The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Clean Up Your Winter Wardrobe


SweatersFreshen Your Winter Wear! Depending on how winter clothes were stored, they can resurface with wrinkles or even a musty smell. Read on for tips on freshening up clothes so you can look your best this winter.

Get Rid of That Musty Smell: After taking clothes out of storage, wash them in hot water or take them to the dry cleaner before wearing them. You can also tackle stubborn musty smells by adding white vinegar, borax, or baking soda while washing.

Remove Wrinkles: Ironing clothes before putting them in storage can make stains set and lead to damage. Remove those wrinkles by ironing clothes after cleaning them, or by steaming clothes by hanging them in the bathroom for a few minutes while running a hot shower.

Bring Your Down Back to Life: Down coats (and comforters) are often wrinkled and flattened after months in storage. Fluff up your down by tossing it in the dryer with a few tennis balls.

Plan Ahead for Next Year: Set yourself up for success by thoroughly cleaning all items before storing. Store clothes in a cool, dark, dry, well-ventilated area. Good choices include a cool closet, an airtight chest, or an under-the-bed cardboard box. Avoid plastic bags or bins, as they can trap air and moisture, creating a damp, unsuitable atmosphere.