A small survey on Facebook showed that respondents preferred OxyClean as a stain remover for clothing. I have also heard that Resolve spot cleaner, bleach pens work. I like to use Borax and Netapur bar by H20 Natural Cleaning Products. Hanging to dry and spot cleaning can also help lengthen the life of items.
Some items with spots do make it to the racks. If the item is unique, if the spot does not ruin the look of the item and seems to be removable, if the spot is on an item that is popular (rain coats, pajamas) then these items will still be entered at a lowered price. However, we would prefer to not have to present any stains.
How can you help? Treat your laundry immediately or with one of the cleansers mentioned above. Definitely wash each item (yes, I have seen food still on clothing brought in) and remember to bring in only what you yourself would buy. Have you ever spent money on someone else's dirty laundry? Don't think so!
Donation items also should be laundered and preferably stain-free, working buttons and zippers, no holes. Families in need who receive items via our store should not be given something that's ready for the garbage or recycling (single materials can be recycled, multiple materials within one piece cannot.) Each agency and recipient is incredibly grateful for your generosity.
If you find the need to remove tags note that your item may not be available for resale. In order to check for recalls we require brand and manufacturer names, model numbers, material type, etc. It is ILLEGAL to resell and you cannot donate recalled items and we don't want any spots on our record ;-)
There are many ways to shine and we hope you find us BRIGHT!!