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Keep your jeans in shape

Scared of shrinking your fancy new jeans? Remember, it’s the last 15% of the hot dry cycle that causes shrinkage. Clothing has a base moisture level when “dry,” but overdrying causes the fabric to shrink, fade and lose softness. Instead of using a hot dryer, hang dry or “air only” dry those items you are worried about. A trick to maintain the right shape: when taking out of the wash, tug at the legs and the waist to tension them out to size before hanging to dry. This removes wrinkles and restores the original shape. When in doubt, bring them in for professional laundering or dry cleaning.

Flax by any name

Are you in the hunt for a cool fabric this season, but want to try something other than cotton? Flax is the oldest known fabric, and is commonly referred to as linen. Flax is eco-friendly and great for areas with high moisture and humidity. Flax is less likely to mildew, keeps the body cool, and can cost less than cotton. Another bonus – flax is less likely to fade in the sun, so bust out bright flax t-shirts and summer dresses this sizzling summer. And don’t worry if one care label says Flax while another says Linen – designers are capitalizing on the “go green” boom and putting flax on their care labels instead of linen – but have no fear, they are the same great fabric.

Dad’s day ideas

Looking for a few ideas outside of the box for Dad this year? Bring his favorite, but worn long sleeve shirt to our alterations team. Dress shirts commonly wear out in the cuffs and elbows first, but our on-site alterations team can turn that shirt into his favorite short sleeve summer shirt in no time. No old shirts he wants to save? We can apply custom patches to any shirt – make Dad his own logo’d golf or bowling shirt – nothing says I love you like a gift from the heart.

More laundry tricks with baking soda

Want a natural way to brighten whites, even vintage linens? Use baking soda in your next load of laundry. The natural chemistry gently removes dirt and debris, even set-in odors, all while being safe for even the most delicate skin. It works great as a natural fabric softener and is fragrance free. For any of these easy fixes, add ½ cup of baking soda to your wash water and let it do the hard work. Baking soda even comes to the rescue for some of the harshest stains – like a melted crayon that made it through the wash and dry cycle – put those crayon colored clothes in the machine with the hottest water allowable and add ½ -1 box of baking soda to remove waxy colors.

Odor outers

Are smelly stains making you wrinkle your nose every time you lay down on your pillowcase or wipe your mouth with your napkin? Did you forget a load of laundry in the washing machine and now it smells like mildew? Or did the dog lay on your favorite blanket and all you smell is wet dog even after its been washed? Well, take a trick out of grandma’s playbook and break out the vinegar – Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with the detergent and water then add the items into the machine. Vinegar helps erase the smell and can prevent color bleeding at the same time.