Halloween is a time for fun and festivities, but it can also be a time for cleaning up after the holiday. If you have kids, chances are they came home from trick or treating with costumes covered in candy and chocolate. And if you’re like most people, your costume probably isn’t machine-washable. To give you a hand, we’re here with tips on how to clean Halloween costumes, wigs, and accessories without ruining them!
Here’s How to Clean Halloween Costumes
Trying to save your Halloween costumes after the day is over can be a real chore, but it can be worth it when you have them for playthings or costumes for the next year. Let’s go through the best tips on how to clean Halloween costumes.
Cleaning Non-Washable Costumes
First, you’ll want to check to see if the costume is machine washable. Many are not, especially if they’re made of delicate materials like sequins or feathers. If the care label says “dry clean only,” don’t even think about putting it in the washing machine!
If the costume is not washable, follow these steps:
Step 1: The first step is to spot-clean it. You’ll want to start by carefully pulling off any chunks of candy or chocolate. If there’s any mud or dirt on the costume, try to wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Step 2: Once you’ve spot-cleaned the costume, fill a sink with cold water and add a little bit of mild detergent. Gently spin the costume around in the water and let it soak for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: After soaking, gently squeeze the water out of the costume and rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear.
Step 4: Hang the costume up in a cool place sunlight or heat, as this can damage the material.
Cleaning Machine Washable Costumes
If your child’s costume is machine-washable, you’re in luck! Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Start by removing any candy or chocolate from the costume. Be sure to check pockets, as kids often leave some behind.
Step 2: Add the clothes to the washer with cold water and a mellow detergent. You will want to wash them on a delicate cycle since most costume fabrics are easy to damage.
Step 3: Hang the costume up in a cool, dry place, or for some more durable costumes you can dry on very low, gentle settings in a dryer.
Cleaning Halloween Wigs
Whether your wig is made of real hair or synthetic fibers, it’s important to clean it after wearing it on Halloween. Otherwise, sweat, oil, and other products in your hair can damage the wig.
Step 1: Start by gently removing any tangles from the wig with a wide-tooth comb. If the wig is particularly tangled, you can try spraying it with a detangling spray before combing.
Step 2: Fill a sink with cold water and add a little bit of detergent. Gently swish the wig around in the water and let it soak for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: After soaking, gently squeeze the water out of the wig and rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear.
Step 4: Hang the wig up to dry in a cool, dry place away from direct sun.
That’s it! With these tips, you should know how to clean Halloween costumes, wigs, and accessories without any problems. If you’re having issues with your washer remember you can always call the washer repair team at Sharper Service Solutions. Happy Halloween!