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40sClassic
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I quarantine mines, but I consider myself a clean freak, borderline ocd. Not only do I keep them sealed tight in a large plastic bag for two weeks, I then wash them in vinegar(smell). Dry them for an hour at the hottest temp then take them to the dry cleaners, I know that is a bit much but like I said OCD.
What are your thoughts on cleaning thrifted finds?

posted over 3 years ago
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coldlight
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I usually do, especially if the clothes are old/vintage and they are more likely to have that “op shop” smell :P However sometimes I don’t wash them, like if I want to wear the clothes straight away or if the clothes still have tags on them or if they look/smell clean and new. I usually only need to wash them once and they’re fine.

posted over 3 years ago
 
reklawysdnil
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reklawysdnil
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Your method sounds like the only way to be sure. I don’t really worry about it too much but I do put thrifted clothes in the laundry before I wear them.

posted over 3 years ago
 
PrincessTaniaxD
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PrincessTaniaxD
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definitely! i always wash things from the thrift store..
you never know if the people who wore those things before washed it

posted over 3 years ago
 
kittenhood
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kittenhood
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I usually wash them, but it depends on where I got them, as I really trust some shops! I clean them like I do will all clothes, they don’t get special treatment.

As for purses, I use hand-cream to freshen up leather ones. I wish there were a good system for shoes!

posted over 3 years ago
 
carizzachua
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carizzachua
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i sometimes boil them in hot water before washing, especially if the fabric is thick

posted over 3 years ago
 
AnindhitaRustiyan
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I thrifted from my aunt closet, she always washed her clothes at laundry and keep them in their plastic if she don’t want to wear, so when I get her clothes, it’s still like fresh from the laundry ;p

posted over 3 years ago
 
teribi
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teribi
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i think there’s no problem with that… of course you’ll never know if it’s already cleaned properly or not… and as long as it doesn’t fade out or shrink your clothes, like i said it’s not a problem… for hygienic purposes..

posted over 3 years ago
 
MymyMode
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MymyMode
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of course its better to wash them..u never know..

posted over 3 years ago
 
EvaLavender
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EvaLavender
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Not usually… lol. I probably should, but I usually just assume the people who donated them/sold them to the thrift store washed them. If they smell weird though, I always wash.

posted over 3 years ago
 
PaigeBaker
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PaigeBaker
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Nope I work at a resale store too :) eww Now tht i THINK ABOUT IT… I should really wash it before I wear it :) …

posted over 3 years ago
 
TeaGran
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TeaGran
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depends on what it is, what thrift store they were purchased at and how smelly it is. I don’t tend to be overly ocd about my washing of them though.

posted over 3 years ago
 
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I think washing them is very important. but sealing them in an air tight bag is probably not necessary. Vineger is a good way to wash the clothing.

posted over 3 years ago
 
Jessymen
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I like to wash them a couple of times before wearing, but I don’t keep them in a baggie or anything.

posted over 3 years ago
 
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Buying clothes from the thrift store is no different than any retail store. Someone has tried it on before you. If it looks like it needs to be washed before I wear it, then I wash it. :-)

posted over 3 years ago
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