Real Simpleanswers your questions.

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
Clothes hanging on a rack
Credit: Bob Hiemstra

Q. Is there a correct way to hang clothes?

A. Having the right hangers is vital to the longevity and maintenance of your garments. To prevent bumps in the shoulders of your clothes, use only plastic, padded, or wooden hangers. “Hangers made from wood are very kind to all types of fabrics, including knits and wool,” says Regina Leeds, author of One Year to an Organized Life ($17, And avoid using wire hangers that you accumulate from the dry cleaner. They cause lines or dimples in your clothing and can leave black marks on light-colored garments. To keep a garment on its hanger, stick a felt circle on each side of the hanger. It will keep any slippery top, such as those with spaghetti straps, from sliding off the edges.

Ask a Question

Got a practical dilemma? Submit your question.

Your submission to, including contact information, gives us the right to modify, use, distribute, reproduce, publish and display the submission indefinitely in all media, means, and forms without any payment to you. You hereby represent that you haven't copied the content from a book, magazine, newspaper, or other commercial source. Your submission to, and your use of the website are subject to Real Simple's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

(For questions about your subscription, please visit the Customer Service Help Desk.)