My kids spend a big portion of their lives in their school clothes. Five days a week, they slip into them first thing in the morning and have them on for time in the classroom, time on the playground, time in after-school activities and generally even through dinner at home. Their school clothes see lots of wear and tear, especially with them both being boys. I have to say that I feel kinda lucky that my boys wear uniforms because not only does it make purchasing school clothes simpler for me but it makes the process of getting ready in the mornings easier for them. However, keeping their school clothes looking bright, clean and presentable can present quite a challenge. You see, when everyone wears the same thing at school, faded shirts and ripped knees in pants quickly become an unwelcome way to stand out. Where I used to think that I’d just have to buy new uniforms quarterly, this year I’ve only made one, beginning-of-the-year shopping trip and instead of replacing, I’ve kept my boys’ school clothes looking great with a few simple tips and some help from Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs.
While I’ll fully admit that I developed my new and improved laundry routine to help make the boys’ school uniforms last longer and look better, I’ve discovered that these simple tips can help any mom make more out of their kids school clothes! So, are you ready to hear the secret to my school clothing success.
Buy Big (Sizes that Is)
Kids grow….fast. And while the temptation to have their clothes fit and look perfect for those first day of school photos is strong, for me the desire to finish out the school year in the same clothes they started it in is stronger. Whether I’m purchasing school uniforms or everyday clothing, I always look for kids school clothes that can be worn longer and made to go further. Here are a few simple ways to ensure that kids can grow with their clothes instead of simply outgrowing them:
– Look for pants with adjustable waistbands.
– Tack longer hems up with a few simple stitches so that pants can be let out as a child grows.
– Roll too-long sleeves in instead of out to avoid fraying.
– Look for coats with adjustable sleeves and bodies to grow with your child.
By simply finding ways to buy bigger clothes and make them work for a longer period of time, I’m able to cut down on clothing costs. In addition, I can use simple fixes like adding layering tees under short sleeve shirts to make the same shirts work all year long! Since discovering some of these easy fixes, I’ve gone from buying school clothes at least three times a year to only buying them once!
Having boys, it’s not hard to pin-point the area where they are roughest on their clothes. For years, it seemed like no matter how often I bought new pants, the knees were always busted out within weeks. Of course once that happened, I would patch their pants but those little tears that I could see always drove me crazy (CRAZY, I tell ya!). So, I simply decided to stop waiting for their knees to bust. Now, the minute I purchase a new pair of pants for either of my boys (but especially the kindergartner), I go ahead and use a patch to reinforce the inside of the knees.
By taking just a few extra minutes when I purchase new pants to do this one simple trick, I’m making sure that my boys outgrown their pants way before they split at the knees! In fact, we’ve made it through almost a whole school year and the knees in my little guys pants are still going strong (which you know is a BIG deal if you have rough and tumble boys).
Use Tide PODS® Every Wash
While the above tips make my kids’ school clothes last for WAY longer, it can cause a problem with it comes to their daily appearance. Yes, I can go a whole school year (and sometimes two) with the same uniforms fitting them. However, in order to make all the other tricks work and pay off in the long run, I had to find a way to ensure that the bold colors of their school clothes didn’t fade and that the shape of their clothes doesn’t stretch out when they are washed week after week after week. After all, what good are clothes that continues to fit if they are faded out, stretched out and worn looking? With their rough and tumble lifestyle (and their love of rolling in mud – I kid you not), washing their clothes less to keep them looking new for longer wasn’t an option for me. Instead, I switched to Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs!
In addition to the stain fighting power of Tide that I’ve trusted to keep our entire family’s clothes clean for as long as I can remember, these laundry detergent pacs boast the fabric protection of Downy to help clean, brighten, fight stains and protect the kids’ school clothes with every wash. There is no measuring. No trying to figure out exactly when or where to add the laundry detergent or fabric softener. Instead, with one easy to use detergent pac I can clean, condition and protect those school clothes that I want to make last longer.
By simply adding one of my Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs to regular loads of laundry in either my high efficiency or standard washer, I’m able to take advantage of the 4 in 1 technology that includes a detergent, stain remover, brightener and Downy Fabric Protection all in one measure-free pac (like all household products, keep out of reach of children)! No matter whether I’m using hot or cold water, the Tide PODS® dissolve perfectly and provide six times the cleaning power in half the time*.
Even better, these easy-to-use laundry detergent pacs clean and condition in one easy step while protecting my kids’ school clothes from damage in the wash! For me, that means pants they come out looking just as new as the day I bought them and shirts that don’t fade and instead keep their shape and color so that my kids always look great….at least when I drop them off in the mornings!
By making a few simple changes in the way I shop for my kids’ school clothes and a few even simpler changes in how I take care of them, I’ve discovered that making my kids’ school clothes last longer is actually not that hard! It simple requires a little though, a little planning and a little Tide!
If you’re ready to make your kids’ clothes last longer, you’re ready for the 4 in 1 power of Tide PODS® Plus Downy laundry detergent pacs! Pick yours up today and add them to the wash tomorrow to discover that keeping clothes looking their best doesn’t have to be hard! Then start using my simple tips and the power of Tide to ensure that while kids can be rough on their clothes, you’ve got a secret weapon that helps ensure their favorite looks last longer!
Tell me, what are your best tips for making your kid’s school clothes last longer?
*stain removal of 1 Tide PODS® pac vs. 6 doses of leading bargain brand liquid detergent, base variant