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Lost your fluff.

When towels, robes and washcloths lose their fluffy absorbency, they may just need a good washing. Detergent residue and softeners can build up in the fibers, diminish softness and block the thirsty drying qualities of cotton. Run everything through the washer with a cup of white vinegar and an extra rinse cycle. Dry everything, without dryer sheets.

Keep it local.

Want to make a local, sustainable choice that builds the economy? Well look no further than your neighborhood merchants. Born and raised in your hometown, neighborhood businesses create jobs and contribute to our community in many ways. The numbers are impressive: three-quarters of every dollar stays here in your community compared to about 40% when shopping at a large chain company.

Make your bed.

After summer’s hot and humid nights, it’s time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and line dry thoroughly. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace the pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it’s usually less expensive to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets and quilts for musty storage smells. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up when winter chills arrive.

Storage season.

Before you stow away the swim suits, linen trousers and patio cushions, be sure everything is clean, clean, clean. Invisible spots can oxidize into permanent stains – food drips and body oils are an invitation to hungry insects. Once everything is clean, store in a cool, dry place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags.

Classic jeans.

When you buy new raw denim jeans, aficionados recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? Wear will break down the super-stiff denim, the fabric actually conforms to your shape. When you’re ready to wash, turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle, hot water if you want fading. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry. Lay flat, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked legs and fold up in half with bottoms up to the waistband. Fold in half again and store in an uncrowded drawer or shelf.