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Fabric Care: How to Wash Those Tricky Costumes

Cute costumes are most certainly a treat before Halloween, but a trick after. From sticky sweets to mysterious mud stains, they can get pretty messy in just one day of fun. But they shouldn’t be delegated to just one day per year. So we’ll show you exactly how to wash your kids’ costumes so that your little ones can dress up as their favorite characters again and again.

 

Most kids’ costumes are made of polyester, lycra, (or a combination of the two) which should be washed in the washing machine and by hand, respectively. Of course, you should always check your fabric care labels before washing so those adorable costumes stay as good as new for years to come!

 

Washing Instructions for Polyester

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  1. Machine wash in permanent press cycle with warm water and enzyme free Dropps Detergent that is gentle on the costume’s fibers. If you are only washing one or two items, Dropps Minis are the perfect amount of detergent and leave no mess behind!
  2. Optional Step: Sometimes those costumes can be just a little bit itchy. And for children’s sensitive skin, that’s a big no-no! Try dropping a Fabric Softener Pac into the wash with your garments to unstiffen those harsh fabrics naturally.
  3. Once the cycle has ended, we recommend letting your costume air dry—heat can be damaging to those delicate materials—and enjoy the soft and super clean costume!

 

Washing Instructions for Lycra or Spandex

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  1. Fill a basin or sink with cool water and drop in a Dropps Mini Detergent Pac. Allow the detergent pac to dissolve fully, and then swish the water around until the detergent is completely mixed in.
  2. Place your costume into the solution, and gently knead it. Don’t wring the garment because the fabric is more delicate and prone to stretching when wet.
  3. Optional Step: Sometimes those costumes can be just a little bit itchy. And for children’s sensitive skin, that’s a big no-no! Try dropping a Fabric Softener Pac into the wash with your garments to unstiffen those harsh fabrics naturally.
  4. Rinse the costume thoroughly until it is completely clear of detergent.
  5. Once you remove the garment from the water, gently squeeze—again, don’t wring—the excess water out.
  6. Always let the costume air dry fully before putting back in the closet…or back on the little one for those that can’t get enough of the fun holiday!

 

Head over to our Fabric Care Guide or Stain Removal Guide for more tips & tricks!

 

Happy Washing!

 

 

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