Donating is a great way to get rid of clothes you no longer wear while contributing to your community. However, there are some things you should keep in mind before you donate that old shirt. GreenDrop will accept most clothing donations, but we prefer to maintain high levels of quality. Let’s examine what makes clothing unacceptable for donation so that you can know what to give and what to repurpose or trash.
Ripped or Torn Beyond Repair
The clothes you donate still have to be functional. Small holes or loose strings aren’t the end of the world, but there is a limit to how beat-up a piece of clothing can be before you should consider placing it in the trash. Repairing any holes or tears yourself before donating the item will go a long way to making sure someone else will get some use out of it.
This is another case where the smaller the imperfection, the better. A few drops of wine are quite a bit different than stains that cover a large portion of the garment. You shouldn’t donate anything stained with any kind of bodily fluid for sanitary reasons. Staining can affect the item’s ability to be sold, so taking care of these stains as best as you can before donating is also appreciated.
If you try to wash an article of clothing and it still comes out smelling bad, it’s probably best if you trash it rather than donate it. Clothing with an unpleasant scent can spread that scent to the clothes around it. This means that if the item eventually reaches a thrift store’s racks, it can ruin an entire section of clothing as its smell lingers around.
Only One of a Pair
Socks and shoes are essential items to which many people don’t have regular access, which is why they’re always in demand. However, if you can’t find one of the pair, it’s not going to be a useful donation. Only donate matching sets.
Now that you know what makes clothing unacceptable for donation, you can make a better-informed choice about what you’d like to donate. Whether you call for a pickup or visit one of our clothes donation centers, we here at GreenDrop want to be who you think of first when it’s time to clean out your closet.