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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5 Great Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Clothes

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We’ve opined before on the woes of contemporary fashion and shopping culture. Clothing trends rise and fall like the tides of the ocean. We could spend thousands of dollars to build a modern wardrobe, only to find it near obsolete a few years later.

While we opt for generous helpings of classic, time-tested staples in our clothing diet, there are some trends we can’t fight. As a result, from time to time we must atone for our questionable purchases and purge our closets of the Clothes That Time Forgot.

What to do with these wardrobe castoffs? Standard procedure says toss them in a plastic bag and drop them off at the local Goodwill. But why not put your old clothes back to work? Check out these ways to reuse and recycle old clothes that you don’t wear anymore.

1. Denim is precious; hang on to your old jeans

A few holes doesn't have to mean the end of your favorite jeans.

A few holes doesn’t have to mean the end of your favorite jeans.

Pair of jeans marred by a hole in the knee? We could tell you to snip off the legs and fashion a pair of jorts (Warning: link contains images not suitable for children), but it’s a look we highly discourage.

Instead, save your old jeans for a rainy day. When your favorite pair of jeans invariably begins to wear out, use fabric from the old jeans to patch them up. It’s like a skin graft for your pants. Don’t worry they won’t feel a thing.

Note: we do not endorse a patchwork look. I good tailor should be able to sew the transplant fabric into the candidate jeans, creating a near-seamless look.

2. Turn an old t-shirt into a stylish tote bag

This is a fantastic idea, one that is beautifully detailed here on Delia Creates.

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Re-using an old t-shirt to create a fashionable tote bag doesn’t require as much work as you think. Just a few steps and you can give new use to an old t-shirt that would have otherwise retired to life a dust rag. And with plastic bags slowly being banned across the country, this is a practical, attractive, and environmentally-friendly way to carry your groceries.

3. Turn a hoodie into a laptop bag

This may not be a long-term solution for your laptop transport needs, but it’s a clever and resourceful option. As demonstrated here, with a few folds and a knot (no sewing required), an old hooded sweatshirt can double as a laptop bag.

4. Expand your closet using an old belt

beltIf you really can’t part with your old clothes and could use a little more space in your closet, then this is for you. Clothes hang on a horizontal bar in a closet, resulting a lot of wasted space directly below the hanging clothes. Try taking an old belt and putting the buckle over the top of a hanger. The belt holes act as additional spaces for more hangers. This technique can double the space in your closet.

5. Host a clothing exchange party with friends

We believe that the number one reason people get rid of their old clothes is not because they are worn out or don’t fit anymore; it’s because they’re sick of wearing them. That’s just the product of seeing ourselves in the same outfit time after time and a desire for change.

Most of us feel this way. Your friends have clothes they’re tired of wearing too. Why not propose a trade? We’ve done clothing swaps with friends in the past and it’s a lot of fun because it’s truly a win-win arrangement. You get something new (to you) and you get it for what feels like nothing. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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Clothing Care: Managing Clothing Wear Of Not-Yet-Dirty Clothes

“In-be-cleans,” “purgattire,” “tweener duds” are some of the names given to those clothes that have been worn but aren’t ready to be placed in the laundry basket. Just about everyone has these clothes and we try to keep track of them.Girl in closet

I’ll start by explaining a typical scenario that leads to in-be-clean clothes.  Most of the time I’ll wear a pair of pants to work, sit in my office all day (where I don’t exert too much physical energy), and then change when I get home. Considering the climate-controlled environment I spend most of my time in, unless I spill something on my clothes, the reality is that this hardly-worn clothing is perfectly wearable. I find it’s reasonable to get at least two and maybe even three or four wears from my clothes.Office workers2

But the issue arises of how to organize and keep track of these clothes. You know you’ll wear them again, but you’re hesitant to put them back in your closet where you might confuse them with freshly-cleaned clothes. So often times they end up hanging from hooks and doorknobs, strewn across hamper bins and chairs, or forgotten in a heap on your bedroom floor, your “floordrobe,” if you will. But that’s not really the most organized or aesthetically pleasing way to organize. If your clothes are not dirty enough to be washed, then they are clean enough to hang back in the closet.girl & clothing-pile 2

Some people use a system of hanging clothes backwards in their closet in order to differentiate between dirty and clean. Others rely on the sniff test, a decidedly unscientific, and to some, a gross method of keeping track. (Don’t even get me started on those people who don’t wash their clothes until they are visibly dirty). Ultimately, these methods only get you so far. Sure, you may be able to tell the difference between clean and slightly-worn, but how do you know when it’s actually time to wash?Young man holding pile of clothes 2

The only way to really know is to use a system that keeps track of how often you wear your clothes. That way, not only do you know whether it’s clean or been worn before, you know exactly how many times it’s been worn, and therefore how dirty it is. MyClothingHelper is a product that does just that; it literally counts how many times you wear something. This information allows you to wear something again (and again, if it’s still clean enough) with confidence. No need to waste time while getting dressed in the morning trying to guess what’s fresh and what’s semi-worn.

Using MyClothingHelper can help you get more wear out of your clothes. As a result, you’ll do less laundry and minimize wear and tear on your clothes. Not to mention, it also encourages you to get those in-be-cleans off the floor and back into your closet! It’s a simple tool, but one that provides valuable and practical information to help you organize and maximize your wardrobe.

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