It's officially summertime, which means warmer weather and a whole new slew of clothing options to choose from. While it can be tempting to buy your kids a whole bunch of new clothes, your old ones still have plenty of life in them. Here are seven simple ways to make sure your kids’ summer wardrobe stays looking good all season long.
Start sorting your whites into a whites-only washing load if you haven't previously (and stop making these laundry mistakes). Once you've separated them, start your washing machine on high and use a detergent with a bleach alternative or enzymes. Use a laundry booster such as borax, oxygen bleach, or washing soda.
So your kids twisted their arms the wrong way and now their linen shirt is all wrinkled? Accept it—linen is a wrinkle-resistant fabric. Before it is completely dry, iron this summer staple over high heat and high steam (if the item is already dry, spray it with water first). While ironing, pay special attention to collars and cuffs but don't sweat a few creases once you've put the item on. A crumple here and there adds individuality to your ensemble and emphasizes the fabric's relaxed appearance.
When your children remove their bathing suit, whether they were swimming or sunbathing, rinse it in cool tap water to prevent body oils, perspiration, and chlorine from affecting the elasticity and color of the suit. Then, in your sink, hand-wash the item with cold water and a spoonful of liquid detergent. Allow the suit to dry naturally.
Silk is a natural fabric that breathes well and looks great in the summer, especially in an airy style. However, because most silk items are dry-cleaned only, keeping them clean during the sweatier summer months can be difficult. If the care instructions for your child's clothing state that it may be washed by hand, try it in your sink with cold water and light detergent. Allow the item to air dry before hanging it on a cushioned hanger in your closet.
Bags and shoes might fade in the sun. To avoid damage, keep these accessories in dust bags. If you don't have the ones that came with them, use an old pillowcase. Wipe leather with a warm moist cloth after each use and before storage to remove any dirt or dust. Keep the plastic inserts that come with leather sandals and replace them after each wear to keep the shoe's form.
That sunglasses headband method you do to keep your hair out of your face? Definitely not good for your child's glasses. This will lead them to expand over time. Keep these accessories looking new by keeping them in a case and cleaning them on a regular basis with a microfiber cloth.