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Seasonal storage.

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.

Too much of a good thing.

Using too much fabric softener on towels can leave a waxy, water-resistant coating on the fibers that is the opposite effect of a good towel. Would you use wax paper or a paper towel to blot water? To get your towels back to absorbency, add a quarter cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle for a few washes – without softener, ever. If you have the luxury of a clothes line, nothing beats air dried towels for a crispy, fresh feeling.

Cramped closet?

The coming fall is a good time to clean out the jumble. Living Well Spending Less has a great article based on a 40-hanger closet. It starts with splurging on 40 new matching hangers. Then the purging, editing and organizing begins. You end up with the quality pieces you love, wear often and are stylish and flattering. Every time you add a piece, you have to remove an old one, so you end up buying smarter, and less often. Read more at http://goo.gl/AehAb4

Happy Labor Day weekend.

We’ll be closed on Monday to celebrate the holiday with our families. It’s a time to remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it right.” Come to think of it, every day is a good time to remember the value of doing things right. It’s why our customers keep coming back for more cleaning and laundry “done right.”

Picnic aftermath.

Real Simple has great tips for laundry in their August issue. For ketchup, they recommend using Shout, then lightly scrubbing with a clean toothbrush dipped in white vinegar. For mustard, saturate with white vinegar, then apply dish-soapy water. Spilled beer? Soak in 2 cups cool water with a quarter cup white. Or use the vinegar on a salad and bring everything to our stain experts. We almost always can restore your garments (and household linens) to unstained beauty.