The right way to hang clothes on a hanger

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The right way to hang clothes on a hanger
Wooden hangers are the best option when hanging your clothes. (hanger image by AGphotographer from

While hanging your clothes is an effective way to prevent wrinkles that usually occur from folding, improper hanging practices can stretch the shoulders of your clothing or even lead to tearing if given enough time to sit. Therefore, if you want to make your clothing last longer and retain its correct shape, take the time to hang your clothes properly so that they can continue serve their purpose for years to come.

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Things you need

  • Hangers
  • Clothing

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    Sort through your hangers and dispose of any wire hangers you find. Wire hangers are too stiff and thin to properly hold your clothing without creasing and stretching it. Switch to wooden hangers that have a gentle curve at the shoulders that matches your own shoulders' gentle slope or skirt hangers that have clips to hold clothing.

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    Grab your lightweight shirts by the collar and slide one side of the hanger through the neck hole if the neck is large enough. Slide the other side of the hanger in next.

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    Push the hanger up through the bottom of the shirt if the neck of your shirt is too small to slip the hanger through. Reach your hand into the neck of the shirt and pull the hook of the hanger the rest of the way through the neck.

  4. 4

    Lay button-up shirts or jackets down with the button side up without connecting any of the buttons. Set the hanger inside the shirt. Pull the neck of the shirt or jacket closed over the hanger and connect the topmost button to make it hang more securely.

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    Straighten the shirt or jacket so that the topmost part of the shoulder rests at the crest of the hanger. Shake the hanger and the shirt quickly to help even out all the wrinkles.

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    Fold your trousers in half lengthwise and then once again width-wise. Slip one side of the folded trousers through the hole of a hanger until the trousers hang from equal lengths at both sides of the hanger. Only hang lightweight trousers, as heavyweight trousers may stretch out.

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    Hang your skirts by fastening the metal clips of a skirt hanger around the top of the skirt. Flatten out the top of the skirt before you hang it so that it does not wrinkle between the clips.

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    Hang dresses in the same way you would hang a shirt unless they are spaghetti straps. For spaghetti-strap dresses, hang each strap on either side of the hanger. Side the thin straps into any hooks or dents that the hanger may have to hold them securely.

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    Hook the top of your hanger over the rack in your closet. Smooth the fabric so that your clothing does not wrinkle.

Tips and warnings

  • Plastic and padded hangers are also acceptable for hanging your clothing.
  • Avoid hanging trousers or heavy shirts from hangers because they will stretch out. Unlike most light shirts, the fabric on sweaters and trousers is so heavy that it will severely weigh down on the hanger, making it more likely that a crease will appear.

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