How to Extend the Life of Your Clothing to Save Cash

This is one of those things that can really make a huge difference for college students. One small mistake in the laundry room can be the difference of having clean, fresh, and well-taken care of clothes and having a wardrobe that been shrunken down so much that your 5th-grade self couldn’t even fit in it.

And, do you know what that means? Off to the store to waste your money on new clothes.

So, how can you make sure you are getting the most out of your clothing? Read on to find out!

Now, I really don’t think I’m one to give tips such as this. After all, I’m a 21-year-old male… what do I know about doing laundry?

Well, honestly, not all that much.

But, after recently going shopping to buy clothes for my new job, I sure know a lot about the cost of clothing.

It’s expensive.

A nice pair of jeans or khakis will run you anywhere from 60-100 bucks, and that’s not even including the premium brands!

Hell, we live in a time where even basic T-Shirts cost twenty bucks.

I mean, if you think about an average wardrobe for a simple guy like myself, I have probably have 30 pairs of underwear, 20 pairs of normal socks, 10 pairs of dress socks, 7 nice polos, two full suits, six dress shirts, three hoodies, 30 shirts, one pair of jeans, one pair of khakis, and three pairs of shorts.

I would estimate in total that all of those articles in total cost $1,000 bucks. Keep in mind, many of those articles of clothing I’ve had for several years.

However, despite how much they cost, can you imagine how quickly that expense would add up if I needed to replace my clothing every other year? That’s an extra five-hundred bucks that, let’s face it, no millennial can afford.

As long as you aren’t obsessed with the latest fashion trends, which, truthfully, I am not, then you can easily get five or more years of life out of your favorite articles of clothing!

Now, I’ll share with you some super simple tips that even a 21-year-old male can use to help preserve and extend the life of your clothing!

Follow The Washing Instructions

Let’s face it… Noone likes following instructions.

I know from experience that it is much more appealing to just throw everything in one massive load and call it a day, but this can result in your clothing coming out ruined, and sometimes, not even properly cleaned!

Instead, read the little tags on your clothing, and actually follow the washing instructions. Wash your clothes with like colors, use the proper temperature… It can really make a huge difference in how long your clothing lasts!

Remove Stains as Soon as Possible

We’ve all been there. Sitting, enjoying a delicious pulled-pork sandwich when…


A huge chunk of bbq sauce finds itself a new home on your brand new jeans.

Now, the logical thing to do would be finish your meal, drink a few sodas while catching up on your favorite show and then tend to the stain, right?


The faster you react to removing a stain, the better of a chance you’ll have to actually remove the stain without damaging your clothing! By acting quickly, you’ll be able to remove the stain before it has a chance to dry into your clothing.

Doing this has saved me from replacing my jeans many times.

Tumble Dry on Low Heat

This is one that was very difficult for me. I remember constantly arguing with my mother about how much longer it took than using high-heat, and how I don’t want to have to wait four hours for my clothes to dry (Admittedly, part of the reason I was so impatient is that I used to wait until the last minute to wash my clothes… so I was kind of desperate for my clothes to finish). But that’s beside the point!

Heat damages clothing and can cause shrinkage as well as accelerates aging. Trust me, it’s worth the extra time to dry them on low heat. It’ll save you time and money in the long run!

Follow Drying Instructions

Many clothes will have drying instructions other than simply tumble drying on low heat.

Heavy sweaters, knit sweaters, and other heavy clothing can be completely ruined by hang drying or tumble drying. When you hang a heavy, damp article of clothing, the weight of the water still within the clothing will cause it to stretch out. This can cause permanent stretching and it can be very frustrating to see your favorite article of clothing stretched beyond recognition. Thus, you should invest in a drying rack. It prevents stretching from hanging, yet still dries your clothes effectively (although it does take a while longer).

Then, for clothes that suggest you hang dry it… just do it. It may seem like a giant pain in the butt, but you have to just trust that the clothing company suggests drying it as such for a reason.


Well, there you go! A few mindless tricks that can help make sure your clothes last as long as possible! Thank you so much for reading my post! Are there any tricks that I missed? What do you do to take care of your clothing? Comment down below! Also, be sure you subscribe to email updates from my website! I’ll send you a nifty little email every time I post a new blog, so you’ll always be up to date!