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Why keeping your clothes in dry cleaning bags is not good for your clothes

I have been in plenty of closets where shirts, dresses, and pants are still wrapped up in clear plastic bags and hanging on sticky cardboard hangers. Here's why that is so so bad for your clothes: these bags are designed to protect the garments during transport from the dry cleaner to your home, not for long-term storage. It causes:

  1. Lack of air circulation: Dry cleaning bags cannot circulate around the clothing, leading to a buildup of moisture and humidity. This can cause the fabric to become musty, and eventually, mold may develop.

  2. Chemical fumes: Dry cleaning bags are treated with chemicals that are designed to repel dirt and stains. Over time, these chemicals can break down and release fumes that can be harmful to the fabric, especially delicate fabrics like silk and wool.

  3. Wrinkling and creasing: The plastic used to make dry cleaning bags is often thin and flimsy, which means that it can easily crease and wrinkle garments. This can result in permanent creases and wrinkles that are difficult to remove.

It is best to remove your clothes from dry cleaning bags as soon as possible after bringing them home. Store your clothes in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area, ideally on non slip or wooden hangers to allow air circulation and minimize wrinkles.

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