How can I make sure my used sweaters don't have bedbugs?
October 16, 2010 11:52 PM Subscribe
I just bought some secondhand sweaters and I'm concerned about bedbugs. What can I do to make sure they're not infested?
posted by vanitas to clothing, beauty, & fashion (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I know you're supposed to wash secondhand clothes in hot water and then put them in the dryer to kill any bedbugs to be sure.
But, I just bought two used sweaters from Value Village, one of them is 100% acrylic and the other is a ramie/cotton blend, and according to the tags I'm not supposed to put either in the dryer, and the ramie/cotton one says to only wash in cold water to boot.
What can I do to make sure they're bedbug free before I wear them? And is there any weird chance I could have picked up bedbugs by trying them on in the dressing room?
I haven't noticed any weird bites or anything but I'm nervous because I live in Vancouver where bedbugs have been a problem lately and I really do not want them!