Taking Care of Your Goodwill Purchases

480716257You can discover great items at your local Goodwill but like all items, they need to be cleaned and cared for. Loose buttons, musty items, silk tops just need a little tender loving care and they will become treasured jewels in your wardrobe. Here are a few tips for taking care of your fabulous yet fragile finds.

The Odor Eater Cocktail

Getting weird odors out of clothing can be very puzzling. First step, air it out, a lot of clothing has been stored away with no circulation. If you hang it outdoors for a few days, that decreases the scent. Next step, create an odor eating cocktail by mixing one part vodka to two parts water in a spray bottle and spray the inner part of the item. Let the item sit for a day and follow it up with a nice steaming either with a handheld steamer that has a spoon of baking soda or handing in the bathroom and steaming for ten minutes. Odors will be gone.

Silks Need a Soft Touch

Clothing made from silks or cashmere are defined as delicate and they need to be handled as such. When you wash a silk or cashmere item in the washing machine, we create havoc on the natural oils found in delicate. Baby shampoo is the best cleanser the next time you hand wash your intimates. Just a capful in lukewarm water and gently wash your items followed by lying the item flat on a piece of cardboard, do not hang dry it.

No Wire Hangers

When you use wire hangers on your clothes it is like abusing a good friend. The only use for wire hangers is when you pick up from the dry cleaners. There would only be wooden hangers for your coats and velvet hangers for other clothing and not sweaters, sweaters should be folded and never ever hung, they lose their shape. Again, no wire hangers!

Bugs be Gone

Wools attract moths, and I hate the smell of mothballs and I don’t have cedar in my home so I use a trick that my Mother taught me. Lavender oil is a natural repellant of moths and lots of other pests. Use an old wash clothes and rub lavender on it and wipe down your closets and stuff it in the corner, it will keep most bugs away for quite some time.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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