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How To Care for Your Children's Clothes


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.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: A few extra minutes a day

Here's How:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Dry items:
      • Line drying extends the life of an item, but it is not always convenient.
      • Do not overload the dryer.
  4. 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.


  1. Check your closets and other storage spaces often for moths.
  2. Cedar chips should be replaced every season.
  3. Do not store items in cardboard boxes; they do not protect clothing from moths or water damage.
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