Rhinestones add a nice touch to clothing. They make the clothes look elegant and sophisticated. Rhinestones are widely used to add sparkle to dance, figure skating and theatre costumes. However, in addition to being used in costumes, rhinestones can also find their way onto t-shirts, purses, accessories, dresses, skirts, jeans and sneakers. But, have you ever wondered how to properly care for clothes with rhinestones? If so, this article will solve any confusion you may have about caring for clothes that have rhinestones.
As you probably assumed, you can’t just dump clothes with rhinestones into the washing machine and expect them to come out looking exactly the same. Nonetheless, caring for clothes with rhinestones isn’t as difficult as you probably think it is. There are a few things you need to consider. First off, don’t toss clothes with rhinestones into a hot, steamy washer. The heat will cause the rhinestones to fall out, which can lead to an unpleasant afternoon of gluing them back to the clothes. Logically, the same rule applies to popping clothes in the dryer.
Instead of tossing your clothes with rhinestones in a hot washer, which will lead to a disaster, use cold water in the washing machine. Cold water is a lot gentler than hot water, which means it will spare the rhinestones from becoming unglued. The secret to preserving the rhinestones on clothes during cleaning is this: Just turn the top inside out and wash it with cool water. Also, you need to ensure that the washing machine is set to a gentle cycle.
Do not place clothes with rhinestones in a dryer because it will cause the rhinestones to fall out. Instead, you can air-dry the clothes on a clothes wire outside. If you don’t have a clothes wire, just let the shirt dry on a chair. If you must use a dryer, make sure it is set to the coolest temperature; the less heat the better.
Ironing isn’t off limits, but you can only do it if the shirt is turned inside-out. If you iron the rhinestones, they can become damaged. Also, you should set the iron to the lowest heat setting to avoid any problems with the rhinestones.
Sooner or later, a rhinestone will fall out of its place. When that occurs, don’t worry about it; just use fabric glue and stick it back on.
These tips are extremely helpful for caring for clothes with rhinestones.
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Buying custom clothing is an expensive proposition these days, whether the customization is in fit, material or personalization. Adding rhinestones to your clothes is an easy way to personalize your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Rhinestones are available online or from craft stores and can be applied in several ways. The two most popular ways are outlined here: hot fix rhinestones and flatbacks.
Flatback rhinestones are faceted on the front and feature a flat foil back. Use glue–similar to white liquid craft glue–to attach them securely to clothing.
Test the glue by applying a small drop to a scrap of fabric or a hidden seam of the clothing. Press the rhinestone into the glue; the glue spot must be just large enough to come up around the rhinestone edge to secure it once dry. If there’s too much glue, it will dull the sparkly effect of the rhinestones.
Allow the test rhinestone to set for 24 hours, then check to see if the stone is secure. If it’s not, opt for a stronger glue or specialty jewelry glue.
Sketch your design onto the garment with a soft pencil. Some prepackaged designs simply iron on if you’re wary of freehand drawing. Apply just enough glue to set as many stones as you can in 45 to 60 seconds; otherwise, the glue will start to dry and not hold the rhinestones securely.
Allow the garment to dry flat for at least 24 hours. Wait at least one week before washing, and wash by hand in cool water. Let air dry.
Heat fix rhinestones
Heat fix rhinestones–also known as hot fix rhinestones–are almost identical to flatbacks except their backs are coated with a thin film of glue that melts once heated with a special rhinestone heat gun.
Plug in the heat gun and wait for it to heat to the proper temperature–brands vary so pay attention to the specific instructions that come with your heat gun.
Press the tip of the gun onto the top of the rhinestone and wait a few seconds for the heat to melt the glue.
Press the rhinestone onto the garment and hold the heat gun in place for the indicated amount of time (as noted in its instructions).
As with flatbacks, allow the garment to dry flat for at least 24 hours. Wait at least one week before washing, and wash by hand in cool water. Let air dry.
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The 2014 Academy Awards are just four days away! But if this Awards Season has taken its toll on your sequin-adorned, rhinestone-studded, bejewelled and bedazzling party dresses, you’ll need a quick fix if you’re going to have them ready in time your Oscars party.
With a lot of embellished clothing, professional dry cleaning is the first port of call – just send it to LaundryRepublic, and our experienced team will take care of it for you!
But you could always try handwashing at home. Washing embellished clothing at home can seem daunting, particularly if your custom or designer clothing doesn’t come with detailed care labels.
Luckily, we at LaundryRepublic can walk you through how to wash your embellished dresses without losing all the beautiful detailing.
Firstly: make sure you know what you’re dealing with! Identify the material – some fabrics need to be dealt with a little differently. For example, if you’re dealing with a knit rather than woven fabric, make sure you don’t wring, stretch or hang-dry it – you’ll risk losing the shape. If you’re not sure about the material, check the label!
You’ll also want to check how the embellishments have been attached. Methods can include glue, sewing, rivets or pronged ring settings – often you can tell just by turning the garment inside out to see the stitching, settings or small glue dots that may not be visible on the outside of the garment. If the garment is lined, you can feel the reverse side through the lining with your fingers to determine what application method was used.
If glue has been used, be very careful not to use hot water for washing, as many adhesives can melt. With sewn embellishments, take particular care not to twist or wring the garment, as the tiny threads used to sew beads on could break, which could ruin the design!
The safest way to wash embellished dresses at home, even if they say they’re safe to machine wash, is by hand.
Wash the dress inside out in your kitchen sink, using warm water (remember, not too warm for knits!) and a small amount of mild liquid detergent. Another reason to avoid using hot water is that it can shrink your fabric or soften adhesives, and can ruin the finish on beads.
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Don’t soak for more than a few minutes – again, you don’t want to damage the finish on your beads. Gently knead and swirl the garment in the soapy sink water to remove light soiling. For larger garments, you may want to use a bathtub to make rinsing easier!
When your dress is clean, drain the water and press down on the garment with your hands to press most of the water out. There will still be a lot of water in it, but you can cut down the drying time by popping the washed garment into an empty washing machine and use the gentle spin cycle to remove excess water. Don’t do this with velvet, though – it can cause permanent creases in the pile.
Woven fabrics that won’t stretch can then by dried by hanging, somewhere dry or outdoors, away from direct sunlight. For knits and other stretchy materials, lay them out on a flat clean surface, out of direct sun.
If your dress feels a bit stiff after air drying, just put it in a pillowcase and fluff it quickly in the dryer – but make sure you use a low heat, and no more than 5 minutes!
Be very careful when ironing your embellished clothing, and make sure the iron never comes into direct contact with any of your sequins or beads. Professionals use a press cloth to iron embellished clothing, but at home you can just cut a square out of an old t-shirt, and put this between the iron and the clothing. Make sure to select an appropriate heat setting – not too hot for fine silk and polyester. Don’t let the fabric get too hot, or embellishments could soften or crack, and adhesives could melt. If your embellishments are attached with glue, give the garment a couple of minutes to cool after ironing before you move it.
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Things You’ll Need
- Gentle washing detergent
- Sink or washtub with lukewarm water
- Hanger or clothes pin to hang dry your garment
Rhinestone clothing can be very fashionable and fun to wear. It’s easy for rhinestones to slip off of your clothing and cause your garment to lose some of its style and flair. By caring for your rhinestone bedecked clothing in a gentle manner, and following a few simple steps, you can keep your rhinestone outfits looking great to wear.
Turn your garment inside out. If there are any buttons, make sure that they have been buttoned or zipped up.
Run a sink full of lukewarm water with some light washing detergent. Try detergent that is used for washing baby clothes. Detergent that is gentle and doesn’t have any bleach will work best on your piece of clothing. You can wash the item in your bathroom sink, kitchen sink, or an old washtub.
Hand-wash your garment lightly. Do not let it stay in the water for a long period of time.
Hang dry your garment on a clothes line. Do not place it in direct sunlight because your clothing will fade and the sunlight will decrease the adhesive that your rhinestone is attached to. You can put the item in the dryer on a light spin cycle or permanent press. Do not leave it in for a long period of time. Your rhinestones could overheat and fall off or melt. Take the item out of the dryer while it is still halfway damp and let it hang dry.
Keep your rhinestone garment in a place in your closet where it won’t rub against other articles of clothing. You may place a plastic cover over your clothing to keep it safe from dust and to protect the rhinestones. Don’t fold the item and put it in a packed drawer of clothes, where the rhinestones could easily be rubbed off or break. Keep the item separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep it looking nice.
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Don’t we all love rhinestone shirts? They come in many different colors, sizes and shapes and can be used to decorate T-shirts, hoodies, belts, jeans etc.
Do you want to make your own DIY rhinestone shirt?
This post will tell you exactly how to decorate shirts with rhinestones. So make sure to read to the end if you are a looking to make a bling shirt by hand for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
What Type of Rhinestone should I use?
As mentioned before, rhinestones come in a variety of different colors, shapes and sizes. Different types of rhinestones can be categorized by the different ways you attach them to clothing.
- The first type of rhinestone is the glue on rhinestones. These are the most basic rhinestones. As the name implies, you will use a special glue to attach these stones to clothing. This is the simplest way to work with rhinestones but is quite labor intensive.
- On the other hand, you have hot fix rhinestones. All you need to do to attach these rhinestones to clothing is applying some heat. This is the preferred option if you are planning to make bling shirts in bulk for two reasons.
- You can attach all the rhinestones simultaneously by heating all the stones together.
- If you have a rhinestone template ready, you can easily align the stones and make the same shirt over and over again.
One way of applying heat is by using the good old iron. This work pretty ok if you iron is very warm and is big enough to cover the entire design. Check this article if you want to try to apply the rhinestones using an iron.
In this article, we will talk about using the heat activated rhinestones and heat them using a heat press machine. The heat press will allow you to heat and transfer big designs evenly within just a few seconds.
How to Make Rhinestone Transfers?
First, you will need to prepare a rhinestone transfer. You can easily do this if you own a Silhouette vinyl cutter you can use Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to design your own rhinestone transfers.
Here are the steps to make your own rhinestone transfers with Silhouette Studio:
- Open your image in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. You might have to change the file type to all to find your image.
- Go to your trace window to make an outline. Select the trace area and use the filters and threshold to get the best trace. You might want to read our article on How to Use Silhouette Studio if you are having problems.
- If you have your desired outline go to the Rhinestone window and select the desired effect. Feel free to try out all the different effects to see which one you like the best. Don’t forget to experiment with the Rhinestone Spacing too!
- Using the Single Click tool you can add individual rhinestones to your design that are not in the original trace. Additionally, the Freehand tool allows you to draw lines of rhinestone.
- Open the Send to Silhouette window by clicking the printer icon. Select the Rhinestone Template Material and select the Double Cut option for the best result.
Keep in mind that even though there is a Freehand tool and Single Click tool in the Silhouette software, it is pretty awkward to draw intricate designs yourself. If you want to draw your design yourself, use a specialized drawing software and then save and open the file in Silhouette Studio. For more detailed instructions on working with silhouette studio, you might want to take an online die cutting class.
Also, if you are normally making text-based designs, you can drastically widen your options by downloading free fonts for the Silhouette Cameo.
Preparing the Transfer Mask to Make a Rhinestone T-Shirt
Now that you have Rhinestone transfer cut, you need to prepare the materials and fill the holes with sticky flock. Use the following steps to easily prepare your Rhinestone transfers:
- Remove the backing paper from the sticky flock.
- Remove the holes that didn’t come off with the backing paper. You can easily do this by sticking it to a surface, smoothing it and peeling it off again. If some of the holes are still closest, just pop them out manually one by one.
- Fill the holes with your rhinestones. This can be down in two ways:
- Use a tweezer and fill the holes one by ones. This is a very delicate and tedious process so we normally recommend the next method.
- Flood the design with rhinestones and brush them into place. Most of the rhinestones will automatically fill the holes correctly. Use the tweezer to do some final corrections.
- Now that all the rhinestones are in place, use a transfer mask to prevent all the stones from falling when you move the design to your T-shirt. Smooth out the entire surface to firmly attach al the stones to the transfer mask. Make sure to prevent any bubbles or unevenness when you apply the transfer mask.
- Peel off the transfer mask and check if all the rhinestones came off.
If you missing a few rhinestones on your transfer mask, don’t worry! Simply use your tweezer to attach the missing rhinestones on the mask manually.
How to add rhinestones to clothing?
Now we finally came to the fun part. This is where the magic happens and where we explain to you how to attach rhinestones to clothing.
To successfully attach the rhinestones to clothing like a T-shirt you need to apply heat to the transfer mask. If you are running a small rhinestone shirt business or just enjoy making a lot of rhinestone shirts, you want to use a heat press for simplicity and speed.
To prevent any shrinking or color fading, make sure to wash the shirts you are using beforehand.
- Place the T-shirt on the heat press and the transfer mask on top of the T-shirt.
- Make sure both the T-shirt and transfer mask are smoothed out.
- With the heat press, apply the amount of heat recommended in the manual that came with your transfer mask. Normally this is around 320 Fahrenheit for 15 seconds.
- Let the rhinestones cool down.
- Carefully pull off the transfer mask.
And your rhinestone shirt is done! If you really like your creation, you migth even drape it on a sewing mannequin so everyone can admire it.
Keeping your DIY rhinestone shirt in good shape
Now that you have successfully attached the rhinestones to the shirt, you want it to stay that way. Here are some things to keep in mind to make your shirts last a little longer.
- Don’t wash the shirt within 24 hours of adding the stones
- Use your laundry machine on a gentle setting or wash it by hand
- Hang dry the shirts instead of tumble drying
- If just a few individual stones come off, you can try to reattach them with special glue
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Take a stroll through any clothing section—women’s, kid’s, even men’s, and you’ll see that almost all the clothes have some embellishment. It may be buttons, zippers, or jean studs, all of which are pretty standard. But it those clothes that are embellished with sequins, beading, faux gemstones, metallic embroidery or studs, and ribbons that need extra special care.
Washable Clothes With Beads or Sequins
The fewer times your garment is cleaned by washing or dry cleaning, the longer the accents will last. Every trip to the cleaners or every ride through the clothes washer damages the accents by causing them to become dull or loosen from the fabric.
If the embellished garment has a stain but is otherwise clean, try spot-cleaning the stain first. If the stain is a non-oily food stain or dirt, mix a solution of one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with one cup of cool water. Mix well and then use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to remove the stain. Work between the embellishments to reach the fabric as well as the stain on the surface of the embellishments. Keep blotting with a clean white cloth or paper towel as the stain is transferred.
If the stain is oil-based, you may need to use a dry cleaning solvent. Use the same cleaning method using a cotton swab.
For overall cleaning, always follow the garment’s care label. Many will state to dry clean only. However, if the base fabric is washable, you can usually wash it at home. If you decide to launder the beaded or sequined garment at home, hand washing is always the best choice over machine washing.
If you are going to machine wash, use the gentle cycle, and put the garment in a mesh laundry bag before putting it in the machine. Be prepared to check for embellishments that may have fallen off during washing which can damage your washer.
Always allow the embellished garment to air dry. Never place it in a hot dryer, which can damage the finish or melt decorations and loosen the glue. If the garment is woven, hang to air dry away from direct sunlight and heat. If the garment is knit, then dry flat to prevent stretching.
If the garment requires ironing, then always press on the wrong side of the fabric and use a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric. Use the lowest iron temperature possible. Instead of ironing, consider using a clothes steamer to remove the wrinkles.
Washable Clothes With Metal Accents
Before you launder anything with metal accents, test the metal in an inconspicuous spot to see if the metal will tarnish. Highly acidic water, vinegar, chlorine bleach, and high concentrations of oxygen bleach can dull the metal finish. Tarnish is not only unsightly; it can bleed onto the fabric and become difficult to remove.
If you decide to launder the metal-embellished garments at home, follow the guidelines on the care label and hand wash or use the gentle cycle on your washer and a mesh washing bag. It is best to air-dry clothes with metal decorations to prevent any adhesive from melting in the high heat of the dryer. Heavy metal studs on clothing can also damage the finish of your dryer drum and lead to rust formation.
Follow the same ironing guidelines as recommended for beaded garments.
Washable Clothes With Ribbon Accents
For best results, remove ribbons from the garment before washing. The ribbons may not be colorfast, and you’ll end up with dye bleeding.
If the ribbons are permanently attached, use cold water to wash the garment to prevent fading and bleeding of colors. And, to help attached ribbons last longer, brush the ends with clear nail polish so they won’t fray.
Dry Clean Only Clothes With Embellishments
If you have a garment that has a few beads or sequins and it is labeled dry clean only, you can use a home dry cleaning kit. Treat any stains with the kit’s stain remover and use a low heat dryer setting. This will freshen the garment and help remove any wrinkles.
For heavily embellished clothes like a sequined jacket, head to a professional cleaner. The safest cleaning method is to ask a reputable dry cleaner to “foil” the accents so they won’t crack or tarnish. Or, ask that the garment be hand-cleaned. Some cleaners will remove the embellishments before cleaning and then reattach them. This is quite expensive, so determine first the value of the garment and your attachment to it.
Knowing how to wash clothes —without ruining them — is a basic life skill. Before you load up the washing machine, you have to do some prep work such as separating items by color and texture, choosing the right washing cycle, and knowing how much detergent to add. All this calls for just a little practice, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Separate and divide for laundry success
Not all fabrics are made the same, so you need to create piles of items based on color and fabric type:
Separate light-colored clothes from dark ones: The worst mistake you can make when washing clothes is to mix colored clothes and light-colored clothes in the wash cycle. Clothes (especially new ones) lose some of the dye coloring during the wash cycle, and light-colored fabric will pick up that dye. So don’t put your new red T-shirt in a hot water wash with your white undies if you don’t want your underwear to turn pink!
To avoid “painting” your light clothes, separate your dirty laundry into white or light (pale pastel shades) clothing and dark clothing. If you don’t have that many clothes to wash and you don’t want to do two loads, you can mix light and dark — but only if none of the colored clothes are new and you use cold water. If you don’t want to risk staining any light clothes, keep them apart.
Separate laundry by fabric or texture: Heavy fabrics like denim jeans and towels require a different washing-machine cycle than delicate items (like bras and lingerie) or medium-weight ones like sheets.
Women’s lingerie, like bras, can be damaged in machines. These items should be done apart using the delicate cycle, though if you don’t have the time to do an extra load, you can put them in a special mesh bag that will protect them if you throw them in the regular wash.
Read the care label on clothing before washing. Some clothing can only be dry cleaned while other clothing, like that made of wool, needs to be hand-washed with a special soap and dried by placing over a towel or rack.
To protect all clothes from the damage that a washing machine can do, zip all zippers, and turn the clothes inside out before washing.
Choose the right setting: Washing machines have settings for water temperature. Use hot water for light-colored items that are especially dirty or smelly. Use cold water for dark clothes (especially new ones) whose colors are more likely to run. Cotton items also require cold water to avoid shrinkage.
You’ll also see settings for load size, usually small, medium or large. If your dirty laundry fills the machine to one third, then select small; half-way full is medium; and three-quarters full is large. Never stuff the machine, because you need room for the water!
Figuring out laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener
When you’re ready to wash your (separated) clothes, don’t just shove them into the machine, dump in some detergent and turn on the machine. There’s a process: First, fill your washing machine with water to about one-third full, and then add the bleach if you’re using it. Next, add the detergent, swish it around in the water to make sure it’s dissolved, and then add your clothes.
How much detergent? How much laundry detergent you need will depend on the size of your load. Always read the instructions on the laundry detergent container so that you know how much to put in. Some detergents are more concentrated so require less detergent.
To bleach or not? If you have clothes that are especially dirty or if you like your whites to be as white as possible, you can add bleach. But be careful — all bleaches aren’t made the same, so be sure to read the product labels carefully.
Chlorine bleach is great for making white clothes whiter, especially cotton and linen. Never use chlorine-based bleaches on colored fabric, because it’ll take the color right out.
All-fabric bleach is made just for colors and chlorine-sensitive fabrics.
If your washing machine doesn’t have a bleach dispenser, then always dilute the bleach with water before it touches your clothes.
The “hardness” of your water can affect how bleach works, so test it on some clothes you don’t care about it.
Remember the fabric softener: If you like your towels to be soft and fluffy, add liquid fabric softener to the rinse cycle. (Many washing machines have a special dispenser for liquid fabric softener. You fill this dispenser at the beginning of the wash cycle, and the machine automatically releases it at the proper time.)
Jeans, Tops or Shirts with rhinestone embellishments are trendy and part of our everyday wear. With a little care and knowledge you can enjoy and wear them for a long time.
Most labels recommend:
Wash garments inside out, with zippers zipped and buttons or snaps closed. Use gentle cycle and cold water. Warm water for whites but never hot. Use a mild detergent and very little of it. Tumble dry low. This method works. But it will cause tiny cracks in the stones, which makes the stones dull and lose their twinkle. More often than not after a few washing you will have missing or loose stones as well.
Wash item by hand inside out. Use warm not hot water. A very little of mild detergent. Do not soak embellished clothing in water for more than a few minutes. Do not twist or wring the embellished garment. After you rinse it, transfer the rinsed item to the empty washing machine. Use the GENTLE CYCLE.SPIN ONLY setting. For heavy clothing such as jeans you can spin out the garment twice. This removes the excess water without twisting or wringing the fabric which stresses the stones. Hang it to air dry. Do not hang outside if it’s hot. Direct sunlight and heat should be avoided. After the item has dried, you may place in the dryer on low for 5 minutes (no more) to fluff out the fabric so it doesn’t have that stiff feel from air dry. For light weight fabrics put onside of a pillow case and fluff for 3-5 minutes. It’s best to iron t-shirts and tops .
Washing by hand is the only way to wash embellished light weight tops or shirts. The washing machine is just too hard for the fabric and stones. For Some jeans, you can get away with washing using the gentle cycle or hand wash cycle.
Fixing the lost stones:
If a stone is lost from a t-shirt in the center of your chest, it’s noticeable. You will need to purchase fabric glue to fix the lost stones. If you have the stone that is lost from the garment, glue it back on. If you don’t have the stone, then you are going to have to purchase some. Keep in mind that crystal rhinestones are glass. They can break or crack. It’s best not to take off a jeweled top and toss it across the tile floor. The bigger the stone are, the more likely they are to break or be knocked off. When buying jeans with rhinestones, you should look for styles that use small stones on the backside or other stress points on the jeans.
All in all, to maintain the effect of rhinestone transfers, much care should be taken. Using the above hand washing directions will help to keep your garment looking newer for a longer time.
Hope this article is useful to you and wish you all the best.
How to Add Swarovski Crystals to Leather
Things You’ll Need
- Tiffany mounts
- Flat-head screwdriver
Glitz up your wardrobe by adding rhinestones to leather belts, shirts, boots or necklaces. The main consideration here is the thickness of the leather—the thicker the leather, the more difficult (or impossible) it may be to attach the rhinestones directly. If you’re working with a thick leather belt, for example, you’re better off attaching rhinestones to a thin piece of leather and gluing that leather to the belt. There are two easy techniques for attaching rhinestones. Glue works for items that don’t need to be dry-cleaned, while Tiffany mounts work for items that do.
Buy a type of glue that works with your rhinestones. If you’re using glass or crystal stones, use an epoxy such as E6000 or GemTac. If you’re using acrylic stones, a specialty rhinestone glue or plain white craft glue will work. Avoid hot glue and super glue—hot glue doesn’t offer a very strong bond, and super glue is brittle and easily broken once it’s dry.
Practice gluing a few rhinestones to a piece of scrap leather to get a feel for how much glue to use. Apply glue to the leather and press the rhinestone into it. You want the glue to come up around the edge of the rhinestone, holding the whole stone (not just the back).
Plan out your design. Mark the leather with a piece of chalk, indicating where each dab of glue should be placed.
Dab glue onto the chalk marks. Don’t do more than a few spots at a time—you don’t want the glue to dry by the time you get to it.
Press each rhinestone into the glue and hold it down until the glue on the side of the stone begins to turn clear.
Let the leather dry for 24 hours once all stones have been glued.
Use Tiffany Mounts
Plan out your design. Working on the reverse (wrong) side of the leather, use a piece of chalk to mark the spot you want each rhinestone to go.
Place a Tiffany mount over each chalk mark. The prongs should point toward the right side of the leather.
Press the prongs up through the leather until the back of the Tiffany mount is flush with the leather.
Place a loose rhinestone in each Tiffany mount.
Bend the prongs forward over the rhinestone, holding it in place. Smaller prongs are flexible enough to be moved by hand; with larger prongs, you can use a flat-head screwdriver to help press them down over the stone.
Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any spilled or excess glue.
Don’t dry-clean leather with glued rhinestones. The dry-cleaning process weakens the glue and makes it turn yellow.
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About the Author
Jenni Wiltz’s fiction has been published in “The Portland Review,” “Sacramento News & Review” and “The Copperfield Review.” She has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of California, Davis and is working on a master’s degree in English at Sacramento State. She has worked as a grant coordinator, senior editor and advertising copywriter and has been a professional writer since 2003.
From stain treating to steaming, this is how to hand wash your clothes
Joan Crawford once said: ‘Care for you clothes like the good friends they are.’
But unfortunately, each time you chuck your beloved pals in the washing machine for a quick spin, you’re actually treating them like friends who forgot your birthday.
Hand washing your dirty clothes, especially the delicate ones, is almost universally the best thing for them and will ensure they’ll stay loyal to you for a long time.
We spoke to Steamery Stockholm’s Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Frej Lewenhaupt – who is a textile engineer by trade – to find out exactly how to hand wash clothes. These are his answers.
Why is it good to hand wash clothes?
Machine washing is a harsh clothing care process. It’s not just the soaking of clothes in water that has an impact on the their appearance, but the movements – such as twisting and shaking – that manipulate fibres, seams, and trimming, which may result in damage.
Another big positive about hand washing is that you also have total control of the items being washed, and can adjust your method. For example, when removing stains you can focus on only these spots, so the rest of the garment doesn’t need to be washed at all.
What fabrics should I hand wash?
All items you personally define as delicate items (clothes that are dear to you) will last longer if hand washed.
However, the most general way to define if clothes should be hand washed will be found on the care label. Normally high fashion items, delicate silk, wool, cashmere, and merino wool (especially fine knits) meet the qualification for hand washing.
Can I hand wash ‘dry clean only’ clothes?
Many garments that have a ‘dry clean only’ symbol can actually be hand washed.
Usually, this is about either the fashion brand, the fabric mill, or the suppliers to the fabric mill, being extra careful. The sign is there to ensure they take no responsibility if you harm the garment in a wash. But, in many cases, it’s perfectly fine to hand wash.
Be very careful if you decide to hand wash ‘dry clean only’ items, as some of these fabrics might be harmed by water.
To avoid this, before hand washing any ‘dry clean only’ items, look up how the item’s textiles and trimmings will react to water, if you cannot find anything extra sensitive, it should be ok to hand wash gently.
What fabrics or clothes should you avoid hand washing?
Suiting cannot be hand washed.
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How To Pre-soak Clothes
- Pre-soak clothes by filling up a clean bucket or cleaned sink of lukewarm (30°C) water.
- Add one measurement cup (30 ml) of Steamery Sport Wash (or another gentle detergent which doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like bleach, optical brighteners, colourants, zeolites or phosphates) and soak the garment for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Note that Steamery Sport Wash is not recommended on wool and other protein-based fibres. For such garments use Steamery Delicate Wash.
Pre-soaking is a successful method to rinse out smell and dirt from your garments. A heavy sweat or funky vintage smell (for example) can easily be taken out by pre-soaking your clothes using an agent with odour control.
How To Pre-Treat Stains
- Pretreat by gently dabbing the stain with a pre-treating agent and make sure the stain has been soaked.
Pre-treatment of stains is key for a successful result where a spot has occurred. Different stains are to be treated depending on the type. However, the most common solutions are:
- For protein-based stains, use a Surfactant-based stain remover or detergent.
- For fat acids and grass, use Bile soap-based stain remover and dishwashing agent.
- For wine and other harsh stains, use Oxy stain remover (try to remove these as soon as they appear).
Note that stain removal is a science of its own. There are many methods out there, this is the briefest of summaries.
Step By Step Guide To Hand Washing Clothes
- Pre-treat any stains and/or pre-soak your clothes if needed.
- Fill up your wash basin with lukewarm water.
- Soak your garment and gently press water and detergent through the fibres.
- Let it rest for 15 minutes and repeat the gently pressing for the water and detergent to penetrate the fabric.
- Pour the water and detergent out and rinse clothes with cold water.
- Repeat this process again.
- Finish by rinsing with water until there are no detergent residues left.
- Gently press the laundry to release excess water (do not twist any garment).
- Tightly roll in a terry cloth towel to release water.
- Gently pull and straighten out fabric, taking care to focus on seams, collars and cuffs.
- Flat-dry knits by laying them out on a surface.
- Hang-dry woven fabrics and jersey.
If you can, steam your item once dry, rather than ironing, as it is much gentler on your clothes, plus it can be used on most textiles, and gives your item that ‘new’ appearance.
When my mother taught me what to look for when shopping for new clothes, one of the first things she mentioned was chec king the tag to make sure the garment wasn’t “dry-clean only.” This was typically followed by “no matter how much it’s marked down, it actually costs more when you add in dry cleaning costs.”
But occasionally, a dry-clean-only gift or thrift store find would make its way into the house, and we’d have to figure out how to wash it ourselves . And of course, you always need to wear it at the last minute, when it’s too late to take it to the cleaners. Or perhaps you’re living through a pandemic and aren’t supposed to leave the house, but want to make your laundry pile disappear and don’t want to wait until you can go out again. Either way, there are times when you’re going to need to dry clean something at home. Here’s how to do it.
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What does ‘dry-clean only’ actually mean?
Sure, the label on your blouse might say “dry-clean only,” but is there any wiggle room? According to Gwen Whiting, cofounder of The Laundress , there is. “The instructions found on care tags aren’t necessarily the best way to clean an item but are instead a way for manufacturers to avoid getting blamed for irreparable damage when instructions aren’t followed,” she told Glamour . “When manufacturers default to dry-cleaning care instructions, it’s to push the responsibility to the dry cleaners rather than themselves.”
Along the same lines, Steve Boorstein, a former dry cleaner and founder of ClothingDoctor.com says when a tag reads “dry-clean only,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the item can’t be hand-washed, especially if it’s made of natural fibers. The “dry-clean only” label is there to reduce the risk of people incorrectly washing the garment at home.
It also depends on the type of garment and fabric. For example, items of clothing that are simply constructed, unlined and made of natural fibers (cotton, silk, and linen) or polyester can probably be washed by hand or in cold water in a machine, according to MarthaStewart.com . On the other hand, you’re going to want to skip suits, pleated skirts and clothing made from delicate synthetics, such as rayon, or fabric blends, including silk and wool, as well as leather or suede items and those with metal embellishments, beading or sequins.
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One way to launder dry-clean-only garments at home is to hand wash them. You can do this in your bathroom or kitchen sink, or in a separate basin. This is something we covered in detail a few weeks ago, but for reference, here’s what you need to do:
- Get yourself a bucket, a sink with the stopper in or a tub with the plug in. You’re going to fill that receptacle with water at the temperature at which you’d like to wash your clothes.
- Use a gentle soap or laundry powers (not detergent). Dish soap or hair shampoo are good options.
- Use your hands or a wooden spoon or something similar to act as an agitator. Get in there and start churning, squishing and squeezing until everything gets really soapy.
- Rinse the items, one at a time, in clean water from the nearest receptacle.
- Hang the clean clothes out to dry on a drying rack, your shower curtain rod, over the backs of chairs, or anywhere else you have the space.
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Using the washing machine
If you really want to use the washing machine, it’s possible to safely wash some dry-clean only garments in there. One major caveat, though: the machine has to have an “express” setting in order for this to work. If it does, here are Apartment Therapy’s instructions for using your washing machine for dry-clean-only:
1. If the piece is stained, apply stain remover to the affected area while it’s dry.
2. Place your soiled garment in a mesh bag.
3. Use a gentle laundry soap, adding your soap to the detergent dispenser or directly to the drum of your washing machine as directed.
4. Run your washing machine’s express cycle, which agitates your clothes for less time overall.
5. Hang the garment or lay flat to dry.
6. Use a steamer to remove wrinkles if necessary.
At-home dry cleaning kits
For the past several years, at-home dry cleaning kits have become available in most supermarkets, pharmacies and big box stores. If you happen to have one or are able to get one, that’s also an option. Basically, these kits work by first spot-treating any stains on the garment, and then “cleaning” it by putting a damp pad with the cleaning solution from the kit in your dryer, where the heat steams it. While these kits are good at freshening up your clothes, they’re not the best at getting rid of oil-based stains (including ones from body oils).
Really, it depends on what you’re looking to get out of the cleaning process. And if it’s something like a family heirloom or something else that absolutely under no circumstances can be ruined, you may be better off just taking it to a professional dry cleaner when you have that option again.
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Cleaning and disinfecting are different processes.
Cleaning involves removing dirt and germs from surfaces. While cleaning may lower the risk of spreading infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria, it does not kill them.
Disinfection requires the use of chemicals that kill germs. Disinfecting hard surfaces and textiles after cleaning them can further reduce the risk of spreading infections.
Public health authorities, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that SARS-CoV-2 spreads from person to person through indirect and direct contact with respiratory droplets that contain the virus.
Precautions, such as physical distancing, quarantining, and self-isolating, can help reduce the risk of direct transmission. However, respiratory droplets can fall on objects and surfaces. The SARS-CoV-2 can enter a person’s body if they touch these surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Studies suggest that human coronaviruses, such as those responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), can remain on metal, glass, and plastic surfaces for up to 9 days.
Although current research findings and guidance from public health authorities provide insight on how to reduce viral transmission on surfaces, the same is not true for clothing and other textiles.
The authors of a study featuring in The Lancet Microbe reported that SARS-CoV-2 is more stable on smooth surfaces, such as glass or metal.
The authors reported that the virus remained infectious for 3–7 days on glass, stainless steel, and plastic surfaces, and less than 2 days on wood and cloth. Their findings also suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is highly sensitive to heat. After increasing the temperature to 70°C (158°F), the virus became inactive within 5 minutes.
Disinfecting surfaces with 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach), 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 62–71% ethanol effectively inactivates most coronaviruses, rendering them no longer infectious.
Practicing proper hand hygiene and disinfection protocols at home and in public can help lower the risk of indirect transmission.
Hey, Whats the best way to attach swarovski crystals to clothing?
If you mean the classic flat back crystals there are two options that i find work best. The simple metal prong sets are easy to use, hold the crystals tightly, and when you tire of the garment the crystals can be un-set and then recycled onto something new. The metal prong sets are placed on the wrong side of the garment, the prongs pushed through to the right side, the crystal placed in the center, and the prongs pushed over the crystal to hold it in place. you can buy tools for bending the prongs, or you can use the eraser end of a pencil, a needle nose pliers or a the tip of a metal thimble, all which are cheaper and easier to use than a real crystal setter. Items that use prong set crystals are machine washable provided you turn the garment inside out. Flat silverbacks can also be glued on with a special gem glue. In a professional setting for me, I find the glue messy and time consuming, but it’s a good option if you only want a few crystals on one item only.
There are also the newer hot fix crystals available. These have a special heat activated glue on the back. These are applied to the garment with a special heat tool that looks similar to a wood-burning tool or a hobby soldering iron. The crystal tool uses a lower heat than the soldering iron or the wood burner. The only disadvantage is that if you want to use the crystals again they have to be heat un-set, and then they will need to be prong set if they are to be used again. When properly set, hot fix crystals are supposed to be machine washable and dry cleanable. however I prefer hand washing anything embellished.
For any crystals with holes in them, the sew in kind, use a long staple polyester thread such as Mettler or Gutterman brand to sew them down. sew firmly with doubled thread and knot well on the wrong side. Hand wash anything with sew on crystals.
The rhinestone guy has a website for with prong sets, flat silverback crystals, hot fix crystals, and tools. http://www.rhinestoneguy.com/
I use a tool called the Bejewler pro for my business. It’s a easy to hold as a pencil. Her’s one from the Creative Crystal website: http://www.creativecrystal.com/BeJeweler-electric-. I think these are also available at Michael’s
I buy many of my crystals in bulk from a Canadian source, Northern Bead: Heres their crystal page, scroll down to for the links to the flat silver backs and the hot fix crystals. http://northernbead.com/swarovski/index.htm They also sell tools, prongs sets and gem glue.
And that’s a quick intro to crystals on clothing!
Few things say “spring” like a crisp white dress. And few things say “old” like that same dress a few washes later.
Dingy whites are one of the most common wardrobe scourges. It’s surprisingly hard to keep clothes truly white, and more than few of us have purchased that dress in the blue to avoid the seemingly inevitable graying of a once-bright, elegant look.
If you’ve simply been adding bleach to your loads of white clothing, towels and sheets, and wondering why they’re not, in fact, white, you probably want to read this. Many people are washing their white clothes in less-than-ideal conditions, and often it takes just a couple of small changes to get back to crisp — or at least prevent a future white dress from going bad.
Here, some guidelines for washing your whites, including those with colored prints, that should help you get it right. Let’s begin with the pure whites so we can get an idea of the white-washing basics.
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The old saying, “you get what you pay for,” couldn’t be truer when it comes to your cycling clothes. High-tech Lycra, breathable mesh jerseys and comfortable chamois inserts are a must if you want to enjoy your ride.
But quality clothing can be expensive. To make sure you get your money’s worth, take a few extra precautions when it’s time to do the laundry.
Use these eight tips to wash your clothes the right way and make sure they last more than one season in the saddle.
Use the Delicate Cycle
Hand washing versus using a washing machine comes down to personal preference. I like to wash my jerseys and socks in the washing machine and hand wash my bib shorts, but in truth it probably doesn’t make much of a difference either way, as long as you use the delicate cycle. Regular or heavy settings on the washing machine will likely damage delicate fabrics.
Separate Your Clothes
Don’t wash your cycling clothes with all of your regular clothes, and don’t just throw all of your cycling gear in together. Wash your dark colors separate from your whites to keep you clothes from becoming dingy.
When you wash your cycling jerseys or any other garments that have zippers, make sure to zip them up. Undone zippers can tear up other clothes that happen to be in the washing machine. It’s also a good idea to turn your jerseys inside out for the same reason.
Stick With the Basics
Don’t use soap with perfume or dyes. You can try specialty soap made for athletic clothing such as the Assos detergent engineered for washing cycling clothes, but it isn’t necessary. Buy the most basic detergent you can find, preferably concentrated instead of liquid.
Add your clothes, fill the washing machine with water, and mix in your detergent last. This will keep residue from clogging up your high-performance fabrics, which are designed to wick away moisture and keep you cool when you sweat. Stay away from fabric softener too.
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Consumer Reports has some tips if someone is sick at home, or if you work in a public place
By Consumer Reports • Published April 20, 2020 • Updated on April 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm
The coronavirus pandemic has upended every aspect of our lives, including something as routine as doing laundry. How do you handle the laundry of someone with COVID-19, and are laundromats safe these days? Consumer Reports suggests some simple steps to protect yourself while doing laundry in the age of the coronavirus.
It’s unknown how long the coronavirus can survive on clothes, but researchers think it’s possible for it to remain infectious for hours or even days. Therefore, any clothes that may have been exposed to the coronavirus should be treated as contaminated and kept in a separate laundry bin.
When it’s time to do the laundry, use disposable gloves and throw them away immediately after you finish, then wash your hands. If you don’t have gloves, you can do the laundry without them but be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward, too.
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You can wash the laundry of someone with COVID-19 the way you’d wash a regular load. The experts say that no special detergent or bleach is needed, but that you should use the warmest water setting for the items being washed. And be sure to dry them completely.
After you put the laundry in the washer, disinfect all the surfaces in your laundry room that may have been contaminated, like doorknobs and the door pull on the washing machine.
If you’re using a shared laundry facility in an apartment building or a laundromat, disinfect handles and surfaces before you touch the machines. And most important, keep at least 6 feet away from other people. Your chances of getting the virus from someone else is much higher than getting it from a surface.
And a final reminder: When you get home, be sure to give your hands a thorough 20-second wash with soap and water before and after you handle the laundry.
These tips are also important to follow if you’re living with someone who works in a hospital or another place where he or she may be exposed to the virus.
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For months, most of us have been quarantined at home, only venturing out for the essentials like groceries and opting for online shopping for everything else. But now, with many states slowly starting to reopen amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so are retail shops that sell non-essential items including clothes, shoes, and accessories. However, despite stores putting stricter sanitation requirements and precautions in place, people are still feeling uncertain about shopping in person again.
According to a recent survey by First Insight, only 33 percent of U.S. customers feel safe shopping at a mall. And even more than that, 65 percent of women and 54 percent of men say they wouldn’t be comfortable using a dressing room. But while many remain hesitant, some people have braved shopping at stores post-COVID-19, including our very own shopping editor, Courtney Campbell. “I was initially a little nervous about the idea of shopping for clothes in stores again, but protocols like masks, a limited number of people, and the fact that the stores were disinfecting the items that people were trying on eased my concerns,” she says.
If you’re itching to start shopping for clothes at brick-and-mortar stores again but are understandably concerned about coronavirus, experts say there are a few things you can do to stay safe and reduce your risk of getting sick. Below is everything you need to know about shopping in the “new normal” and what to bring with you when you go.
How has COVID-19 changed shopping?
Some stores are putting out hand sanitizer for customers to use. (Photo: Getty Images)
Even though stores are reopening across the country, shopping post-coronavirus will look a lot different than it used to. Retailers like Target, Nordstrom, and Kohl’s are putting new measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many are operating at reduced capacity, limiting the number of people who can be in the store at one time to ensure social distancing. Others are also closing dressing rooms, having more staff members on hand to regularly sanitize carts and baskets, and enacting more thorough sanitizing processes for returned or tried-on clothing.
Among the retailers who have revamped their shopping processes are American Eagle and Aerie. “We’ve removed some of the fixtures in our stores to account for social distancing, and we’re requiring that all guests and employees wear masks,” Hannah Grice, a sales associate at Aerie in Baltimore, Md., explains. “We’ve also put into place strict guidelines around maximum store capacities and we’re cleaning constantly (including registers and fitting rooms in between each guest) so that every individual can have the best shopping experience possible as we all adjust to our new normal.”
Is it safe to try on clothes?
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Many stores have closed dressing rooms but some, like Aerie, have not and customers are still able to try on clothes while shopping. But is it a smart idea? Proceed at your own risk, experts say. There haven’t been enough studies done to determine how long coronavirus lives on fabric but if someone with the virus has touched the clothing and then you touch your eyes or face, there’s a chance you could get sick. To reduce your risk, sanitize your hands before and after trying on the clothes or wear disposable gloves if you’re worried. Avoid trying on anything that goes near your face, too, like scarves or sunglasses.
Fortunately, most retailers who have reopened dressing rooms have thorough cleaning procedures in place. Many sanitize the rooms in between each use and wash any clothes that have been tried on. Some stores like Macy’s have even said they keep tried-on clothes off the sales floor for at least 24 hours to help prevent the spread.
What should you bring when shopping?
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While many stores are providing hand sanitizing stations and wipes, it’s always best to come prepared with your own just in case. The CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60 percent alcohol before you enter the store and then again after you leave. Because hand sanitizer is still such a hot commodity, if you’re having trouble finding it, our experts are constantly searching for and updating where you can buy hand sanitizer online right now.
Per the CDC’s recommendations—and many stores’ requirements—you should always wear a cloth face mask while you’re out shopping in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While there are plenty of retailers selling face masks online right now, our apparel expert at Reviewed tested out some of the most popular ones and ranked the best cloth face masks you can buy based on factors like comfort and quality.
Another smart thing to carry with you when shopping is a pack of sanitizing wipes (here’s where to find cleaning wipes still in stock). The CDC suggests wiping down “high-touch” areas like dressing room door knobs, drawer pulls, screens, etc. before touching them. Many retailers have team members sanitizing all of those areas on a regular basis but you can also bring your own for extra precautions.
Do you need to sanitize your new clothes?
According to experts and the CDC, you don’t need to be too concerned about bringing coronavirus into your home via your new purchases, especially with retailers engaging in stricter sanitation procedures. “Based on recommendations from the CDC, you don’t need to sanitize clothing to be safe,” our senior lab testing technician (and resident germ guru) Jonathan Chan, says. However, he adds, “If you’re worried, leave clothes out for three days, then wash them like you normally would to remove excess and sizing chemicals.” (Coronavirus only lives on surfaces for up to 72 hours, scientists have found.)
What if you’re not ready to shop in store again?
Still not convinced that it’s safe to return to shopping in person again? Our experts here at Reviewed have spent the last few months researching and finding all of the best places to shop safely online during COVID-19, whether you’re looking for activewear, swimsuits, bike shorts, and more. Many retailers—including Target, Kohl’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods—are also offering curbside pickup, where you can order online and then pick up your purchase at the store without ever leaving your car.
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You’ll find out how to get stains out of white clothes and get them gleaming in this handy guide.
Updated 18 November 2019
We’ve all seen our white clothes lose their brilliance over time. This can come from repeated washing, or because they’re particularly susceptible to picking up stains. The good news is that it’s easy to keep whites looking bright. Check out these tips to help you know how to bleach white clothes, remove stains, or even brighten up a regular wash, restoring your garments to a fresh original white and looking sharp.
If the garment is predominately white but with coloured detailing, it can be even more tricky to wash. Make sure you check the care label before you wash it.
How to Wash Whites
Step 1: Sort Your Laundry
Make sure you separate your whites from the darker colours in your wash, because most discolouration comes from the seepage of other darker clothes. Also, separate your whites from heavily soiled clothing because the dirt from these garments will easily transfer into them throughout the wash – no matter how much detergent you use.
Step 2: Divide and conquer
White clothes can pick up plenty of fibres and fluff, so it’s important to divide all of your whites into separate piles according to the type of fabric. Towels and sheets can go in one load and cotton and linen items can go in another – that way the correct water temperature can be used.
How to Get Stains Out of White Clothes
It’s always tricky removing stains from white clothes, and you’re never guaranteed to have them completely banished. It all depends on the stain and the material. Timing is always a massive factor in removing stains from white clothing: the quicker you treat it, the better the end result will be. Need to know how to get yellow stains out of white shirts, or dirty stains from white tees? Here’s four simple steps to treat stains on white clothing:
- Scrape off visible dirt. You’ll need to blot liquid using a cloth, beginning on the outside of the fabric, then moving to the inside.
- Apply Omo liquid detergent straight onto the stain, then blot with a light-coloured cloth.
- Soak it in cold water for at least 15 minutes.
- Wash as normal using Omo Powder.
How to Wash Whites with Stubborn Stains.
If the stain is stubborn, it might need a little extra work to make it disappear. Try soaking it in hot water before you wash the garment, and also try one of these tricks using a good quality laundry detergent:
- Put baking soda straight onto the stain then blot it with a wet, light-coloured cloth.
- Swab the stain with hydrogen peroxide using a cotton bud.
- Grab some white vinegar and blot the stain again before washing as normal.
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Rhinestone birthday shirt – Custom rhinestone clothing makes a statement when you wear it, and rhinestone t-shirts is one of the most popular types of rhinestone clothing. You can also find rhinestone pants, shorts, and hats. Custom rhinestone clothing can be a lot of fun, and you can put just about anything on a t-shirt. For example, you can put pictures on your clothing in rhinestones. Would you like a pink heart or a green shamrock? Then you can have one, or you can have a rainbow or a cat or a butterfly. You can also incorporate text into these designs, and you can add your name or a phrase. No matter what you pick, rhinestone t-shirts are a cute and fun way to show off your personality.
Custom rhinestone clothing makes a great gift as well. For example, if you want to get your mom a cute Mother’s Day gift, you can purchase a personalized rhinestone t-shirt for her. She would probably love a shirt that says Mom or I Love You. They make great birthday gifts too, and you could get your friend a shirt with his or her name on it. For example, do you have a friend that just loves to drink all kinds of wine? If so, you can buy her a shirt with a wine glass on it and the caption Wine Lover at the bottom. You can also buy these as gag gifts, and you can get clothing with something funny on it for your friends to wear.
Another great way to use custom rhinestone clothing is as fun wedding favors. For example, you can get your bridesmaids t-shirts that say Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor. If you are a bridesmaid, you should consider buying some fun clothing for the bachelorette party. You could get the bride a Bride to Be shirt. Even the guys can have fun with some custom rhinestone clothing, and they would make a great addition to any bachelor party.
You can put rhinestones on just about anything. For example, you can buy purses and shoes with rhinestones on them. Think how much fun a pair of green rhinestone shoes would be for St. Patrick’s Day. You could even get a whole rhinestone outfit.
Once you have purchased some custom rhinestone clothing, a rhinestone t-shirt, for example, you will need to know how to care for and store your new item. While the rhinestones have been properly affixed to the clothing, it is possible to pull them off. You need to be careful when storing this type of clothing because it can get caught on other items in your dresser or closet. Storing the items inside out when possible is a good idea. Also, you need to flip the items inside out to wash them. Always be sure to wash the clothing in cool water and dry them at a very low temperature. This way the heat will not melt the adhesive.
If you have a unique personality and you like to stand out in a crowd, you should consider buying some custom rhinestone clothing today and bringing a little sparkle into your wardrobe.
Masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.
Masks should be washed regularly. It is important to always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
How to clean
- You can include your mask with your regular laundry.
- Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
Washing by hand
- Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection.
- Use bleach containing 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified.
- Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- Ensure adequate ventilation.
- Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
- 4 teaspoons of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water
- Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
- Discard the bleach solution down the drain and rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
- Make sure to completely dry the mask after washing.
Using bleach safely:
- Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
- Be aware that bleach can damage cloth fabric over time.
- Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards.
- Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
- Store and use bleach out of the reach of children and pets.
- Special considerations should be made for people with asthma and they should not be present when cleaning and disinfecting is happening as this can trigger asthma exacerbations. Learn more about reducing asthma triggers.
- See EPA’s 6 steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant Use external icon .
How to dry
- Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.
- Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.
Washing clothes by hand is a little extra work, but it’s a well-worth-it laundry chore. Here’s how to properly wash clothes by hand, which will give extra life to those special items in your clothes closet.
When laundry day comes around, most washing machines offer a delicate or hand-wash setting, but there are times when the best results will come from hand-washing certain types of clothing. If you’re not sure how to hand-wash clothes, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn the different techniques to washing clothes by hand and what to look out for when working with different fabrics.
Always check the care label for directions. If the label says “dry-clean only,” avoid washing it at home. If the label says “dry-clean,” you may want to try hand-washing clothes. Before you hand-wash the garment, check a small inconspicuous area first to make sure the fabric is colorfast.
Unique fabrics may require special care. Items such as delicate lingerie, wool sweaters, and silk blouses may retain their color and shape best when washed by hand. Baby clothes may also have special handwashing requirements as well. Silk garments should not be hand-washed if they are brightly colored, patterned, or darkly colored, as the dyes may bleed.
Get our step-by-step directions for the best way to hand-wash clothes below, as well as advice on how to dry items to extend their life and keep them looking as good as the day you bought them.
How to Hand-Wash Clothes
Step 1: Read the Label
Read the garment label for specific product recommendations regarding hand-washing clothes. Then choose the best detergent for hand-washing clothes. If no care label exists, choose a mild detergent or dishwashing liquid.
Step 2: Fill Tub with Water
Fill a small tub or sink with water at the temperature recommended on the care label. If no care label exists, choose cool to lukewarm water. Add about a teaspoon of detergent. You may need more detergent if you are hand-washing a large item or multiple items.
Step 3: Submerge and Soak
Submerge the garment in the soapy water and soak. Use gentle movements to swish the item through the sudsy water. Avoid scrubbing or twisting actions that can stretch or damage the fabric. Gently swish the garment through the sudsy water until the item is clean. You can find hand-washing clothes tools, but unless you’re hand-washing regularly, it’s not necessary.
Step 4: Rinse and Repeat
Drain the sink or tub, and refill it with cool rinse water. Push the garment up and down in the water until all soap is removed. If you’re unsure, sniff the garment to make sure it is no longer scented. Repeat the process with clean water if necessary.
How to Hand-Wash Bras
Step 1: Soak Bra
Fill a sink or bowl with lukewarm water. Add a mild, alcohol-free hand washing detergent and mix in with the water. Carefully place the bra in the solution and let soak for 15 minutes. With your hands, work the suds into the bra.
Step 2: Rinse Bra
Remove the bra from the water. Hold under the sink or tub faucet and let water run over the bra, rinsing out any soapy water. Be sure to rinse until the bra no longer releases any suds.
Step 3: Dry Bra
To get rid of any excess water, gently fold your bra against a towel before laying it out to dry. Lay garment flat on a towel and lay another towel over top and press to remove extra water. Always hang to dry.
How to Hand-Wash Tights
Step 1: Prep Detergent
Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add half a cup of mild laundry detergent to wash your tights. Any detergent will do, but you can also look for detergent specially made for delicate clothes. Make sure you use lukewarm water, as hot water can actually reduce the elasticity of your tights and affect their fit.
Step 2: Submerge Tights
First, turn your tights inside-out. Gently place the tights in the water mixture and begin to scrub. Avoid any rubbing and pulling, and just gently scrub the areas that are most prone to bacteria like the feet and crotch area. Let your tights soak for about 10 minutes or so.
Step 3: Rinse and Dry
Once done soaking, remove the tights from the water. Rinse them under a sink faucet with cold water. Rinse until no more suds leave the tights. Tighten into a ball and squeeze out excess water. Place tights on top of a towel and roll up to dry any remaining spots. Lay flat to dry on a lint-free towel.
How to Hand-Wash a Sweater
Step 1: Prep Detergent
Fill a tub or sink with tepid water and a few drops of mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid. To neutralize perspiration odor, add 3/4 cup of white vinegar.
Step 2: Soak and Rinse Sweater
Turn the sweater inside-out. Immerse the sweater in the water, and swish gently, taking care not to stretch it. Let soak for 10 minutes. Next, run cold water over the sweater until no more soapy residue runs from the garment.
Step 3: Dry Sweater
Once done soaking, press the sweater against the wall of the bin to remove any excess water. Lay the sweater on a white towel on a flat surface (a white towel prevents dye transfer from towel to sweater). Gently roll the towel and sweater together to remove extra water.
Dry the sweater on a flat, moisture-resistant surface, preferably mesh, which lets air circulate. Keep it away from sun and heat. Coax the sweater back into its shape, squaring the shoulders, placing the sleeves parallel to the body, and squaring the hem.
How to Dry Hand-Washed Clothing
Step 1: Squeeze Out Water
Know how to dry hand-washed clothes before you’re stuck with a pile of dripping laundry. Gently squeeze the excess water from the garment. Do not twist or wring the item as it may stretch the fibers and ruin the fabric.
Step 2: Lay on a Towel
On a flat surface, lay out a clean, dry white bath towel that has been laundered several times to remove lint. Lay the just-washed garment on the towel, patting it into shape. Roll up the towel, encasing the garment in the towel. Gently press on the rolled-up towel to encourage water absorption. Repeat with another clean, dry towel if the first one becomes saturated.
Step 3: Let Air Dry
Follow the garment’s label directions for reshaping and drying. If no care label exists, lay the hand-washed clothes on a clean, dry white towel spread over a flat surface that is moisture-resistant. Flip the garment over periodically, and replace the damp towel with a dry one as needed. Air-dry delicate lingerie on a drying rack. If the dry garment is wrinkled, check the care label for appropriate ironing temperature, and if necessary, press the garment gently to finish. If no care label exists, test in an inconspicuous area before pressing. Hang or fold clothing as soon as it’s dry to avoid wrinkles.