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How to Wash Costumes and Cosplay Items

After Halloween, a performance or convention, costume items need careful cleaning before storing for another day. Here’s how to spot clean and wash cosplay items and costumes.

How to Wash and Clean Cosplay Costumes

How to Surface Wash Costumes Hand Wash Costume Items
Many costumes – whether for dance recitals, theatrical performances, cosplay as your favorite hero or villain, or Halloween fun – have foam, pads, or other builds that prevent them from being submerged in water (let alone put in the washing machine). So how do you wash this kind of costume if you get a stain or need to freshen it up after wearing?
For these costumes, which include fabric corsets, built-in corset tops, and items made with EVA foam or metal, cleaning them is a matter of surface washing or spot cleaning, as well as deodorizing. If you’ve gotten makeup stains on your costume, follow our guidelines for how to remove lipstick, liquid makeup and powdered makeup. For everything else, follow these steps to clean costumes and be ready to cosplay another day.
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1. Mix

Follow instructions on the package to mix water and OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover to create a cleaning solution. Stir until dissolved. Try using a sink, laundry tub, bucket, or large bowl.

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2. Blot

Use a clean, white towel to blot out the stain or to address dirty areas such as costume armpits, knees, or sleeves. Repeat this step as many times as needed until the stained area looks clean.

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3. Rinse

Rinse using a different clean white towel, dampened with clean, cool water.

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4. Air Dry

Allow costume item to air dry.

Always test OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover on a small area before using. Read your hat’s label and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use on wool, wool blends, silk, silk blends, leather or fabrics labeled dry clean only.
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