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Revitalising dull clothes: How to make old or well-worn clothes look bright like new

Have your clothes seen better days? This article is full of tips and advice on how to revitalise your wardrobe & get old clothes looking new & stylish again.

Key Steps:

  • Customise old clothes by sewing on new buttons, or dyeing faded material.
  • Take steps to prevent damage while washing in the machine.
  • Read the detergent instructions to ensure you are using the correct dose.

Unless you can afford to buy brand-new clothes on a regular basis, the key to looking stylish is to know how to make the most of what you’ve already got. So, from bargain hunting tips to laundry care advice, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on revitalising your wardrobe.

How to Make Old Clothes Look New

  • Hunt for a Bargain

You don’t always have to shop in high-end or fancy boutiques to find quality clothes. In the hustle and bustle of the bazaar, you are likely to come across some brilliant bargains. The best tip is to look for material that is easy to clean – it’s guaranteed to last wash after wash, and you won’t have to worry about taking items to get professionally dry cleaned.

  • Customise Old Clothes

Similarly, while street shopping, don’t be afraid to haggle for a better price! If the idea of wearing old clothes doesn’t appeal, you can easily customise items with new buttons, fabric, or even dye.

What’s more, using a laundry detergent like Rin Refresh means your clothes will be infused with a wonderful fragrance after just a single cycle.

Revitalise Your Clothes in the Wash

If you’re wondering how to make old clothes look new again – luckily, there are things you can do to help salvage your old favourites!

First, consider the type of laundry detergent you are using. For white clothes, a brightening product like Rin Fabric Whitener is ideal – it is specially formulated to lighten as well as clean, meaning it’s great for items that have started to look yellow or especially dull over time. Likewise, Rin Powder is designed to remove dirt from deep within the fibre to remove dullness and keep clothes bright like new. (Remember to read the label to find out the correct dosage to use.) If you are washing in a semi-automatic or top load washing machine, try Rin Matic – specially designed to remove tough dirt stains, it’s Deep Action Agents will help you get the same results from your machine as hand washing.

As well as washing with a brightening detergent, there are lots of ways you can keep your clothes in new like condition wash after wash. Here are some tips to remember while doing the laundry!

  • Use a mesh bag or pillowcase. Washing underwear or delicate material such as silk or lace in a tied pillowcase will help to protect them from being damaged in the machine.
  • Wash inside out. Turning jeans or knitted sweaters and jackets inside out also help to maintain their condition and is also useful if you’re worried about colour running on new clothes.
  • Do up zips and buttons. Buttons can easily fall off and zips can snag other material – so fastening them means everything will stay in shape and free from damage!
  • Avoid the drying cycle. Drying in the washing machine is convenient, but it can often overwork, stretch out material, and even fade clothes. If you can, hang everything outside to prevent this problem.
  • Use fabric softener. Using a conditioner in the wash is a great way to keep clothes soft to touch – just remember to avoid using it on items that are designed to be absorbent. Always read the care label of your garment first before using fabric conditioner to make sure it’s suitable for the fabric.
  • Use the correct amount of detergent. Many people make the mistake of thinking more detergent will make clothes cleaner, but it can actually damage them! Remember to check the dosing guidelines, and put in no more than described. 

So there you have it – just a few ways you can ensure your clothes stay in better condition for longer. For more advice on how to wash clothes, check out the rest of our laundry articles!

Top Tip


Use a brightening detergent like Rin Powder in the wash. It is specially formulated with Bright Clean Technology to remove dirt from deep within the fibre to remove dullness and keep clothes bright like new. Just follow the dosing advice on the label for the best results.