If you’re lucky enough to enjoy an outdoor clothesline, here are a few old tricks to drying laundry outdoors. Turn right-side out and shake damp laundry to smooth out wrinkles before hanging. Dry shirts on hangers for crease-free results, ready for touchup ironing. Hang pants by the bottom hem. That’s the way to hang t-shirts and polos, too. Hang like items together to make sorting and folding go faster. Splurge on good wooden clothespins and don’t forget to wipe down the clothesline when it gets grimy. Enjoy the crisp texture and fresh smell from line-drying. And it’s free!
We made it through winter and spring with the Covid-19 pandemic threatening lives, livelihoods and pretty much upsetting our daily routines. When you don’t go to work, school, church or restaurants, your needs for dry cleaning and laundry services diminish to a slow trickle. Like other community businesses, we depend on local customers to keep our doors open, our employees busy and our families fed. We appreciate every relationship we’ve built over the years and thank you for allowing us to serve you. We look forward to seeing you as soon as circumstances (and health officials) allow.
There’s been a lot of bleach spread around lately to kill the coronavirus. Using bleach in your laundry certainly sanitizes, but it can also damage your garments. Not all fabrics are color-safe, so test an inconspicuous area with chlorine bleach before it’s too late. Always use any type of bleach in a well-ventilated area and protect your skin from direct contact. Bleach performs best with hot water. Some machines have a bleach dispenser, if not add the bleach during the wash cycle. Rinse well and enjoy.
Stowing winter leathers.
Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter conditions. Wipe shoes and boots with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.
Washing a baseball cap.
Loved caps carry more than good memories. They’re seldom fresh, always sweat stained with sometimes a touch of mustard on the brim. Really Simple offers a quick way to freshen: Add a drop of mild laundry detergent to a sink or basin filled with cool water. Soak the hat for ten minutes, rinse thoroughly and blot dry with a clean towel. Avoid twisting the brim and hang to dry. See the full article for deep clean tricks, cautions and tips using a dishwasher for baseball caps!
Keep white shoes white.
Summer’s here and white sneakers are a great way to round out a casual look. Fashion site whowhatwear.com suggests gently rubbing the shoe surfaces with a mix of 2 cups warm water and ¼ cup of laundry detergent. Rinse your scrub brush in fresh water often. Wipe down with a clean towel and rescrub remaining stains, or use a stain remover. When you’re satisfied, stuff the clean shoes with wadded newspapers and air dry outdoors. In a rush? Put your sneakers in a mesh bag and wash on gentle cycle, warm water.
Face mask cleaning.
Here’s a new tip for a category of cleaning we’ve not known before. Cloth masks are helping slow the spread of Covid-19, and after using may collect virus particles. Just throw preshrunk and washable masks in the washing machine with other outdoor clothes, launder in hot water and dry on high heat. Another option is to seal used masks in a plastic bag and wait a week for possible viral contamination to die. Keep your cleaned masks isolated to keep them uncontaminated.
Clean, cleaner, cleanest.
The COVID-19 pandemic has us all thinking about cleaning, especially where we’re spending most of our time. Like you, we’re wiping often-touched surfaces like door handles, counter tops and even our screens on phones, tablets and computers. Every garment we clean is sanitized, and we keep it sanitized all through the delivery process. To thoroughly clean garments, towels and bed linens at home, launder in water that’s above 80° F to sanitize fabrics — without the need for chlorine bleach. Heat in the dryer helps, too. Stay safe, stay well. Wash your hands often, and we’ll get through this together.
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A funny question:
“Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?” Yes, keep washing hands. And clothes, household linens, towels and anything else that might have come in contact with the novel coronavirus. Protecting our health by preventing transmission of the virus is the only way we have to slow the pandemic.