Keep Your Kids Clothes Looking and Smelling New (as long as possible)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.