How To Wash Thrift Store Clothes

Learn how to wash thrift store clothes so they are fresh and ready to make a positive fashion statement. There are different methods you may need to use on your thrift store garments, depending on the care instructions on each garment. Bright, clean thrift store clothes provide unique accents to your look.

To wash thrift store clothing, you will need:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain treatment spray
  • A home dry cleaning kit
  1. Read the tag on the clothes. Find the washing instructions. Note whether the garment can be machine washed or should be dry cleaned. Note the proper water temperature. Note how to dry the item. Know whether it should be tumbled in the dryer or line dried. If there are no care instructions to be found on your thrift store pieces, use the home dry cleaning method in step two.
  2. If the clothes need to be dry cleaned, use home dry cleaning sheets. These can be used in your home dryer. Put one to four pieces of clothing in the special bag. Make sure the items can move freely within the bag. Put the special cloth in the bag along with the clothes. Close the bag and dry on high heat for 30 minutes. Hang the finished clothes immediately.
  3. Before washing machine washable thrift store clothes, inspect them for stains. Spray stain treatment on any spots you may find. Spray the underarms and around the inside of shirt collars whether you see stains there or not. Let sit for at least fifteen minutes before washing.
  4. If the clothing is delicate, or needs to be hand washed, do this in your washing machine. Use a quarter cup of detergent, a half cup of white vinegar, cold water and the delicate setting on the washing machine. Shape and dry your thrift store clothes flat on a drying screen. The white vinegar will help get rid of any musty odors in the clothing.
  5. For regular machine wash clothing, use regular detergent. Add one cup of white vinegar. Use the recommended water temperature. Dry as directed.
  6. Iron any clothes that are wrinkled. Double check the tag to see if you can use an iron or not. Start with a cool setting on the iron, to make sure you don’t damage the fabric. Raise the setting until the wrinkles start coming out.
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