How To Care For Your Winter Wardrobe

stack of winter sweaters on a wooden table

stack of winter sweaters on a wooden table

Because you’re bundling up against the cold, it’s not uncommon to notice your laundry pile up a whole lot faster during the winter. Keep it from getting out of control by following these winter wardrobe tips.

What to Wear In The Winter

When it’s cold outside, it’s a good idea to layer up. Layers don’t just help to keep you warm, they can also help you adjust to changing temperatures throughout the day. It might be freezing cold outside in the morning, but by noon you might want to shed a few layers in the heated interior of your office. Layers can also help you keep your bulkier items smelling fresh longer so that you can get a few more wears out of them before its time to put them in the wash.  Follow these tips for what to wear.

  • Wear a t-shirt or camisole under your sweaters.
  • Wear your jeans, sweaters, and PJs multiple times.
  • Wear hats, gloves and mittens multiple times.

When to Wash Your Winter Wardrobe Staples

If you had to wash all of your winter accessories after each use, you would need as many gloves as you do socks. Imagine having to pair double the amount of socks every week. No thank you. Instead follow these guidelines for when to wash winter wardrobe staples.

  • Wash hats, gloves, and scarves once a month.  Make sure to place them in a netted laundry bag to keep pairs together and stop long scarves from getting tangled in other items.
  • Wash your down jackets or alternative coats twice each winter or every six weeks. Make sure to wash them on the gentle setting using cold water.
  • Knitted sweaters and scarves should be washed after a few uses. Hand wash them with gentle dish soap.

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Bonus Wardrobe Tips

  • Don’t use fabric softener on winter sports wear like long johns. The softener can stop these items for wicking moisture properly.
  • Treat mud and salt stains immediately. If you wait to treat them they will set and they will be much harder to remove.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your clothing if you plan to air dry them. It will keep them from getting crunchy.
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