Even if you no longer love the items in your closet, it’s important to keep them looking nice if you’re going to consign them later. We require that every item brought to us be in good condition. To ensure the quality of your clothes, try out a few of these practices:
1. Air dry - Tumbling can beat up your clothing & wear it out faster. Try draping your clothing over a drying rack. (This is also great for preventing shrinkage!)
2. Wash similar fabrics together - Texture matters! Imagine the effect jean rubbing on lace might have, or corduroy on anything that isn’t corduroy. Oh boy. Try using a delicates bag with clothing of different textures or stick with the ‘separate loads’ method that works so well with colors.
3. Lay flat to dry - While clothing racks work really well with certain types of clothing, others can lose their shape when they’re weighted down. Even if it takes a little longer, this drying method will keep your clothing in their best form.
4. Baking soda & vinegar - You have them tucked into your pantry anyways, why not give them another job? Go natural by using baking soda to bleach your clothing and vinegar to keep them soft.
5. Flip denim & go cold - We all notice when the ink from our jeans leaks onto other pieces of clothing… Try flipping your jeans inside-out and flipping the temperature of the water to COLD. These steps will prevent any fading from your jeans and keep everything else safe.
6. Waterproof (snowproof) your items - Suede spray & leather spray are your best friends. Make sure your items have a protective layer from the rain & (especially in Michigan) the snow.
7. Don’t jam the washer - If you’re the person who waits until their laundry basket is overflowing, you might have to take on a little patience for the sake of your clothes. Clothing needs to be able to move around without being pressed together, which may require a few loads!
8. Use the right hangers - Padded hangers are best for delicate/lightweight clothing, while wood hangers work for heavier pieces. The #1 thing to avoid are wire hangers in order to keep your clothing in the best condition.
9. Treat stains immediately - They’re unappealing to the eyes. One small stain can sit there and glare at you. To keep a fresh look, consider carrying around a to-go stain remover or treat the stain as soon as you are able to!
10. Using aluminum-free deodorant - Did you know those ominous pit stains on your shirts are actually from the aluminum in your deodorant? Next time you’re at the store opt for a natural, aluminum-free deodorant.