What can you do to ensure that your child’s clothes will stay looking good for as long as possible? By taking a few extra steps in your laundry routine, you can keep your child’s clothing looking good.
Time Required: A few extra minutes a day
- Pretreat, inspect and sort your laundry before washing:
• Read labels carefully and follow the instructions.
• Empty all pockets.
• Close zippers to prevent snagging.
• Turn colored and black garments inside out to avoid fading.
• Separate into like colors.
• Denims and brights should be washed separately from other clothes for the first several washes.
• Search for stains and pre-treat them.
• Look for ripped seams or small holes that can be sewn before washing.
- Wash items accordingly:
• Wash high-pile, lint-making items separately from those fabrics that catch lint, including dark colored items.
• Wash whites in hot water with bleach.
• Wash brights and darks in cold water.
- Dry items:
• Line drying extends the life of an item, but it is not always convenient.
• Do not overload the dryer.
- Store items properly:
• Wash and dry all items before storing them.
• Store items in plastic garment bags or plastic containers.
• Use cedar chips if moths are a problem in your house.
- Check your closets and other storage spaces often for moths.
- Cedar chips should be replaced every season.
- Do not store items in cardboard boxes; they do not protect clothing from moths or water damage.