If your clothes are clean but have lost that freshly-laundered smell, Kim Castellano, author of The Dirty Side of Fashion (To buy: $20, fashionfirstaid.com), recommends tossing your garments into the dryer with a sachet of lavender.
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Decked-out jeans require some TLC, though not as much as you might think. It’s important to check the label, but you can generally machine-wash printed, colored, velvet, and motorcycle styles if you take a few precautions.
Hate when your vibrant jeans start to fade in the wash? Try this smart DIY tip: Just add salt! While it’s wise to follow the care instructions for fabrics, Catherine Ryu, creative director of jean outfitter Citizens of Humanity, recommends, “If you want to go a step further with dark indigo, black, and colored jeans, add two tablespoons of salt to your […]
Do your suit separates tend to fade at different rates? The culprit could be the way you clean them. Because of the chemicals, finishing, and pressing used in dry-cleaning, there’s a good chance the pieces you get cleaned less often will outlast their over-laundered mates. Be sure to clean all of your separates together—after checking, of course, if they really […]
One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry (other than, well, doing laundry) is the number of socks that emerge from the wash without their pair.
Ever noticed that after you wear a new pair of dark jeans, you end up with Indigo dye on your hands, your shirt, your purse, and whatever else comes in contact with your pants? There’s actually a name for this—crocking—and it happens naturally with most denim. (You have to use a lot of ink to get a rich color.) Here’s […]
You spend all summer diligently applying SPF, and how does the universe thank you? By getting splotchy sunscreen stains all over your clothes. Fortunately, there are a few fixes you can try. One method is to spot-treat the culprit with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and glycerin ($4, walmart.com). Alternatively, try pretreating the blotch with a stain remover, a liquid […]
There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a refreshing shower and drying off with a musty towel.
If you have a house full of kids (or houseguests!) use permanent markers to write everyone’s name on clothespins, then attach each clothespin to the appropriate towel.
Thought it’s tempting to save time and effort by putting a white blouse back in the closet after a spill-free wear, your whites should always be laundered after each wear.