How to Keep Your Kids’ Clothes Bright and Vibrant!
Pass down the best hand me downs!
I think that it is safe to say that it’s starting to feel warmer and the sun is starting to set a bit later. Spring has officially sprung! It was a long winter, the kids wore tons of layers and somehow, they’ve sprouted and they’ve grown so much. I’m sure yours are the same but before you head out and by them new threads, consider hand-me-downs that are a great cost-effective way to easily turn-over your kids’ wardrobes.
Passing down your kids’ old clothes that are in great shape is a great way to save some cash and to me, they are nostalgic. I love seeing Mimi wearing clothes that Gabby wore and she has tons! The reason I am able to get two generations in them is by taking care of them regularly. Here are some simple and affordable ways to keep your kid’s clothes in great condition and hand-me-down ready!
Host a clothing swap.
Gather all your friends and have a clothes swap. Everybody can bring their kid’s old clothes that they have either outgrown or are simply tired of. It gives you and your friends the chance to catch-up and socialize while refreshing your kids wardrobe and saving money. Bonus: gather your friends who wear the same size as you do for a clothes swap of your own!
Treat Stains Right Away.
Sometimes it feels easier to just get rid of a garment when it gets a bad stain. But, you can always get on it right away and treat it according to the material and get the stain out before it sets. I know I’ve used OxiClean to get rid of pesky stains, I’d make a paste and it works like magic.
Maybe you have a clothesline outside or within your laundry room like me but, it’s always great to wash your clothes as you normally do and hang them dry. It saves them from a trip through the dryer and keeps them looking like new. Plus, it saves energy!
Wash With Cold Water.
I have always washed all of our clothes with cold water. I know! Crazy! But, it really isn’t. The only time I use hot water is for washing Gabby’s soccer uniform after a muddy day. Hot water wears out clothes faster. I use OxiClean Coldwater detergent packs and I’m good to go, our clothes is just as clean, vibrant and the threads stay strong!
Embrace the bold colours.
Fun, bright and colourful spring clothes can lose their vibrancy quickly during the year – making it hard to pass them on. The right laundry detergent can go a long way in caring for clothes. It will ensure your whites stay radiant and your colours vibrant.
Upgrade from ordinary detergents and give your kids clothes a high definition clean with OxiClean™ HD™ Laundry Detergent (available in liquid and paks).
De-Clutter & Organize!
At the end of every season, have your kids help you pack away any clothes that are getting too small for them. For Mimi, I have to try them on her because I just never know. For Gabby, it’s always been easier.
Next, have them label the box with the date and season so in a few years, when your next child is ready for a new outfit, you know exactly where to find them. Whatever doesn’t make it into storage, I usually pack away in donation boxes or sell them for consignment. Since we take care of our clothes, we can always make good credit and purchase other hand me downs.
To keep the clothes fresh for when you need it, make sure to wash everything before you store it away. Use OxiClean™ Foam Pre-treat to rid your children’s clothes of tough dried on stains – even grease! When your next child needs it, it will be bright, vibrant and stain-free!
Do you have any great tips for re-using old clothes and saving money?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.