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24 Ways To Make Your Clothes Last Forever

Keep your duds from becoming duds.

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1. Hang a laundry symbols print above your washing machine so you never ruin something again.

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2. Coat jackets and shoes with spray-on waterproofing to make them last season after season.

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3. Use adorable boot shapers to keep your favorite pairs from sagging and cracking.

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4. And stuff soft shoes with newspaper or packing paper to keep them in shape.

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5. Hang a closet dehumidifier to absorb moisture and keep your clothes smelling fresh.

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6. Make sure zippers are zipped before tossing them in the wash.

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7. Keep damaging underarm stains at bay with a sweat-proof Thompson tee undershirt.

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8. Clip shoulder shapers onto thin hangers so your jackets and shirts retain their shape.

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9. If you're petite, use petite hangers that won't stretch out your clothes.

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10. Or use adjustable hangers that fit sizes including tall, plus, and petite.

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11. If you run out of shelf space for sweaters, master the "fold hang."

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12. Repel moths with cedar closet accessories like hanger rings and sachets.

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13. Skip the damaging dryer and hang your clothes on an indoor clothesline.

Drying clothes in the sun can make colors fade.

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14. Or dry delicates on a collapsable rack with 46 feet of bar space.

There's even a spot for sweaters and knits that need to dry flat.

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15. Use moleskin to repair bras with underwire poking out.

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16. Instead of ironing your clothes, use a steamer to get the wrinkles out without damaging the fibers.

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17. Gently remove pills with a sweater shaver — it even has a setting for you to control the distance.

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18. Keep your clothes in shape by going over them with a garment brush, which removes crumbs, dust, or other particles that can damage clothes.

While being significantly less annoying than a lint roll.

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19. Launder your delicates in mesh bags to keep them from snagging.

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20. Keep the back of your shoes from getting crushed by using a shoe horn.

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21. Give your clothes some breathing room with a closet doubler.

Fibers need air to retain their elasticity.

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22. Instantly fix worn-down heels with heel caps so they last until you can take them to be repaired.

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23. Gently buff away marks with a double-sided garment sponge (it has an extra soft side for dandruff and deodorant and a tougher side for dirt).

Which means fewer trips to the dry cleaners (and longer-lasting fibers).

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24. And learn how to properly remove all the food stains so you continue to look your best.

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