Get the Hang of Doing Laundry Right

fashion, style, grooming, laundry
 

The average adult ruins one or two items of clothing a year, and 600,000 wreck up to nine, a new survey has found; men also tend to destroy pricier pieces than women. But a few simple rules can save your wardrobe, says Jerry Pozniak of upscale dry cleaners Jeeves NY. Here are some tips for keeping clothes fresh.

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CHECK THE TAG

Read the garment’s care label—seriously, read it— and follow it. “That’s key,” says Pozniak.

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DON’T GET ALL DIY

Don’t attempt your own serious-stain removal: “Many people ruin clothes that way.”

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SAVE YOUR SHIRT

If you accidentally machine-wash a dry-clean item, don’t toss it in the dryer. “That’ll shrink it; air-dry it instead.”

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BUY A BETTER BLEACH

Use oxygenating bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2)—“It’s gentler than chlorine.” If you do use chlorine, pour only the recommended amount, to avoid fiber degradation.

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DON’T BE A HERO

Take the words “dry-clean only” seriously, Pozniak says. “Otherwise you may end up with a sweater that could fit a 2-year-old.”