This post is part of a sponsored partnership with P&G/SheSpeaks.
While I tend to be pretty gentle with my own clothes, my son most decidedly is not. I can wear an outfit a whole day and, assuming I don’t spill any food on myself, it hardly even looks worn. Josh, on the other hand, manages to get himself covered head to toe with every speck of dirt in the world. He also plays hard at every activity – basketball, track, golf – so there’s that too.
I wind up washing and drying one, sometimes two outfits each day.
Because of this, his clothes have never lasted near as long as mine do. They fade, they wear out, they begin to get wider and shorter – I’ve never figured out the science (or maybe geometry) of that last one, by the way. You see, washing clothes is actually a somewhat destructive process. You throw clothes in the washer where they are pelted with hot water and rubbed against each other and the machine. Even if you use cold water, they still encounter heat in the dryer. (And if you have a tween or teen boy, I’m going to guess you know what I mean when I say that sometimes washing once isn’t enough – stinky!!)
The result is often faded colors and broken fibers which result in the clothes not lasting as long as you would hope. P&G was nice enough to send over a Walmart gift card so that we could get Josh outfitted with some new shorts and shirts to get him through the numerous camps he has scheduled this summer. While we were there, we also picked up a jumbo sized bottle of Downy Fabric Conditioner.
Downy Fabric Conditioner does so much more than just soften – it protects.
Downy helps your clothes last longer by helping to lessen the fading, stretching, and piling that happens in the wash. The fact that it makes clothes softer and fresh smelling is just a bonus! How does it work? Here’s the explanation right from their own website: Downy helps strengthen fibers so your clothes maintain their original shape. Downy also smoothes fibers, reducing the friction between them that causes them to break and lead to pilling and fuzz. When fibers break, they also cause colors to appear dull, so using Downy also helps keep your clothes from fading.