Laundry is completely and honestly one of my least favorite chores to do. (If I’m just being honest!) I could rotate laundry through the washing machine and dryer all day long, but when it comes to folding them and putting them away, oh my goodness. Not a fan. However, I’m also not a fan of wrinkled clothes that sit in a laundry basket for days at a time, so alas I’ve come to grow used to folding and putting away our laundry on a weekly basis.
I know I’m can’t be alone in this “I Hate Laundry Conundrum!”
If you know anything about my sweet little girl, Alea, she absolutely loves Ninja Turtles. I’ve always made sure she knows that it’s okay to like things that are typically meant for “boys,” but she’s never been interested in cars or trucks or anything else. But when it comes to these silly little turtle characters? She’s obsessed. I’m almost wondering if it’s possible that she’s genetically wired to like Ninja Turtles because Cory was probably their number one fan growing up. Okay, okay, I realize there’s probably no genetic predisposition for liking a cartoon character, but all the same, it’s so great that Alea’s able to reap the benefits of Cory’s saved Ninja Turtle collection!
She has her very own turtle jammies, but Cory’s old Ninja Turtle t-shirt and pajamas have been passed on to her as well. I feel like I have a serious responsibility to make sure both her new jammies and Cory’s old clothes still look and feel like new and most importantly, that they last!
That’s why I’ve come up with some tips (after doing a little research) on how to keep your clothes looking like new:
1. Wash in Cold Water: Hot temperature water can actually be damaging to your clothes, especially your colors. I learned from my parents, actually, to use cold water when washing clothes as a more environmentally friendly way to do laundry, as you don’t have to heat up the water heater to do laundry, but it’s also a great way to keep your clothes looking new!
2. Nix the Agitator: The agitator that’s smack dab in the middle of most top-loading washing machines helps to clean, but sometimes can damage clothing. Front-loading washers or top-loading agitator-free washing machines are the way to go if you’re looking to lengthen the life of your clothing.
3. Air Dry if Possible: When we lived with Cory’s dad, his dryer actually wasn’t in working order, so we hung up all of our clothes on a clothesline in the basement or on the clothesline outside in the summer. It took more time for our clothes to dry, but boy did our clothes feel great and look great after air-drying as opposed to sticking them in the dryer all the time.
4. Use Gentle Detergent: And monitor how much detergent you’re using as well. Too much detergent doesn’t help your clothes get cleaner, but will actually damage them over time. I just recently started using method laundry detergent and love how it’s been treating my clothes. They feel softer, smell fresher, and look like new when they come out of the washing machine and dryer. It’s actually formulated to work well in cold water, too! Bonus! It keeps your colors bright and your whites white– which is especially great for me since I have to wear WHITE scrub tops for work!
5. Wash Inside Out: This is especially important for screen-printed shirts. I can’t tell you how many shirts I haven’t done this with and am so sad to have ruined. Screen-printed shirts don’t hold up as well to wear and tear, washing and drying as much as embroidered or shirts without screen-printing.
Now, I realize that these tips don’t necessarily solve my “I hate folding and putting laundry away” dilemma, but it gives me a piece of mind to know that when I am doing my laundry, I’m doing so in a way that will help elongate the life of my clothes and my family’s clothes!
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How do you keep your older clothes looking new?
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