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    19 Borderline Genius Ways To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

    Save your clothes — and your money.

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    1. Hang sweaters without losing their shape by learning the ~fold-hang~.

    2. Turn old pillowcases into garment bags to keep your off-season clothes looking fresh.

    Find out how to make them here.

    3. Use thick wooden hangers to keep shoulders intact.

    For a cheaper alternative, bind several skinny ones together.

    Get these hangers at The Container Store.

    4. Or if typical ones are too big, try petite hangers.

    You can get the petite hanger pictured above from Amazon.

    5. Be sure to close zippers before throwing clothes in the wash.

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    Open zippers are more likely to snag other fabrics during agitation.

    6. Wash your jeans and other items you don't want to fade inside out.

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    This prevents the color loss that can happen when fabrics rub against each other in the wash.

    7. Add a pinch of salt to your wash cycles to keep colors from fading.

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    Find out more here.

    8. Keep shoes in shape by stuffing them with newspaper or packing paper.

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    9. Waterproof fabric shoes with beeswax.

    Don't ruin your favorite shoes in the rain. Find out how here.

    10. Hide bleach marks on black clothing with a sharpie.

    Residual bleach. It happens to the best of us. Learn more here.

    11. Freeze brand new tights to prevent runs before they happen.

    Find out more here.

    12. Or spray them with a light coating of hairspray.

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    13. Use glue or clear nail polish to prevent your buttons from popping off.

    14. Hook your bra in the back so it doesn't stretch out when you turn it around.

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    If you ~can~, that is. Learn more here.

    15. Use moleskin to hide any underwire poking out of your favorite bra.

    16. Don't use fabric softener on moisture-wicking or stain-resistant gear.

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    It'll coat the fibers and reduce their effectiveness.

    17. Use a drying rack or indoor clothesline to skip the dryer damage.


    You can get this one from Amazon.

    18. If you don't have a mesh delicates bag, wash your items in a pillowcase instead.

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    19. Spray clothes with vodka to reduce odor between washes.

    It's a classic vintage trick. Find out how here.