cream and work it into the stain with a washcloth. If you get lipstick on your clothes, scrape off any excess lipstick, saturate the stain with hairspray, and carefully blot with a clean washcloth.

3. Use a Mesh Bag for Delicates

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Washing your delicates only to find a hole in them once you pull them out of the wash is the absolute worst. Avoid these accidental holes on delicate items, such as undergarments and pieces with lace, by investing in a mesh bag. Place delicate pieces in the mesh bag before washing, and hang to dry!

5. Wash Your Athletic Wear Sparingly

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@modishmariah

We love athletic wear (workout optional!) and can’t live without our yoga pants, sports tops and track jackets, but we can’t talk about athleisure wear without touching on its environmental impact. Most workout clothes contain“microfibers” or plastic fibers that shed in the wash and drain into our ocean. If only these items were as good for the environment as they are for lounging around! Wearing them minimally and washing them only when absolutely necessary can help to reduce the amount of microfibers that harm our environment. You can also purchase a Guppyfriend Washing Bag or a Cora Ball, which are both specially designed to catch the tiniest of microfibers.

If you are having a hard time getting odor out of your athletic wear, make sure you air it out before throwing it right into the laundry. You can also choose to soak your clothes in a mixture of white vinegar and water, or you can put your clothes in a bag and stick them in the freezer. Both of these options work to eliminate odors!

6. Mend it Yourself

Clothes aren’t indestructible and sometimes unexpected mishaps occur to our beloved looks. No worries there are loads of do-it-yourself ways to mend your favorite items and get them back in the outfit rotation. Here’s a few to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day!

Got a stuck zipper? Grab the nearest crayon or any wax like substance to lubricate the zipper track so you can zip through your day without any struggles with traction. Pilling driving you crazy? Take a razor to your favorite cozy knitwear items to have them looking good as new. Got an unruly hole? Iron on patches to add a quirky fun vibe and it’s like it never happened. Button hanging on for dear life? Add a light layer of clear nail polish on the button to secure the threads in place and voila!

7. Hand Wash & Air Dry Swimsuits

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Not only can the perfect swimsuit be hard to come by, but it can also be an expensive purchase to make. Don’t risk washing swimsuits the wrong way! Tossing them in a machine can damage the elasticity of the suit. An easier way to wash your swimsuit is by showering with it on or rinsing it off immediately after you use it. This will help remove oils, salt, sand, and other items that can damage your suit. You can also hand wash your suit with a small amount of liquid detergent and hang to dry.

8. Use Easy Stain Removal Hacks

We are all human and mistakes are bound to happen! Instead of throwing out your clothes or immediately tossing them in the washing machine, you can hand wash the most common stains.

There’s no use in crying over spilt red wine! Soak the stain in white wine, cover it in baking soda, and let it sit. After a few minutes rinse the stain right out. If you happen to picnic outside and end up with a grass stain on your clothes, soak the stain in white vinegar and scrub it with a toothbrush dipped in liquid dishwashing detergent. One of the most common stains comes with deodorant. Simply blot the stain away with a dryer sheet and it’s as good as new!

9. Clean Out Your Closet

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@cctxthrift

We totally get it. Sometimes it’s hard to part with your favorite sweaters and dresses! Unfortunately, keeping all of your clothes too squished together can actually wreck them. Not only does a completely packed closet add wrinkles to items, but clothing with zippers and buttons can accidentally catch on one another. Got a full closet? Sounds like a great opportunity to upcycle your clothes on sites like thredUP (wink, wink)!

10. Rotate Your Clothes

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@jaimi.stewart

If you’re like us, you have your favorite sweaters and tops that you choose to wear over and over again. Rotating your clothes every time you do the wash is actually way more beneficial to you than you may think! Putting your clean clothes in the back of your closet allows you to wear all of your clothes evenly. That way, you don’t wear down the same clothes! It also gives your brain a break if you’re worried about repeating the same outfit in the same week.

Now that you’ve learned how to keep your clothes looking fresh and new, you’ll be able to wear your favorite pieces for years to come. If your clothes start looking like they need a little love, check out these tips for mending clothes! Preserving your clothes not only lets you wear them longer, but it also allows you to pass them on to someone else.

Did we miss any of your favorite clothing care tips? Share what’s worked best for you in the comments below!


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