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Spring Gleaming: How to Get Your Closet Ready for Warm Weather

Spring Gleaming BY liz 04/06/2018

 

The birds are chirping, tiny buds are coming out, and it’s time to...finally deal with all the musty, dusty things in your house. This week, we’re getting work on your wardrobe, thanks to two true experts: Gwen Whiting, co-founder of the very lovely line of cleaning products The Laundress, and knitwear designer Marcia Patmos. Here are their top tips to properly pack away your woolens and why you definitely should not throw on your swimsuit after it’s been at the bottom of your drawer for six months.

 

WASH BEFORE YOU FOLD

Gwen: “Wash everything before storing. Trust us! This will prevent mystery stains, yellowing, and bug invasions caused by dirt, body oil, and anything else left behind. Mites and moths are attracted to food sources like perfumes, crumbs, or food residue, so even if something doesn’t look dirty, you should err on the side of caution and just go ahead and clean it.”

Marcia:  “If you think a piece might be contaminated with moths or bugs, place it immediately into the freezer. The cold will kill any larvae. You can also bring it to an (organic) dry cleaner. For cleaning, Seventh Generation—and honestly pretty much any detergent you buy at the health-food store—will be gentle enough and safe to use. Read the instructions and always air dry.

 

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CHOOSE STORAGE WISELY

Gwen: “Store items in breathable fabric storage bags. Knits and woven items are best stored folded while suits, jackets, dresses, and items with structure are best hung. Pack clothing and textiles in a breathable fabric like cotton or linen with a zipper closure. Never store in plastic or cardboard! These options may look tidy, but they increase the likelihood of yellowing and discoloration and also attract critters. Never store anything in a damp attic or basement.”

 

STAY AWAY FROM CEDAR

Gwen: “We highly discourage the use of mothballs and cedar chips as these can cause stains, and the odor is impossible to remove!”

 

REFRESH BEFORE YOU WEAR

Gwen: “Rejuvenate fabrics post-storage and remove wrinkles with a good steam. To tackle yellowing on cotton, linen, and durable synthetics, presoak in a basin of hot water and use our All-Purpose Bleach Alternative or another oxygenated cleaning before laundering as normal. To treat yellowing on delicates and silks, presoak using warm water and white vinegar before laundering with a delicate wash. Vinegar is also great for removing odors! Bathing suits should be washed before wearing in warm water with a delicate detergent and then laid flat to dry.”


Marcia: “For anything that’s snagged, ripped, or moth-eaten, there’s a place in New York called French-American Reweavers, and they can fix absolutely anything.”

 

 

SORT AS YOU GO

Gwen: “There is no better time to purge and declutter the closet than with seasonal wardrobe swaps. As you are packing and unpacking clothing, take stock. If you didn’t wear an item all season, consider donating it.”

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