Avoid Buying New Clothes and Save Money This Year Instead

image1Surveys show that Americans spend a decent amount of money on clothing. Women spend about $59 and men spend about $25 a month. The average family bringing in an income of $50,000 spends about $2,000 a year on new outfits. On top of the money being invested in new shirts, pants, sweaters and other garments, laundry can be a real pain in the neck. Stain removers don’t always eliminate the entire mark left behind by spilled coffee or mystery smears, and color-enhancing detergent only extends the lifetime of clothing for so long. To help prevent having to purchase new clothes there are tips to help keep darks from fading, sneakers from tumbling into pieces in the dryer and white shirts from having ugly armpits.

Downy Ball has compiled some of the best laundry secrets and shortcuts since the invention of the modern washing machine and dryer to help consumers look their best with minimal effort. These tips include:

1. Buy a sneaker dryer bag to eliminate the loud banging from your shoes.

2. To prevent color fading, toss your clothes in the wash with a teaspoon of salt for a brighter look.

3. Wash dark clothes inside out to keep them from fading. The detergent won’t drain the color and this easy trick will keep favorite shirts and pants looking newer longer.

4. Save time, energy and money by throwing a dry towel into the dryer with wet laundry – this will reduce moisture in the machine and speed up the drying process.

5. Remove underarm stains with a homemade recipe instead of bleach or stain sticks. Mix Dawn dishwashing liquid, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda to create a scrub that gets stunning results.

6. Remove grease stains with a piece of chalk. Even if you have already washed a garment hoping soap and water would do the trick, that stain isn’t a permanent part of your wardrobe and chalk can still save the day. 

About Downy Ball

No more waiting for the rinse cycle. No more cleaning out the dispenser. With the Downy Ball, fabric softener is automatically released during the rinse cycle. To enjoy the convenience of Downy Ball just pour the Downy fabric softener of choice up to the right fill line in the Downy bottle cap, pour into the ball, seal it, and drop it in at the start of the wash on top of fabrics. Downy Ball will release the softener on its own, making laundry less complicated.

  • Jennifer Clay

    With my three kids, who grow like a weed, I feel like I have to constantly buy new outfits for them. It can be rough trying to keep to a budget on clothing when they are constantly outgrowing their stuff!

  • Liz Mays

    I’m so excited to hear about the underarm stain removal trick. My son works outside and those can be tricky!

  • K. Lee Banks

    I’ve actually been getting rid of clothes, downsizing, decluttering, and all. But it would be nice to use products that help me preserve the clothes I’m keeping.

  • Shann Eva

    I’ve been trying to cut down my spending and buy less clothes myself. Thanks for the tips.

  • Pat Fenner

    Love these tips! Besides wanting to save money, I’m one of the (probably) only 2 women on the planet who does NOT like to shop! Sot anything I can do to take care of what I already have… <3

  • Elizabeth O.

    These are good to know and I’m glad that I’m already doing some of these things. I always washed dark and light colored clothes inside out, but I didn’t know that it helps prevent fading.

  • Mykidsguide

    These are awesome tips. This will not only help you save money from buying new clothes, but from energy bills and bleaching products as well.

  • Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    I have actually really paired down my closet as well and gotten rid of a lot of clothes since I find that with working from home I really need very little. I do like your tip about the salt. I just washed my bright new summer clothes, but I will try that next week 🙂

  • tonygreene113

    Shoot..I take my children to Burlington and let them choose a few objects that I know they need. Since they are teenagers, the growing is pretty much over…lol.

  • Esther

    I am just about to spend money for back to school. Thank you for all of these great ideas! I have not even heard of most of these. I am going to try the salt in the washer and the towel in the dryer today.