I found this adorable vintage balloon skirt at Vintanthromodern Vintage at The Haven Collective a few weeks ago, and I’m so excited to finally break it out!
I was a little hesitant to buy it at first, because I knew it would need a little extra care during the washing process.
When I brought it home, it needed a little brightening up, and it had a few stains on the aqua balloon:
I didn’t want to take it to a dry cleaner — I’m a firm believer in DIY, didn’t you know? — and I have no room for toxic stain removers in my house. So when method asked me to try out their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I thought it must be kismet.
I’ve long been a fan of method’s cleaning products. I use their all-purpose cleaner (the pink grapefruit smells amazing), glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener spray… you get the idea. Their 8x pump laundry detergent has been a laundry staple for over five years. I couldn’t wait to test out their new detergent, especially with all of the fun new colors and fragrances!
I opted for pink, of course — spring garden. Their new biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula is 97% naturally derived and sits in a bottle made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which is music to my ears. method’s detergents do not contain harsh surfactants and chemicals that cause skin irritations, and their fragrances are free of phthalates and tested for allergies.
And another great thing? You don’t need a separate stain remover. method’s 4x laundry detergent will do that, too. So I rubbed a tiny bit of the spring garden detergent on my skirt’s spots and let it sit for 5 minutes.
After my skirt was good and spot-treated, I set my washer to delicates mode and used cold water. Cold water is the most energy-efficient way to wash any clothing, and method’s laundry detergent is formatted specifically for cold water washing. I added in my capful of detergent — and do you see the size of that cap? It’s TINY! I had to photograph it next to a standard size for you to believe how small it is.
I added my delicates — balloon skirt included! — to the washer and let it do its thing. And when I took the skirt out of the dryer last night, it was brighter, whiter, and the spots were gone:
So of course I put it on:
Outfit Details: Red Ruffle Tank: J.Crew, ThredUp, $13. Yellow bow belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Vintage Balloon Skirt: courtesy of Vintanthromodern Vintage. Chevron Tights: Target, $6. Red Glittery Cap Toe Flats: Plato’s Closet, $6 + I added the glitter in this tutorial.
Wanna try out method’s new laundry detergent for yourself? Use code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase here. They’ve also got a super fun partnership going with ASOS and you can enter to win $1,000 to spend on ASOS clothing, woo! Details here.
Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.