The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. This can only mean one thing summer is finally here. After a long winter of being bundled up, I quickly realize how much my children have grown! Instead of purchasing all new clothes for them, hand-me-downs are a great cost-effective way to easily turn-over your little one’s wardrobes.
Just as important as getting new clothes for your kids, is passing down your kids’ old clothes that are in great shape!
My beautiful 19-year-old niece is off to university in the fall. She is bright, charming and has a keen sense of fashion. Even when she was little she knew how to pull an outfit together. One of her favourite items was a green striped dress with a strawberry embossed on the front. She loved this dress and passed it on to my girls when she outgrew it.
This was the dress that my daughter, now 12, wore for her JK school pictures 8 years ago. My oldest daughter then passed it on to my younger daughter Andie. Eventually, the strawberry dress was too small for my Andie and the girls started to wear it as a fancy top with leggings. This dress was dragged through mud puddles, worn to birthday parties and taken to the beach as a cover up. You could say it was a well-loved piece of clothing.
I never worried about stains ruining our strawberry dress, as I use OxiClean Foam Pre-treat to help lift the stains and OxiClean HD Laundry Detergent to keep this dress in high rotation.
Here are some simple and affordable ways to keep your kid’s clothes in great condition, and hand-me-down ready:
1. Host a clothing swap. Gather all your friends and have a clothes swap. Everybody can bring their kid’s old clothes that they have either outgrown or are simply tired of. It gives you and your friends the chance to catch-up and socialize while refreshing your kid’s wardrobe and saving money. Bonus: gather your friends who wear the same size as you do for a clothes swap of your own!
2. Keep it in the family. At the end of every season, have your children pack away any clothes that are getting too small for them. Label the box with the date and season so in a few years, when your next child is ready for a new outfit, you know exactly where to find them. Make sure to wash everything before you store it away, so that it is clean and fresh when you pull it out of storage. Pro Tip: OxiCleanTM Foam Pre-treat rids your children’s clothes of tough dried on stains – even grease!
3. Embrace the bold colours. Fun, bright and colourful spring clothes can lose their vibrancy quickly during the year – making it hard to pass them on. The right laundry detergent can go a long way in caring for clothes. Pro Tip: Upgrade from ordinary detergents and give your kids clothes a high definition clean with OxiCleanTM HDTM Laundry Detergent (available in liquid and paks). It will ensure your whites stay radiant and your colours vibrant.
Just like the green striped strawberry dress, my son Beckett has many pieces of hand-me-downable clothing that I pass onto my fellow staff members. I also keep a number of Beckett’s old track pants, t-shirts and jackets on hand for students who may have played in one too many puddles during recess.
How do you recycling your children’s clothing? Do you have a tip or trick you would like to share?