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How to Store Clothes

If you’ve ever taken a favourite item of clothing out of the cupboard, only to find a mysterious new hole, or a strange faded patch, you’ll probably be aware of the need for proper clothing storage. Here are a few tricks and tips on how and where to store clothes to help keep them looking their best.

Where to store clothes

The best way to store clothes in your home will, of course, always depend on the amount of space you have free and the amount of clothes you need to stash away. The good news is that you don’t need a walk-in-wardrobe or special racks to keep your clothes looking great – often just a chest of drawers (or two, or four) will actually do. The important thing is to get the conditions right.

How to store clothes: The perfect conditions

The ideal storage conditions for your clothes are:

  • Total darkness – sunlight can slowly fade the colour of clothes over time. When you’re scoping out where to keep clothes in your home, choose a storage unit or cupboard that can shut out light completely if possible. 
  • A relative humidity of 50-55% – too much moisture in the air can encourage damp. 
  • A temperature of 12-18°C – neither too hot nor too cold. 
  • Clean, well ventilated, and free of pests – there’s a reason the phrase “moth-eaten” exists! If you do have a moth problem, the guide here can help you. 
  • Lined with acid-free tissue paper – this should ideally be used between clothes and to line boxes or drawers. 

While this may not be totally achievable in your home, perhaps you could find a way to store special, more expensive items in these conditions.

How to keep clothes and bedding looking great: 5 key storage tips

  • Make sure clothes are completely dry before putting them away. Damp clothing will smell and encourage mould if left to its own devices.
  • Fold wisely. The right folding technique can help you if you’re short on space and wondering how to store clothes neatly. We have guides to folding shirts and trousers and packing down fitted sheets here on the Persil site – and you don’t want to miss the clothes storage life hacks here, either.
  • Leave a little space between your clothing storage unit and the wall. This helps air to circulate, making it harder for mould to creep behind the unit. If you do find mould in or around your wardrobe or chest of drawers,  this guide to removing mould can help you get rid of it.
  • Only use hangers to store clothes that won’t stretch. Things like woollen jumpers and dresses can gradually lengthen if they’re not stored lying flat.
  • Read your clothing care labels. If a particular item is in need of special accommodation, manufacturers will often leave a note on the label to help you out.

There you have it – how to store clothes safely away, ready to be worn at a moment’s notice!

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