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How to Clean & Care for Second Hand Thrift Store Clothes

We’ve put together a guide on how to refresh clothing bought from second-hand stores thanks to the unique formula of Skip Anti-Ageing washing detergent.


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How to Clean & Care for Second Hand Thrift Store Clothes

Thrifting is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to shop. Do you love shopping at thrift stores but hate the idea of spending hours cleaning these old items? Well, we have some good news. Skip is here to help you turn your thrifty purchases – that might be a little dusty and musty – into items that almost look brand new.

Why use Skip on Thrifted Clothing?

When you think of thrift clothing, there is one thing you can be certain of, the items have been pretty well-worn, right? Skip washing detergent uses Fibre Care Technology which protects your clothing against the damage caused by washing and wearing clothing. So even if your thrift store purchase has been worn and washed over and over again, when you take it home and wash it with Skip, it will revitalise the pre-loved clothes and give them a new lease on life.

Skip is ideal for getting thrift store clothes clean and looking almost new thanks to the fact that it helps to fight the five signs of clothes ageing, namely:

  • It maintains the clothing’s original colour

  • Keeps the whiteness of white clothing

  • Removes bobbles from old clothing

  • Prevents roughness on clothing

  • Penetrates into the fabric fibres to remove stains

How to Wash Thrift Store Clothing with Skip

You’ve had a successful day out at the second-hand shops, and you’ve bought some wonderful, thrifted outfits at greatly discounted prices. Now it’s time to take them home and get them cleaned and looking newer for longer. Here’s how:

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Know Your Clothing Care Labels

Especially when it comes to thrifted items, which can often be made of fabrics that need to be washed in a very specific way, make sure you read the washing care labels of each item. For those that can be washed in the washing machine, keep them aside. Anything that needs to be hand washed or dry-cleaned, keep to one side too.

Divide Your Colours

For those items that can be washing machine washed or hand washed, make sure to separate them into like colours. Keep whites together, dark colours together and brights together. This will prevent colour bleeding and potential staining too.

Use Skip as Directed

Don’t be tempted to chuck in more detergent than you should, just because the items are a little old and dusty. Always follow the Skip usage instructions for the amount of detergent per load size.

Use a Good Fabric Conditioner Too

Always use a good fabric conditioner alongside your Skip washing detergent for clothing that will come out soft and less static.

Thrifting is a great way to shop in an environmentally sustainable way and Skip can help to breathe life back into previously loved items that have been around for years and witnessed many special events. If only clothes could talk, eh?

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1. How to deodorise thrift store clothing?

Start by washing your thrift store clothing with Skip Anti-Ageing washing detergent. It will keep your clothes looking vibrantly beautiful for longer thanks to the Fibre Care Technology in the new formulation.

2. How do you wash clothes after thrifting?

Separate your items into clothing that can be machine washed or hand washed and those that need dry cleaning. Use Skip in your washing machine (one capful per load) and always remember to wash like colours together. Use a good quality fabric conditioner in your washing cycle too.

3. Do you need to wash second-hand clothes?

Even though most thrift stores will air out the clothing they sell (and sometimes wash them first) it’s not always guaranteed. We recommend giving all your thrift store purchases a wash first with Skip before you wear them.

4. How can I make my second-hand clothes look new?

Make second-hand clothes look newer for longer with Skip. Skip’s anti-ageing properties protects your clothes from the five signs of ageing which includes maintaining colour, maintaining whiteness, removing bobbles, preventing roughness and removing stains.

5. How do you rejuvenate old clothes?

Giving the thrift store clothing that can be washed in the machine, a good old wash with Skip detergent will help to rejuvenate them. The more you wash and care for your second-hand items, the more they will brighten up and become vibrantly beautiful once again.

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