November 6, 2009
As a general rule of thumb, I hand wash all vintage clothing. Sometimes you can get away with throwing things in the washing machine (after all they did have washing machines as far back as the late 1900s...) but you can never be too careful with your lovely vintage clothes!

Tips on Washing Vintage Clothing

1.] Use WARM water for natural fabrics (such as cotton)

2.] Use COLD water for synthetic fabrics (such as polyester)

3.] Polyester (and poly blend) clothes look better if they are hung to dry. I don't really know why, they just do from my experience.

4.] Make sure the sink is clean before you wash your clothes in it! (I know, this seems obvious...)

5.] COLD water will keep colors from bleeding (if the fabric is colorfast).

6.] Only wash one garment at a time. Even if the colors are similar. It's better to be safe than sorry.

7.] Dissolve detergent in warm/hot water first, then add to your rinse water.

8.] Don't agitate the fabric too much (or at all if you can help it). Usually I sort of just pat and carefully "knead" (sorry, I can't think of a better way to describe it) the fabric. For dresses I will try to flatten it in the tub and gently "pat" the detergent in. If it's a sturdier fabric, I agitate the fabric just a bit.

9.] Rinse vintage garments in cool water. Make sure to rinse them well. You don't want any detergent residue!

10.] If in doubt LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS. I am by no means a professional washer/restorer of vintage clothing, so the more delicate items I let air out instead of risking damaging it forever.

---- More tips on washing and caring for your vintage soon!

Image source: Laundry by Nudonudo


  1. Hello!
    Please could you give me an invitation for the fashion spot? :)
    I follow the thread of alexa chung for a long time and i like post comments
    sorry if you don't understand, i am french..
    i saw alexa yesterday in the concert of arctic monkeys in Paris!
    thank you!

  2. Thank you for your tips and vintage guides! I really like them and they're very useful :-)

  3. I love love love love your vintage tips! They're always so incredibly informative and useful.



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