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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol(R). The opinion and text are all mine.

I know it goes without saying that kids’ clothes are not cheap. Each season I spend a pretty penny on clothing for my children and I want to make sure it looks new as long as possible. Over the years, I’ve learned things I wish I knew from the very beginning, so I’m sharing some tips to help you keep your kid’s clothes looking and smelling new.

Kids clothing isn't cheap. Here are some tips on how to keep your kids clothes looking new as long as possible.

How to Keep your Kids Clothes Looking and Smelling New

Read fabric care labels. Those labels are there to help you properly care for your clothing and to help you get the most life out of each piece. If a label says to wash on cold, wash on cold. If a label says to dry clean only, dry clean only. You’ll get the most wear of out clothing that is cared for properly. This is one of the most important steps to keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new.

I know it goes without saying that kids clothes are not cheap. Here are some tips to keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new as long as possible.

Button and zip it up. Before washing and/or drying, it’s a good idea to button and zip it up. This includes denim, hoodies, sweatshirts, etc. This will keep the buttons and zippers from rubbing against other fabrics which could cause snagging, ripping, stretching, and piling. It’s a great idea to have everybody do this before placing their laundry in the dirty clothes.

Turn shirts inside out while washing and drying, especially graphic tees. So that the job doesn’t fall on the person washing clothes, have everyone turn their shirts inside out before placing them into the dirty clothes hamper. I like washing all our shirts inside out so that the inside of the shirt gets all the wear and tear of being washed and/or dried. As careful as you are, fabrics still rub together in the washer. When I started turning our shirts inside out, I noticed a pretty big difference in how much longer they looked new.

I know it goes without saying that kids clothes are not cheap. Here are some tips to keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new as long as possible.

Wash denim separately from other fabrics. Denim is a much firmer material and will rub other fabrics and break them down over time. Leave them for a load of their own. If you have softer denim mixed with firmer denim, turn the softer denim inside out to keep it looking new as long as possible.

Don’t overload your washing machine. I know it’s tempting to fill your washer all the way just to get the laundry done and out of the way. But, cramming your washer full of clothes is a great way to harm your machine and the clothes you’re putting in there. In addition to the clothes not getting as clean, the constant rubbing together can actually harm the clothing.

I know it goes without saying that kids clothes are not cheap. Here are some tips to keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new as long as possible.

Keep them bacteria and odor free. Kids will be kids. They wipe their noses on their arm sleeve, rub against every dirty surface they come in contact with, and try to get as dirty as possible all before dinnertime. Use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer to keep their clothes clean and bacteria free to avoid illness and germs. I also like to use it on all our towels and sheets.

Use your dryer as sparingly as possible. Always dry clothes on the lowest setting recommended. The heat from the dryer can harm clothing, so if possible, line dry. To help cut down on drying time when using the dryer, use dryer balls.

Did you know that detergent alone does not kill all the bacteria and germs that your clothing picks up? I know I want to eliminate bacteria when I wash clothes, and Lysol Laundry Sanitizer helps me do just that.

I know it goes without saying that kids clothes are not cheap. Here are some tips to keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new as long as possible.

Lysol Laundry Sanitizer is an additive that you use during the rinse cycle, that is specially designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria in your laundry. It does not contain any chlorine bleach and works in cold water so that you can use on most fabrics, including baby clothes, towels, bedding, delicates, and gym clothes. If you’re a busy mom with kids, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer is a must.

How to Use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer

  • For standard machines: Add 2 capfuls each filled to line 1 of the dosing cup to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash
  • For HE machines: Add 2 capfuls each filled line 2 of the dosing cup to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash.
  • To sanitize: add to rinse cycle and leave product in rinse cycle for 16 minutes.

You can find it in the laundry care aisle at your local Target store. Make sure you add the 20% off Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Cartwheel offer (good 10/18 – 10/28) and show your barcode during checkout.

Laundry isn’t a fun job, but it’s a necessary job. Equip yourself with everything you need to make sure the job gets done correctly and you keep your kids clothes looking and smelling new.

I know it goes without saying that kids clothes are not cheap. Here are some tips on how to keep your kids clothes looking new as long as possible. #laundrytips #laundryhacks

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11 thoughts on “Keep Your Kids Clothes Looking and Smelling New (as long as possible)”

  1. Liz Mays says:

    Keeping my family’s clothes feeling and smelling fresh and new is a big priority for me. Using laundry sanitizer is definitely a good idea.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Using laundry sanitizer is a great idea! I’ve never used it before, but I love the idea of making sure my clothes are as clean as they can be. ESPECIALLY during school!

  3. Maureen says:

    These are great tips on keeping kids clothes looking and smelling new. Kids do outgrow clothing quick, no need to have the washing process make them last even less time.

  4. Bill Sweeney says:

    I have to get some of this for our laundry. My kids are all in school, so their clothes need to be clean, and I need them to be free of anything that’s going to make any of us sick.

  5. robin rue says:

    My boys get FILTHY and I would love to make their clothes last longer. I will definitely be trying this.

  6. Marcie W. says:

    Excellent suggestions! I am addicted to Lysol spray and cleansing wipes, but had no idea they made laundry sanitizer. This will work wonders on my sweaty gym clothes and my children’s sports gear.

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for these tips! I would definitely need that Lysol laundry sanitizer. In a male dominant household, you’d have to deal with sweaty clothes which could be a favorable place for bacteria to grow. I am adding this to my grocery list. Our goal is to be illness free till the end of this year.

  8. Dogvills says:

    Awesome tips! I love that you gave suggestions on how to keep clothes looking and smelling new and also how to address the issue of bacteria in our kid’s clothing. Lysol laundry sanitizer is definitely better than bleach. I’m going to get this and start using it in my next load of laundry.

  9. Melissa Chapman says:

    Those are all such great tips and I am not doing any of them. I want to try that Lysol in our wash to help them smell good as well as get clean.

  10. Theresa says:

    I had no idea such a thing existed. I must pick up a bottle for my stinky gym clothes. If Lysol can’t get them sanitized, nothing can.

  11. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says:

    I had no idea that Lysol has a Laundry Sanitizer, I haven’t yet seen it at my local Target, but I will keep an eye out for it during my next shopping trip.

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