Caring for Your Chic Purchases

Ashley Ryckman34 comments

Hey, ladies! Since Ashley was jet setting this past weekend, I’ve decided to hijack this blog entirely. If you’ve read this blog before, you may have noticed my name way down there at the bottom. If not, formal introductions! My name is Kristy, and in addition to being one of Ashley’s cousins, I fully admit my closet and bathroom are full Ashley’s Chic Boutique goodies! 

My one shot at Aunt Val's job! (And trying on fun hair colors!) 

I’m a mom of an amazing three-year-old daughter, a full-time high school English teacher, and now a part-time blogger and life coach. I have never ever had less time in my life to shop for myself than I do now, and ACB has been an answer to a prayer I didn’t know I needed. So the way I see it, I’m not looking for fast fashion, I’m looking for pieces that will last. I’m looking to invest in myself and how I look, in order to help me be successful in all the craziness that is my life. And part of that, I’ve learned, is taking care of my investment.


If you’re also wanting to make sure your boutique items have a long life and continue to look as amazing as the first day you put it on, it’s important to know how to care for your favorite new pieces!


Here is a quick guide to getting the most life out of your boutique clothing:


First, it’s important to note that every type of fabric has its pros and cons. Shrinking, wrinkles, easily snagged, prone to stains, color bleeding, machine wash vs. hang dry - no wonder so many of us dread laundry!


We’ve got you though!


When you receive your beautiful new purchase, take a look at the tag. Take note of the material or blend and whether or not it requires dry clean only, hand wash or machine wash instructions. And honestly, follow those instructions!

                 

 

Many of the boutique items are a poly-rayon blend, which means they’re best suited for hand-washing. I know it sounds time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be - multitasking is in our DNA, ladies!


One trick is to keep a small clothes basket or hamper around to keep those more delicate items separate. That way you prevent them from getting snagged on other clothing or absorbing more dirt, grime, or stains from other clothes.


Multitasking tip: I’ll throw a load of laundry in the washer and then take my hand washing to my bathroom. I’ll spray bathroom surfaces (toilet, tub, shower and sink) lightly with a cleaner and then move on to the hand-washing. I’ll go back to wipe those surfaces down before I change the wash over to the dryer. Now I’m getting three things done at the same time.)


So once a week or so, I grab a clean basin or small bucket and fill it with cool or warm water and a tablespoon or two of laundry detergent. Swish with your hand to mix well. Lay out a clean, dry towel beside you.


If necessary, pretreat any stains.


I start with my light colors to prevent bleeding. (Good thing, because I washed a bathing suit I bought this week and this is the color it left the water!)

 

Submerge each item one at a time, swish and lightly scrunch for a minute in the sudsy water. Then rinse for a minute or two under cool tap water.

Make sure you just lightly squeeze out excess water, but don’t wring tight. This is too damaging to rayons, silks, nylons and even spandex. Being gentle with the fabric will help prevent overstretching and keep the garment looking fresh and bright.

Then I lay the garment on the towel and repeat until each one is clean. The towel will help soak up more water and prevent a drippy mess all over when you hang to dry.


Next I’ll grab a few hangers and gently hang each piece. Take an extra minute to straighten and smooth each one and you’ll probably be able to skip ironing later. I’ll often do this an hour or so before bed and then hang them on my shower rod to dry or on door hangers. Amazon has some super cute space saver options too.

By morning, they’re dry and I’ll toss them in the dryer with a dry towel and a dryer sheet on a low heat setting or delicates setting for 10 minutes or so. This softens the fabric a bit without damaging it, and it’s ready to wear!


Taking a little extra time to hand wash your poly, nylon, spandex and blends is going to mean the difference between weeks and years of wear. Clothing can be an investment, not a waste of money! Ashley always stresses look good, feel good! And I have to agree. I work with teenagers every day, trust me, they have no problem letting me know when I must not feel good!


So a little extra care with your clothes, a little extra care with yourself and we think you’ll notice a lot more feel good!

 

On behalf of Ashley, Chic blessings friends!

 

Kristy & Ashley

 

 

34 comments

Maryellen
Maryellen
I’m so happy with all of my purchases and pay attention to the label for care.
Dawn Petrus
Dawn Petrus
Thank you for the tips!!! I was washing but not drying and if someone switched liads before I knew my clothes were in the dryer. Some held up but was so upset if something was ruined. I will definately do the seperate basket to be sure they never get washed or dried again. I love my boutique cothes and want them for years to come. Thank you Ashley
Frankie Sanders
Frankie Sanders
I do believe the best thing you can do for your clothes is to hang up to dry. You can put in dryer with a dryer sheet on low heat just to soften up.
Melissa Quesenberry Wilson
Melissa Quesenberry Wilson
Thanks for all the great tips!! I’m so bad about just throwing darks, lights, delicates, towels, everything in the wash together and it often causes my newer things to look dingy or sometimes damaged. I definitely have the time to be a lil more careful and follow some of the suggestions from ya! Also, you teach high school English?!?! God bless you!!! ;-)
Denise
Denise
Love being able to put a face to the name! Great job!
Kay LaMarr
Kay LaMarr
I loved this blog on the care for your clothes, I do this and it really does save the color and looks of your clothes for years. Thanks for the fashion tips and laundry tips. Thanks xoxo
Frankie Sanders
Frankie Sanders
I love reading all the blogs. This was very informative for me. Since I’ve spent my retirement on ACB clothing and other stuff. I needed to know how to make them last as long as I can since I’ll have to be wearing them when I’m 80 and probably to my funeral. Anyway I love watching the lives and reading the blogs. Thanks for making online shopping so much fun.
Karen
Karen
Thanks for the insight it really helps me know what so do with my clothes to make them last longer
Donna Lins
Donna Lins
Great advise! I always multi task. Like cleaning the shower walls while taking a shower, but I never cleaned the bathroom while hand washing my delicates. Great idea, love it!
Jackie Hendrix
Jackie Hendrix
I have been buying Boutique items for quite awhile and really thought I knew pretty much all the tricks! I Learned A lot reading this though! I’m fully impressed 💗💗
Amy g
Amy g
Thank you for all the great tips. Love the blogs also. Love all the clothes and spa products too!!! Great tips for taking care of our new clothes 😽😽😽
Kerri
Kerri
This was a wonderful article. I have RA and my hands don’t work very well all the time so I do delicate wash cycle and hang dry. I made my husband read it so he know as well I’m so funny with my clothes. I’m ACB obsessed
Lori
Lori
Thank you for all of the information. I do hang up most of my clothes to dry so that will be one thing I am good at.
Dana McCurdy
Dana McCurdy
I totally love this article. I will be taking that idea and how to do multiple things at one time to save time and money and start to be alot more easy with my clothing to extend the life of them. Thanks so much for the excellent blog this week.
Carmen Velazquez
Carmen Velazquez
Not much of a hand washer but I do mine on gentle with like colors and hang dry all. Never had an issue yet doing it this way.
Kelli L Masi
Kelli L Masi
I love this blog I was always so bad at washing my delicate clothes so this was very helpful thank you so much ladies I will definitely do this for now on .
Lillian
Lillian
Thanks for this, I love reading things,And I did learn a few tricks that I didn’t know,Please Keep Them coming,Who said you can’t teach a old dog New Tricks,Lol.
Danielle
Danielle
This is very helpful I have a separate laundry basket for my boutique items along with my lularoe and I normally was them all then hang dry I don’t hand wash and havent had a problem but this article was very helpful ..So ima try it and see if it’s a difference..
Tammy Manchester
Tammy Manchester
Great advice.Thanks so much 💜
Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann
I loved reading this. Im sharing it with my boyfriend. He tells me im crazy and over doing it when i hand wash and hang dry clothes! “Theyre just clothes” is what i always hear! Yes theyre just clothes that id like to keep looking great at all times! I love the blogs ladies! Fashion tips and laundry advice, Always welcomed!!! Xoxo
Bridget Fitzgerald
Bridget Fitzgerald
Ashley and her team have beensuch a answered prayer its never been so easy to shop for clothes before in my life i always would go to the store and hate everything i tried on i wasn’t really into florals and tanks until i started shopping with Ashley thank you so much Kristy on the great tips for caring for my items that i love so much have a blessed ACB team ❤❤
Jami
Jami
I love hand washing my clothes!!! (Crazy huh?!) I give me a reason to slow down and have some “Me”time.. plus I know I’m not putting my clothes in the washer with my boyfriends chemical soaked clothes from work! Great article!! Thanks!
Darlene Home Izzo
Darlene Home Izzo
Thank You so much for these “GREAT” tips. Though I work from Home Part Time and in the Office Part Time I always find myself needing more time. I have gotten very frustrated with not having the time I needed to hand wash items but I have washed them similar to what you have stated. I do love the idea of hanging the clothes up overnight and putting in the dryer with a towel and a sheet. I also find hand washing your clothes come out less wrinkled and I hate to iron! I don’t think I even own an iron today or it is packed away lol.
Pam
Pam
I am so not a laundry person. This is very helpful. This is an excellent read if you want to make your clothing last. In all honesty i tend to buy more. But i will keep these tips in mind. Thank you
Tammy VanSickle
Tammy VanSickle
Thanks for taking the time to explain how to care for our purchases. These are definitely some great tips!!
Barb
Barb
Iron, what? I don’t iron anything. I throw it back in the dryer with a dry sheet and spritz it with some water from my water bottle if it has any wrinkles going on. Thanks for all the info on how to take care of our ACB items!
Pam Wilson
Pam Wilson
I always handwash some of my clothes. This is good advice. Sometimes we get busy with kids and forget to separate. I know I do with 11 grandbabies.
Erica Krahnke
Erica Krahnke
I’m one of those people who just throw all their clothes in the wash and don’t separate colors, whites, etc. This article really helped me understand, it’s important to pay attention to the labels! Thank you!!
Laura Sturgis
Laura Sturgis
I usally wash my delicates on a delicate cycle on my machine and hang them in my bathroom in my shower. But im going to try hand washing and towel drying and see which is better! Thanks for the tips love the blog!
Stacy stokes
Stacy stokes
Thank for the great tips! I love everything about ABC!

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