How should you wash second-hand clothes?

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How should you wash second-hand clothes?

Washing second-hand (brand) clothing can sometimes require a little extra time and attention, but it is worth it. First of all, it is hygienic. After all, you do not know in what circumstances or by whom the clothing has been worn before you buy it. You also do not know where the clothing has been in the meantime, it may have been in a container or on the ground.

Washing the clothes removes any bacteria and odors that may be on them. In addition, washing is sometimes necessary to remove any stains or dirt - although in a thrift or second-hand store you can assume that this has been selected.

When washing second-hand designer clothing, it is important to pay attention to a number of things. For example, it is of course wise to check the labels present and to follow the washing instructions. For example, some designer clothes cannot be washed in the washing machine or only at a low temperature. It is also advisable to wash clothes with lighter colors and delicate fabrics such as silk or wool separately, so that they do not discolor or damage them.

If there are specific stains in a garment, it is useful to treat them before washing. Do not use aggressive agents, but try it first with a little ox gall soap or washing-up liquid.

A real eye-opener for me: you can usually NOT wash clothes with artificial leather details! Even if it's just an edge or a small finish, if you wash this material, the top layer will peel off and you can throw the garment away.

It is also important to use the right detergents. For example, do not use detergents with bleach on white clothes, as this can change the color. If you are sensitive to fragrances in detergents, choose hypoallergenic or fragrance-free detergents.

After washing, it is equally essential to dry the clothes properly. Hang fine fabrics such as silk or cotton preferably inside out on a drying rack or clothes hanger and let woolen clothes air dry (lying down). Never use a hair dryer to dry clothes as this can damage the fabric.

Ironing is sometimes also necessary, but be careful with sensitive fabrics, because you can't get the imprint of the iron out of course!

Washing second-hand (brand) clothing can therefore require some extra time and attention, but it is certainly worth it. Not only do you have a unique piece of clothing, but it is also cheaper than buying it new. Moreover, buying second-hand clothing, including designer clothing, is also better for the environment. So if you're looking for a sustainable and affordable way to get hold of designer clothes, second-hand is definitely a good option.

At Girl With The Pearls, garments are washed and ironed before they are sent to you. Of course only if this is possible according to the washing label. Otherwise they will be steamed or otherwise refreshed so that they are ready for another round!

 

In addition, it is also important not to wash the rest of your clothing too often, because this causes unnecessary wear and tear. Use a piece of clothing several times and hang it outside for a while in between wearing that can save you a wash!

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