When it comes to Halloween, one of the highlights is dressing up. At the same time, most people who purchase store-bought Halloween costumes do not expect them to last a long time. On the other hand, if you who would like to wear your costume next year or pass it down to their children or grandchildren should make sure you clean your Halloween costume appropriately.

Costumes with Beads and Sequins

For those who are wearing costumes with added props such as beads or sequins, this is something that has to be hand-washed. In order to watch this costume properly, fill a sink or plastic tub with cold water. Then, add a little bit of gentle detergent and fabric softener. Turn the costume inside out to protect the props. Then, knead the costume by hand for a minute and rinse it with cold water to ensure all of the detergent and fabric softener has been removed. Let the costume air-dry.

Polyester and Nylon Costumes

For those who have polyester or nylon costumes, these are safe to wash in a machine. Just make sure to use a cold water setting. For costumes that contain white, it might be a good idea to add a little bit of bleach to the wash. Always hang these costumes and let them air-dry.

Store the Costumes Appropriately

Always store these costumes in a cool, dry place. It is a good idea to place them in a sealed container with some mothballs to keep them fresh and to prevent mold from growing.


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