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choosing & caring for.

Spending your clothing dollars:

1. Make a plan before you go shopping for clothes. Go through your clothing to see what you really need, then go shopping with those needs in mind.

2. When choosing items you wear a lot (like shoes or underwear), buy only good quality items.

3. When choosing items you’ll wear only a few times (like a party dress or a fad T-shirt), you can pay less attention to quality and spend less.

4. Stick to a few basic colors of separates (tops, pants, and skirts), so you can mix and match pieces of clothing. This way, your wardrobe will go further. Stick to basic colors of shoes, too, so they’ll go with most of your clothes.

5. Read the label to make sure an item is easy to care for. If an item must be dry-cleaned, it will cost more to take care of. If an item is polyester and cotton, it should not have to be ironed.

6. Make sure clothing fits well and is in a becoming style and color.

7. Learn when clothes go on sale. Stores have clearance sales for summer wear in July and winter clothes in January.

Directions: Read the way each person below shopped for clothes. Write ‘yes’ if the person followed the tips above. Write ‘no’ if the person did not.

_____ 1. Michelle bought a sweater at a bargain price, but she didn’t have anything to wear with it.

_____ 2. Sue thought that since underwear doesn’t show, she’d buy the cheapest she could find.

_____ 3. Nancy bought some sharp looking purple shoes, but she could only wear them with one outfit.

_____ 4. Jim bought a sweater on sale. It had to be dry-cleaned, and the trim had to be removed by hand before cleaning.

_____ 5. Sam needed a coat. He shopped at several stores. He decided on a good-quality coat that was on sale.

_____ 6. Before his new job started, Joe took a good look at his clothes. He bought five items that he really needed.

_____ 7. Joanne bought a red hoop mini-skirt that was really ‘in’, but she looked and felt silly in it.

_____ 8. Sandy chose mainly blue, brown or tan clothes that went together.


It’s Job


Works best in soft water. Gentle on all fabrics. Good for baby clothes and hand washables. Soap needs hot or warm water to dissolve best.


Works well in all types of water. Excellent cleaning power. Can be used in hot or cold water. May have bleach, softeners or scent added to it


Whitens white clothes. Brightens colors. Removes stains. Deodorizes

Fabric softener Softens clothes. Reduces static electricity
Water conditioner

Softens water. Prevents soap scum in hard water.

Starch Makes clothes look crisp.
Stain removers

Come in spray, powder, or liquid form. May be sprayed on stains or worked in before washing. Presoaks require clothes to be soaked before washing.

Directions: Match the laundry product with a job listed in the chart. The products may be used more than once.

_____ 1. whitens white clothes a. soap
_____ 2. softens clothes, removes static b. detergent
_____ 3. makes clothes look crisp c. bleach
_____ 4. deodorizes d. fabric softener
_____ 5. good for hand washables e. water conditioner
_____ 6. cleans in hot or cold water f. starch
_____ 7. cleans in all types of water g. stain removers
_____ 8. may be sprayed on or rubbed in stains  
_____ 9. softens water  

_____ 10. presoaks are one kind of these



A. Machine wash - hot water

B. Machine wash - warm water

C. Machine wash - cold water

D. Dry Clean

E. Handwash


F. Regular

G. Gentle

H. Handwash -gentle


I. Detergent only

J. Detergent plus bleach

K. Detergent plus all-fabric bleach

L. Woolite Detergent


M. Dryer - hot

N. Dryer - permanent press

O. Dryer - cool/air cycle

P. Lay flat to dry

Q. Hang to dry


White Cotton Shirt Brown Sweater Nylons

1. 1. 1.

2. 2. 2.

3. 3. 3.

4. 4. 4.

Blue Jeans Sweatpants Sheets/pillow cases

1. 1. 1.

2. 2. 2.

3. 3. 3.

4. 4. 4.

Socks/Underwear Winter Jacket Blankets/ quilts

1. 1. 1.

2. 2. 2.

3. 3. 3.

4. 4. 4.

Colored T-shirts Best dress/suit Red/white striped sweater

1. 1. 1.

2. 2. 2.

3. 3. 3.

4. 4. 4.


A wool blazer

Dry Clean Only

_____ Mary took her blazer to the dry-cleaners to be dry-cleaned and pressed.

_____ Owen put his blazer in a coin-operated dry-cleaning machine.

_____ Ginny washed and dried her blazer at the Laundromat.

A shirt

Machine wash Warm, Tumble Dry, Remove Promptly

_____ Martha washed her shirt. Then it sat in the dryer for thirty minutes after it had stopped.

_____ Harry had his shirt dry- cleaned.

_____ John washed his shirt in warm water. Then he put it in the dryer.

A raincoat

Machine wash in warm water. Do not dry clean. Drip or tumble dry low.

_____ Larry washed his raincoat in the washer. He used warm water and regular detergent.

_____ Mike’s coat had a dirt spot, so he put it in a coin-operated dry-cleaning machine.

Remove spots by sponging spot with denatured alcohol. Immediately rinse in clean

_____ Jill dried her coat in the dryer at high heat.

_____ George rubbed denatured alcohol into a stain on water his coat. Then he rinsed the coat and hung it up

to drip dry.

Clothing Care

The difference was that Fred knew how to take care of his clothes, Bob didn’t.

1. Hang up or fold clothes after wearing. Avoid overcrowding clothes in a closet. They’ll get wrinkled and out of shape.

2. Remove any spots or stains right away. If a stain ‘sets’, it will be hard or impossible to get out.

3. Never iron clothes with stains. The heat may ‘set’ the stain.

4. Wash clothes in the correct wash cycle and water temperature. Use the correct type of soap or detergent.

5. Rips, holes or loose buttons should be mended right away.

6. Brush dry-cleanable clothes after wearing to get rid of lint and dust. Have them cleaned before they look too dirty, or they may not come clean.

7. Store woolens in mothballs during the summer.

8. Protect your clothes as you wear them. Napkins, aprons, raincoats, and overalls serve as protectors for your clothes.

Directions: Complete each sentence using the information above.

1. In summer store woolens in _____________________

2. A stain will be hard to get out if it _________________

3. Brush dry-cleanable clothes to get rid of ______________

4. Napkins or coveralls are both clothes _______________________

5. Hang up or fold clothes after ________________________

6. Wash clothes using the correct soap and wash ______________

7. Wash clothes in the correct water ______________________

8. You could set a stain with the heat of an ______________________

9. In a closet, clothes can wrinkle from _____________________________

10. Rips, tears or loose buttons should be __________________________