Archive | August, 2014

30 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

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. […]

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28 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

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 […]

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24 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, sand, sweat and chlorine. To wash after every few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay […]

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22 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

White jeans.

The experts at Elle magazine,,  believe in keeping your white jeans as clean and bright as they were the first day. They recommend spraying new whites with Scotchguard to protect against stains. Avoid yellowing in the wash by using white vinegar instead of chlorine bleach, and be sure to rinse thoroughly to get all the detergent […]

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15 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Style tips just for Leos.

Choose dramatic hues like red, gold or black. Your fashion sensibility is informed by your taste for luxury and your need to be the center of attention. To get both, look for bold looks and, if your wallet can stand it, designer labels like Tom Ford. See a whole gamut of tips for every sign […]

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13 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Science fiction laundry.

Drop a bowling-ball size gizmo into your clothes hamper or laundry basket. First it burrows through the laundry, steaming everything to loosen soil, then it electrostatically sucks the dirt right out of the fabric before blowing hot air through the pile to dry. This futuristic concept from the Electrolux Design Challenge might make the washing […]

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07 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Lint ball?

To avoid spreading lint throughout your entire load of laundry, always separate the into three groups: high, medium and low lint production. Towels and terry robes are high, corduroy, fleece, socks and sweaters are medium, and jeans, T-shirts, workout gear. Turn garments inside out, avoid crowding, over-agitation and high heat. After every load, clean the […]

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03 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Flax — the oldest fiber on earth.

Looking for a warm weather alternative to cotton? Flax is the oldest known fabric, and it’s comparable to cotton in all ways – some even better. Flax is eco-friendly and great for high moisture and humidity areas. Flax, otherwise known as linen, is less likely to mildew, keeps the body cool, and can cost less than cotton. […]

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01 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Get the most from special cottons.

Cotton is not just for weekend anymore – we’re seeing it used in designer wear for summer – but be careful when attempting to clean extra special pieces yourself, even when the label tells you home cleaning is OK. Natural fibers are prone to losing color over time, and special designs and styles require professional cleaning to make that […]

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