Avoiding bed bugs in used clothing
If you're a buyer of second-hand kids' clothes, a lover of the "free bin," or a garage sale or thrift store shopper, you need to be wary about bedbugs. Bedbugs are making a comeback across the United States and can stow away in furniture, mattresses, clothing...just about anything.
I'm not much of a thrifter myself, but I do swing by the resale shops looking for kids' clothes. Buying used clothes is one of the best parent hacks there is! My new habit, as suggested by Dr. Phyllis Richie in my local newspaper:
- Immediately place items in a Ziploc bag and seal tightly.
- Either take them directly to the dry cleaner, or wash them in hot water, then dry on HOT for at least 30 minutes.
Has the threat of bedbugs changed your used goods buying habits?
And, is it just me, or are bed bugs an odd topic for a bedtime book?