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Pro Tricks for Making Your Swimsuit Last Longer

If you’ve taken the plunge this season and invested in a pricey bathing suit—or even if you just want to keep your trusty stand-by in rotation for summers to come without stretching out or fading— read on for a few simple tips on how to keep that suit looking like new. At the beach or pool: Try to limit sunbathing after swimming—the combo […]

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Must-Know Tips for Cleaning Your Clothes

Fabric softener? Turns out, it’s not exactly a necessity (and add chemicals to your clothes!). Must your jeans be laundered every day? Assuming you’re not rolling around in the dirt, you really only *need* to wash ‘em every four or five wears. Real Simple’s Associate Home Editor Stephanie Sisco stopped by The Today Show to share these and other vital laundry, […]

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A “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Laundry Tip

We’re all familiar with the age-old mystery of the missing sock. Where does the other pair go? Armed with this clever laundry tip, you won’t have to wonder anymore.

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A Super Simple Tip For Tailoring Jeans

Bringing your new boot-cuts (or skinnies, or wide-legs…) to the tailor for a hem job? Make sure you toss those jeans into the laundry first. Denim shrinks a bit when you wash it, which can cause the length of the inseam to shorten slightly. Putting your new jeans through two wash-and-dry cycles before you get them hemmed will spare you the grief […]

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How to Dry Clothes Faster

Ah, laundry day. If you’ve put off the chore until the last minute, use these two tips to make sure your clothes are dry by the time you have to be out the door.

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Remove Red Wine Stains From Linens

If your table linens are dotted with red wine stains thanks to a little extra merriment at the holiday party you hosted, follow this stain-fighting trick to ensure the mess gets properly cleaned up.

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How to Make Your Clothes Smell Good

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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How to Clean Embellished Denim

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.

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A New Way to Keep Jeans From Fading

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 […]

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Dry-Clean Your Separates Together

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 […]

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