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How to Stop Glitter From Falling Off a Dress

Updated February 21, 2017

Some evening or cocktail wear is adorned with glitter to afford its wearer the luxury of sparkling all evening long. That glitter, however, can find its way from the dress or outfit and onto the skin of the person wearing it. In addition it can wind up on other people, furniture and in worst-case scenarios, in someone's eyes. Rest assured, however, that there is a remedy. While all that glitters certainly isn't gold, there are ways to keep that glitter right where it belongs; on your dress.

Take special precautions when laundering the item. If the dress states "Dry Clean Only" on the tag, have it dry cleaned. Mention the glitter to the clerk at the dry cleaners, and ask that special care be taken to stop the glitter from falling off.

Turn the dress inside out before laundering, if the tag states that the garment may be laundered at home. Wash in cold water only and follow explicit instructions on drying. Use a mild washing powder.

Wash the dress in a mesh laundry bag or a pillow case to stop the glitter from falling off. Sometimes the agitation of the washing machine is too rough for the glitter to stay adhered. Protecting the dress in a bag or pillow case may prevent it from falling off.

Spray the dress with hairspray before wearing it out of the house. The starch in the hairspray will help keep the glitter from falling off. Buy a brand that is advertised to not leave film on hair, as a film over glitter will curb the shine. Spray the dress again with hairspray after you have washed it.

Spray the dress with a translucent spray adhesive. Most craft supply stores sell it, or find it in the crafts department in a department store. Read the instructions on the can to determine whether or not you'll need to repeat the process each time the dress is washed.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing powder
  • Pillow case or mesh laundry bag
  • Hairspray
  • Spray adhesive
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About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.