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How to prep clothes for a clothing swap

Freshly laundered and scented clothes are always more appealing than stale or musty smelling pieces. Learn how to make your clothes ready for the next swap!

Tip 1: Clean out the closet

Let’s get real: You’ve never worn that yellow crop top—but a friend might. Show your closet who’s boss and start paring down the team. Keep seasonality and quality in mind when choosing what makes the cut. Bring cozy sweaters to winter swaps, bring stale-smelling sundresses… never.

Tip 2: Get must-have freshness

Rid your swaps of stale back-of-closet stink with Scent Beads by Downy. Into the washer you go, little scent beads. Next: clothes. Before you know it, they’ll be fresh enough to get noticed. Start prepping early, because this scentabulousness gives you long-lasting freshness that last up to 12 weeks from wash until wear. Learn more on how to use these tiny scent babies here.

Tip 3: Add extra oomph and softness

For clothes that smell good and feel silky-soft, pour a capful of Downy Liquid Fabric Conditioner into your washing machine. It politely says, “Get out of here, bad musty closet smells” while also boldly saying, “I’d feel so soft on you/take me to your closet.” It’s gutsy like that.

Looking for fabric conditioner tips and tricks? Read on here.

Tip 4: Throw a smell-good time

You can easily make any swap party easy on the eyes, too. Organize garments by type, size, and color so friends can spot their selections quickly. Don’t be shy with what you bring to the table, too… everyone can get their swap on when you invite accessories to the mix.

Tip 5: Remember what goes around…

Comes back around. See: high-waist pants. Fashion-forward is usually fashion-backwards. That friend in the culottes? She’s game for your throwbacks. So, bring that Members Only jacket to the party. Note: Scent is always in, but anything with shoulder pads is still going to be a “no”… or is it?

Tip 6: Wrap it up

If any swap items are left, they won’t be your fresh and fabulous pieces. Once a favorite charity is chosen, fold up the stragglers and find a willing friend to deliver the goods—or do it yourself. As they say, another man’s treasure… and what-not.

Did you know?

Downy helps protect your clothes from 100 times the G Force of a space rocket launch

Downy helps protect your clothes from 100 times the G Force of a space rocket launch

Downy helps protect your clothes from 100 times the G Force of a space rocket launch