Ask Leah & Mary: How to Clean Second Hand Finds

I was delighted when I got an email informing me that my cousin has taken to one of my favorite hobbies… dumpster diving! She is a girl after my own heart. We are obviously related. The only problem with this hobby is the question of sanitation. Whether you scored at the thrift store, a yard sale or on the side of the road, cleanliness counts! So how do you clean what you have drug home? Here are our tips for cleaning your second hand finds.

1) Upholstery: If it has a slipcover, throw it in the washer. Make sure you put the slipcover back on when its still wet. It will be easier and will dry in perfect place without wrinkles! If it does not have a slipcover, spray it with disinfectant spray first, Fabreeze second and then vacuum the heck out of it.

2) Silver or Anything Tarnished: Brush the surface of anything tarnished with toothpaste (the old school white paste) and a toothbrush. Rinse well with water.

3) Clothing: Is it terrible that I don’t rush home and throw my thrifted clothes in the wash!? Maybe its just laziness… or maybe I just have tricked myself into thinking if its new to me it must be clean. Gross, I know. But for all the clean freaks out there dry clean the dedicates, wash the rest.

4) Dishes & Glassware: Hand wash delicate dishes & throw the rest in the dishwasher to disinfect.

One product that we have fallen in love with is the Bon Ami “Thrill of the Hunt” kit. It has everything you need in there to ensure happy hunting. From sunscreen, to a magnifying glass, to cleaning products, we are obsessed. And all the products are natural! Mary and I are going to be doing a giveaway of a kit soon so stay tuned!!!

One Comment

  1. Christina L

    I've been dying to buy some second hand clothes, but since I only buy things from first hand stores, the cleanness of the second hand clothes are really a problem.