Best way to save on laundry by knowing when to do laundry.

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Want to know one of the best ways to save on laundry? Stop over washing! Over washing damages your clothes and makes you spend more money. OK, but who over washes their clothes?Crowd of people

In fact, most of us do -we are not talking about underwear here. Depending on our work and our body chemistry, most of us can get multiple wears out of our clothing between washes. But even when we can, often we don’t get the full use between washes because it is hard to remember and track clothing wear.

Why is it important to track clothing wear? Well, even if you can afford to do unnecessary cleaning, you would not be doing your clothes any favor. John Gielgud artherImagine a few of your favorite outfits. Under normal conditions, cleaning wares down your clothes more than wearing them. So why would you want to spend more money to damage your favorite clothes?images-1

Let’s say you wear a particular shirt and pants outfit to the office. Under normal conditions you could easily wear them once or twice more before washing. But, will you remember that they are still fresh two weeks from now? woman guessing
Now multiply that by forty or more items you would like to be tracking in your closet and you start to see the problem. With so many clothes in our wardrobes it’s hard to remember when and how many times we wore each item between cleanings.

Alright, now let’s say it’s laundry day.   You have a number of things that you know need washing and a bunch of items you are unsure of. So to be safe, you decide to throw them all into the hamper or take them all to the dry cleaners. Because we don’t remember the freshness status we end up over washing, wasting more money and resources than we need to on washing and dry cleaning, while damaging our clothes.

You may be saying, I know when my clothes are dirty? Yes, that may be pretty obvious. 200220420-001The question is, do you know when your clothes are still clean? People have asked and tried to answer that question in many ways. (see Clothing Care 101)  To varying degrees we all attempt to track clothing wear. You may smell and inspect your lightly worn clothes before considering them for reuse or wash. But if you are like most people, the biggest part of your system relies on memory and guessing.

MyClothingHelper was invented to easily track clothing wear. It goes on any hanger and counts how many times you wear an item between cleanings.  Imagine, every time you go to your closet you will know at a glance the status of your clothing. Knowing the freshness status of your clothes will save you money on laundry and save your clothes from over washing.

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Clothing Care 101: How many times do you wear clothes before washing?

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How many times have you gone to your closet, picked out an item, and asked yourself,  ‘Can I still wear this?  Is this fresh enough to wear again?’Women deciding what to wear2 People have asked and tried to answer that question in many ways. I used to hang my newly cleaned clothes towards the front of the closet and my lightly worn clothes towards the back.  But once I had a number of lightly worn clothes hanging in the closet it got pretty confusing.What to wear1 With a closet full of clothes that can take a couple of weeks or more to rotate through, how was I supposed to remember whether I wore the item once, three times, or not at all?   A clever friend told me that she would button her dress shirts to remember and count on the buttons how many times she wore the shirt between cleanings. Most people inspect their clothing to see that it looks clean.  After that some people smell their clothes.   But a clothing item could pass both tests and still need cleaning. Man washing clothes4 Not knowing how many times you wore an item between cleanings generally leads to over washing or under washing of your clothes. When it comes to washing or dry cleaning, many of us add additional clothing items to the wash just to be safe.What to waer2Also, not knowing and guessing what is still fresh enough to wear adds additional stress when trying to get ready in the morning.   MyClothingHelper solves this problem in a simple and inexpensive manner.   Without guessing you will know exactly what is available for each occasion whether you are going to the office, a special event, or working in the back yard. Carefree children running2You will be confident that you are washing all the clothes that need to be washed yet not over washing clothes that are still fresh enough to wear.

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Lots of clothes, nothing to wear.

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You’re just getting into the stride of your career. You’re a mid-level professional with hope, promise, and youth. Like others in your position, you have a wardrobe brimming with clothes. Yet how often have you gone to your closet and lamented, “I have nothing to wear”?

Nothing to wear?

 

 

 

The average closet today has about 100 clothing items. That’s a lot. Your parents had half as many clothes at your age and your grandparents had half as many as they did. So why do so many professionals today feel they have nothing to wear? The answer lies in our ever-changing culture.

You likely don’t do the same kind of work that your parents and grandparents did. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, American industry revolved around blue-collar factory work and farming jobs. gm1What you wore to work every day was more or less a clean version of the same outfit. But whether blue or white collar, there was a generally appreciated style that was easily followed. The economic and the cultural landscape started to change dramatically by the 1960s. Blue collar jobs started loosing ground to white collar.

The aftermath of the various cultural upheavals of the 1960s also led to the partial rejection of formal attire.

coverAccordingly, the individual behind the “uniform” needed to be expressed and appreciated. And to express yourself you needed more and different types of clothing. This economic and cultural shift was a boon to the fashion industry. And with new technology in textiles, fashion, once reserved for the rich and famous, became affordable to nearly everyone.

 

 

 

Freed from the template of tradition, professionals today are more open to experiment in their dress. 198629-pn-workwearMany are expected to look both formal and casual; a professional casual. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s indicative of a society where the professional is required to embrace the new to be relevant.

In our efforts to stay relevant we feel compelled to keep up with the newest fashion. But clothing that is fashionable today will be less appealing tomorrow. In less than half a decade our closets become filled with clothing we’ve left behind.

Elizabethian ActorsToday’s professional is not the first to experience the challenge of fashion: To quote Shakespeare, “…I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man”.

 

 

Today it is a common problem, produced by affluence, and experienced by many. That’s how a closet full of clothes turns into just a few go-to outfits, and suddenly we have nothing to wear.

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