Stop Storing Clothes in Plastic Dry Cleaning Bags (and Use This Alternative Instead)
When you pick up items of clothing from the dry cleaner, they typically come in thin, clear, plastic garment bags. It would be a good idea to just put the clothes in the bag once you have them home. These are clothing pieces that you are paying someone to clean.
But this is not true. Plastic dry cleaner bags can cause permanent damage to your clothing. Here are some tips for safely storing your clothes.
Dry cleaners put your clothes in those clear, plastic bags as a way to protect them from the elements and prevent them from getting dirty or damaged on their way back to your home. These bags were not meant to be used for permanent storage.
This is because your clothes need to breathe, and–as you know if you’ve ever worn anything made of vinyl–plastic does not breathe. Plastic bags can make it difficult for clothes to release any dry cleaning chemicals odors that they have absorbed.
Plus, the plastic garment bags trap humidity, which, if left long enough, could result in mildew, which then could weaken the fibers of the fabric. It could also cause yellowing in the garment, which may happen if moisture comes in contact with one of the chemical used to manufacture the plastic bag.
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If you have special articles of clothing that you want to preserve and protect, your best bet is to use cotton garment bags with zippers. Cotton allows clothes to breathe while keeping moths and dust away.
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