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How To Care for Your Children's Clothes

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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.

Tips:

  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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