Camo clothing is expensive and I don’t see the price going down anytime soon. Hopefully I can provide you with some tips to keep that clothing usable a bit longer.
- When washing, turn everything inside out.
- Wash in cold only.
- Unless your clothes are really dirty, I use the gentle cycle on all my camo.
- The only product I use to wash my clothes in is baking soda. I am not saying there aren’t good products that might offer a scent free wash, I just don’t use them. I usually line the bottom of the washer with baking soda, fill up the washer 1/2 way with clothes, layer with baking soda, load more clothes and top off with baking soda. Just be sure to break up any lumps before you put the lid down.
- I have been told that hanging the clothes up to dry also cuts down on the wear and tear but honestly, that isn’t going to happen in my house. So I usually put the clothes on medium or light heat. Some dryers might state delicates. I just don’t use the full high heat.
- If the clothes are going to be stored for the next season, I make sure they are completely dry then fold them up and place in plastic containers with a locking lid.
- If I am still using my camo, they are packed up either in a scent free duffle bag or the plastic bin I have designated for that season.
- I usually have a plastic bin for heavies and winter camo and then a different bin for spring camo. That might seem redundant but I got tired of yelling who has my wool socks? Where are my gloves?
While camo clothing is designed to be tough and rugged, it doesn’t do anyone any good if it’s washed out and faded. Sometimes just a bit more care will help you keep those much needed tools of the hunt a bit longer.
Here’s to hunting Backyards and Big Farms!