Money Talks News: Stop Ruining Your Clothes

Laundry... it never ends. And it's also the place to start dressing for frugal success by making your clothes last longer.

You're going to want to wash your whites after every wearing to keep them from getting yellowed. But when it comes to things like jeans, wash them every third time unless they've got a stain on them. And what about dry cleaning? Only take them in if the absolutely need it.

Hang dry cleanables immediately after wearing to air them out and prevent wrinkles. And when it comes to laundry, sort carefully: darks together. Make sure zippers are zipped so the teeth don't catch other clothes. But don't button buttons: Machine washing can damage them.

To prevent pilling... turn t-shirts inside-out for washing and drying. Wash in cold water... it saves energy, preserves colors and prevents shrinking. Dry only as long you need to... T-shirts and knits are done about 10 minutes sooner than jeans and sweatshirts. And iron clothes inside-out to preserve the finish, especially with dark colors and delicates.

Don't over stuff the washer or dryer... Clothes may get roughed up, not get clean and take take longer to dry. You can also use a cup of white vinegar in the final rinse... it's a natural fabric softener that'll help protect colors and will not leave residue or heavy scent.

Now here's something not good for your clothes. Doing stuff like spraying cologne and hair spray after you're already dressed. Put this stuff on before you put on your clothes.

Wear undershirts to prevent armpit staining. And the single best thing you can do to make your clothes last? Follow the care instructions on the label.

Bottom line: Taking good care of your clothes is going to save you a ton of money in the long run and keep you looking better.

Want more tips on making your clothes last as long as possible? Just go to and search for "clothes."

For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.