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newPut a few tablespoons of hair conditioner in the rinse cycle when washing linen garments. Many people swear it makes their linens more lustrous. And, as linen is a natural fiber, it makes sense!

newAs you prepare to store your winter clothes, remember the two most important rules – DO NOT store clothing in plastic dry cleaner bags and NEVER put clothes away dirty. Moths love to eat organic matter on clothes!

newWashing your holiday finery? Be careful! Make sure to button or zip beaded or sequined garments completely and turn them inside out so that the embellishments are protected. Use the gentle cycle with cold water and a detergent designed for hand washing. Never put sequined garments in the dryer - the beading could melt. If the woven garments can be hung to dry, while knitted items should be dried flat.

newUse dryer balls to eliminate static from your clothes. It's safer and better for the environment than dryer sheets.

newIf you're saving some cash by ironing at home instead of sending clothes to the dry cleaners, here are some simple rules regarding clothing fabric: Cotton or silky rayon should be ironed right side up. Polyester, either way. All other items should be ironed inside out.

newPay attention to the surfaces you sit on to avoid clothing pulls. Never sit directly on concrete or unsanded wood, since these surfaces are notorious for creating unsightly pulls.

newDid you know your shampoo and conditioner could multitask? Use them dissolved in lukewarm water to wash your cashmere sweaters.

Before putting your leather jacket away for summer, be sure it is completely dry to avoid mildew. The best storage is a breathable garment bag.

Winter is the season for wool. And though you don't need to wash it every time you wear it, you should let it rest at least a day or two before wearing it again. Its natural resiliency will take care of any wrinkles.

In tough economic times, it's important to toughen up your clothes. Get out the needle and thread to take care of little tears and loose strings before they become big holes and unraveled sweaters!

Winter means wool - to keep your wool garments in optimum shape, make sure to empty the pockets in between wearing to prevent sagging!

Dry cleaning isn't so kind to the planet, but many articles whose tags specify "dry clean only" can actually be hand washed, especially silk, wool and linen. This means you can feel better about your carbon footprint!

Delicate garments need special care. Just turning an item inside out can keep it from chafing against other articles and help protect the fabric. And remember to use any delicate settings your washer offers!

Before storing your summer clothes, make sure to clean them properly. Unseen food stains like light soda and white wine or body oils can lead to color fading and invite bugs and moths to feast on your favorite shirt!

Did you know that silk is washable? Hand wash garments in warm water using a mild, detergent.  Rinse well. Roll in a towel to partially dry, then hang to finish drying. Use a cool iron to press.

Did you know that on the Warm Cycle newer high-tech washing machines usually do a 60/40 mix of hot to cold water? That cleans most fabrics a little better than the traditional 50/50 mix.

Need to wear that shirt or pair of pants that have been crumpled at the back of your closet? Use a wrinkle release spray to smooth out the wrinkles with the added bonus of a fresh, clean scent!

Make your own laundry detergent by mixing 1 cup Ivory soap, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use only 1 tablespoon for light loads or 2 tablespoons for heavy loads.

Make washday green! Just wait until you have a full load, turn clothes inside out and use the lowest water temperature possible. Choose phosphate-free and biodegradable detergent.

Did you know those no-iron, all cotton dress shirts really do not need ironing?  Dry them on low heat for 10 minutes, and they look like they just came back from the cleaners!

Joan Crawford was on to something with her “No Wire Hangers” rule. Use plastic or padded hangers; they are far more gentle on your clothing.

Remove grass stains from washable fabric by sponging with water, then with rubbing alcohol. Let dry, then sponge with cool water and work liquid detergent into the stain. Rinse with water and let dry. (Do not use alcohol on silk or wool.)

To freshen dry-clean-only curtains, put the curtains  in the dryer on the air fluff setting for about 10 minutes. As soon as the  machine stops, remove the curtains, shake them out and  rehang.

To eliminate static, just crumple up a sheet of aluminum foil and throw it in the dryer! Save money on dryer sheets and be kind to the earth as well!

Remove oil-soluble grease and grass marks, and spots and stains from fabric with a cloth moistened with eucalyptus oil. It's a natural wonder!

To store woolen items, make a cedar sachet by cutting a foot off of a pair of pantyhose and filling it with cedar chips. Toss it into an airtight plastic container with your woolen items!

Santa's red velvet suit usually needs a good fluffing. Put it in the dryer on NO heat or LOW heat and give it a spin. It's a quick and easy way to plump up coats and blankets that have spent too much time in cramped quarters.

Unless you have a cedar closet or cedar lined drawers, mothballs are a good idea when storing winter woolens. For some reason, moths still find the taste of wool irresistible!

When that slushy, salty, grimy, sandy, chilly snow gets on your clothes, be
sure to pop them in the wash ASAP. That winter concoction can leave stains
that are unsightly and damaging.

Water Alert! Whether or not you live in a low-water area, why not wait until you have a full load to do a wash? Clothes get just as clean, and you’ll keep your water bill down.

When traveling this summer, don’t overpack – it’s sure to crush and wrinkle your garments. Put a piece of drycleaner plastic or stuffing tissue over each item of clothing in your bag to help reduce wrinkling.

To relieve static cling, apply hand lotion and rub your hands up and down your hosiery. Voilà! Static cling disappears! Or, try stroking your garments with a wire hanger.

When using your iron, always use tap or bottled water. Distilled water can strip away the silicone coating inside the water chamber.

After washing big, heavy items like towels or throw rugs, put them on a rack to dry. Then soften them up in the dryer for 10 or 15 minutes. It saves electricity and extends the life of towels and rugs!

Make sure your iron has an automatic shutoff. It could prevent an accident!

To prevent renegade droplets of bleach from contaminating your vibrant violet vest and awesome orange underwear, do your white laundry load after all the colors are washed.

Never place an iron directly on delicate fabrics like silk or chiffon – protect them with a t-shirt or towel. Or play it even safer, and use a Conair® fabric steamer!

When storing seasonal items for next year, use an airtight plastic container instead of wood or wicker. Your clothes will emerge just as fresh as the day you packed them away!

Sometimes separating darks and whites isn’t the best way to clean your clothes. Try separating by fabric type or weight, and be sure to follow the instructions on delicate or dry-clean-only items.

Small items are easy to iron. For larger garments, curtains or bed linens, a full-size garment steamer is a lot faster!

Sensitive skin? Substitute a half-cup of baking powder for laundry detergent or bleach. Clothes come out cleaner and the baking powder neutralizes harsh chemicals that may irritate delicate skin.

Clothes last longer if you occasionally skip a trip to the dry cleaners and refresh them with a garment steamer!

Dry-cleaning chemicals can be hard on clothes. Steam them between visits to prolong the life of the fabric.

Nobody likes to iron! Hit the tough wrinkles with a burst of steam — you’ll never know they were there!

It’s time to stop spending so much of your hard-earned money on dry cleaning. Invest in a fabric steam press. It’s much less time consuming than a hand-held iron, and you can bang out a bunch of clothes in no time. Look sharp without the hit to your wallet.

Does your idea of looking presentable involve a crisp button-down collar shirt? Doesn’t steaming your clothes to perfection sound easy? It is. Try a hand-held steamer and simply point and click your way to wrinkle-free clothes.

Do you loathe the time-consuming chore of ironing? Take back your time with a professional fabric steamer - quick and easy!

Running late for an important date? Try hanging your garment in your bathroom as you shower - wrinkles will become less prominent in the steamy room.

Skip the expensive dry cleaners and opt instead for a professional quality digital steam iron.

 
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