Thrift stores kind of make me itch but it’s nothing that a little Benadryl can’t solve.
Thrifting is a great way to find unique and stylish pieces without ditching out a ton of cash. The downside though? The cat lady stench that is usually embedded into the noticeably rough fabric.When I first started thrifting, I had no idea how to get rid of it of the smell or make the clothes feel soft to touch. I’ve now found a method that has yet to fail me.
I recently went thrifting at Housing Works Buy the Bag thrift and I got a ton of dope stuff for $25 (you should definitely read about this AMAZING thrifting experience). The first thing I did after thrifting was treat my thrifted clothing with this foolproof method.
What you will need:
A spray bottle
Mesh Laundry Bag (optional)
A bag or open space
Patience (but, really)
After carefully inspecting the items to see if they are even worth cleaning up, spray your clothes with white vinegar. I like to spray the vinegar vigorously all over the clothing and let it hang up in an open space or in a bag.
White Vinegar helps to get rid of the cat lady stench, acts as a disinfectant and softeners with the fabric
Let the clothes sit overnight for best results
Wash the clothes based on the recommendations given on the tags of the items. If you suspect that the items are made of gentle fabric, wash them in a mesh laundry bag on the gentle cycle option. You can use whatever laundry detergent you prefer but be sure to use a liquid fabric softener/conditioner as well. My fabric softener of choice is Suavitel. It smells AMAZING, really softens your clothes and is really cheap.
FYI, if you think the thrifted clothes need to be disinfected a bit more, wash with hot water if you don’t think it would be damaging to the clothes.
DRY TIME! You may either want to put the dryer on low or on high for a short period of time (trust me, I shrunk a wool scarf by not doing this). Use dryer sheets for this for the same reasons as the liquid fabric softener. Suavitel also has some AMAZING dryer sheets for the low and your clothes will smell amazing…FOREVA
I totally get how that thrift store smell can turn you off from thrifting entirely. However, spending a few dollars at your local dollar store can totally avoid that problem. Happy Thrifting!